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The world's most liveable city

With friendly people, a great lifestyle and endless business opportunities, you’ll quickly fall in love with Melbourne.

There are many reasons why Melbourne has been crowned the most liveable city in the world – for five years in a row.

In the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2015 global ranking, we scored an impressive 97.5 out of 100, beating other top 10 ranked cities in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. This was thanks to our top scores in all five categories – stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

It’s not just our lifestyle that people love – it’s also our friendly locals. That’s why Conde Nast Traveler magazine ranked us as the world’s friendliest city in 2014.

Here are just some of Melbourne’s highlights.

Botanical Gardens Melbourne park lake and bench

Affordable lifestyle

Melbourne is more affordable than many other cities like Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney.

Visit our Money & tax section to compare the cost of living in Melbourne to other countries with detailed costs on clothing, education, transport, food, entertainment and more.

World class education

From kindergarten through to university, Melbourne is home to some of the region’s best educational institutions.

Our talented population is highly educated with high levels of post-secondary qualifications. And it’s no wonder – we have 10 world-class universities in our state and Melbourne has the highest ranked university in Australia and the third highest in the Asia Pacific.

Melbourne was given a perfect score for education from the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Survey 2015.

Visit our Education & childcare section to find out more about our world class education. 

World leading healthcare

Melburnians have a life expectancy that is amongst the highest in the world, buoyed by Australia’s world-renowned healthcare system, which includes high quality public and private hospitals, as well as community health services, ambulance and dental services.

Melbourne was given a perfect score for healthcare from the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Survey 2015.

Visit our Health & wellbeing section to learn more about our world leading healthcare.

Homes to suit all tastes

No matter what your taste or budget is, Melbourne has the perfect home for you. 

If you love city living, why not live in one of our many inner city apartments? If you prefer more space and a quieter lifestyle, there are great suburbs within an easy commute of the city.  The choice is yours.

Visit our Housing and property section to find out more about renting and buying a home in Melbourne.  

Great weather

Melbourne’s unique climate has something for everyone – summers that are warm, autumns that are moderate, winters that are cool, and springs that are sunny and bright.

When you’re enjoying Melbourne’s great outdoors, you’ll also notice our clean air quality. We don’t suffer from high levels of air pollution that are common to other major cities around the world.

Visit our Environment and weather section to learn more about Melbourne’s unique climate.

Discover more

Of course, there’s so much more that life in Melbourne has to offer you and your family.

Continue exploring this website to learn more.