Adelaide crowned fifth most livable city

By Brett Pilgrim

Residents of Adelaide property will no doubt already be aware of what a great place to live it is, but this status has been confirmed by the Economist Intelligence Unit's Global Liveability Ranking. The group rated a total of 140 cities across the world based on a range of criteria, and Adelaide emerged in fifth place.

Adelaide's total score was 97.5 out of 100, putting it in joint position with the Canadian city of Calgary. Aspects considered when compiling the ranking are the healthcare, education and cultural facilities on offer.

Tourism minister Leon Bignell wasn't surprised that the city performed so well, saying it has "definitely grown up" over the past few years.

"Adelaide is a very special place in the world and it's terrific to have an independent, international study to remind us to recognise and appreciate the many things we can sometimes take for granted," he commented.

Among the benefits of living in the South Australian capital is that there has been plenty of redevelopment work over recent years, including the Adelaide Oval and Riverbank precinct. It also has a low crime rate, as well as excellent healthcare and educational facilities.

The city's success on this year's ranking is particularly impressive, as the Economist Intelligence Unit revealed that over the past five years, the average liveability has fallen 1 per cent across the globe. This is mainly due to declines in scores for safety and stability.

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