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Melbourne has been repeatedly declared the most liveable city in the world by The Economist’s liveability rankings, which surveys over 140 cities around the world.

People living in Melbourne enjoy a safe city, affordable healthcare, world-class education, reliable infrastructure, business opportunities and a healthy environment – all of which are unrivalled anywhere else in the world.

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People, language and government

Melbourne is the capital city of the state of Victoria and is home to more than 4.5 million people. We have a proud history of cultural diversity – we’re made up of many different people from all kinds of cultures and all ages. We’re inclusive, progressive and respectful of people’s differences.

The official language spoken in Melbourne is English, but more than 100 languages are spoken by Melbourne residents including Mandarin, Italian, Greek, Cantonese, Arabic and Vietnamese.

Melbourne is governed by a strong and stable government and we have three levels of government in Australia to ensure all aspects of society are effectively governed.

Local government

Victoria has 79 local councils covering the entire state to ensure Victorians enjoy responsive and accountable local government services.

Use the interactive map on the Metropolitan Melbourne page to learn more about the local councils in Melbourne and Victoria.

State government

The Victorian Government is responsible for overseeing all aspects of our society at a state level. You can find out more about the Victorian Government, including the Parliament of Victoria, Premier and Cabinet, and state departments and agencies.

Federal government

The Australian Commonwealth Government is the national government of Australia and is responsible for the effective governing of Australia’s national and international interests.

Find out more about the Australian Commonwealth Government.

Visit us to see for yourself why Melbourne is the most liveable city in the world.

Melbourne facts

2.5 million
International visitors per year
4,529,500
Population
36.7%
residents were born overseas
35.3 YEARS
median age
444.5
persons per square km population density
29.1%
residents speak a language other than English at home
74.6%
residents with access to the internet at home
73,946
migrants arrived in Melbourne in 2014
57.6%
residents have a post-school qualification
999,052 Ha
Land area