Hamburg is among the ten most liveable cities worldwide, according to a ranking by the Intelligence Unit of The Economist, Britain’s leading business magazine, and published in mid August 2016. Melbourne in Australia topped the ranking again. Vienna in Austria and Vancouver in Canada came second and third this year. Once a year, scientists take a closer look at lifestyle challenges in larger cities worldwide on behalf of The Economist. The Hanseatic city was able to improve its standing among the 140 cities surveyed.
Ranking considers 30 factors
Which factors determine liveability in a city? The researchers outlined 30 factors including healthcare, culture, environment, education, safety and infrastructure. Living costs were excluded and the rising fear of terrorist attacks was added to the ranking.
This so-called “stability” factor was the reason for Hamburg’s improved ranking. Sydney, for instance, dropped due to a perceived heightened terrorism threat, according to the authors. A similar perception would have also lead to a decline in the positions of Frankfurt and Berlin.
Hamburg’s strong points
Hamburg scored 95 out of 100 points in terms of liveability. Melbourne, on the other hand, came first with 97.5 points. The Hanseatic city achieved full marks in the categories “infrastructure” and “healthcare” (100 points) and also excelled in the “culture and environment” as well as “education” categories (93.5 vs. 91.7 points). In terms of “stability”, most residents of Hamburg said they felt relatively safe from terrorism and crime and the city scored 90 points in this category.