Auckland has moved up one place to be named the world’s eighth most liveable city.

It’s the only New Zealand city to make the top 10 in The Economist’s annual list, which was topped again by Melbourne for the sixth year in a row.

Overall Auckland scored 95.7 points overall in the rating system. It’s highest individual score was 100 for education, while a 92.9 for infrastructure was the lowest.

Auckland scored the same overall last year, but moved up a place after Sydney dropped out of the top 10 rankings altogether.

The Economist says while the most liveable cities the world remain largely unchanged, there has been movement within the top tier.

“As global instability grows, these movements have been overwhelmingly negative, with no city in the top tier registering a score improvement,” their report said.

“Nonetheless, there does appear to be a correlation between the types of cities that sit right at the very top of the ranking. Those that score best tend to be mid-sized cities in wealthier countries with a relatively low population density.”

With an overall score of 30.2 Damascus in Syria was the least liveable city in 2016.


1. Melbourne, Australia

2. Vienna, Austria

3. Vancouver, Canada

4. Toronto, Canada

=5. Calgary, Canada

=5. Adelaide, Australia

7. Perth, Australia

8. Auckland, New Zealand

9. Helsinki, Finland

10. Hamburg, Germany

(Source: The Economist Intelligence Unit)