Manchester has again been ranked the most liveable city in the UK in The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Survey and 43rd in the survey of 140 global cities – up from 46th last year and 10 places above London.
The survey assesses which locations around the world provide the best or the worst living conditions.
Every city is assigned a rating of relative comfort for over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories – stability; healthcare; culture and environment; education; and infrastructure.
Each factor is rated as acceptable, tolerable, uncomfortable, undesirable or intolerable. For qualitative indicators, a rating is awarded based on the judgment of in-house analysts and in-city contributors. For quantitative indicators, a rating is calculated based on the relative performance of a number of external data points.
The scores are then compiled and weighted to provide a score of 1–100, where 1 is considered intolerable and 100 is considered ideal.
The top ten most liveable cities in the world according to the survey are as follows: