If you've never taken a trip down under, perhaps now is the time. Melbourne, Australia was named by The Economist as the world's most livable city in 2016. But that's not even its impressive accomplishment. Melbourne has earned this distinction for six years straight. The next cities on the 2016 list are, in order, Vienna, Austria; Vancouver, Canada; Toronto, Canada; Calgary, Canada; Adelaide, Australia; Perth, Australia; and Auckland, New Zeal and.
The Economist ranks these cities based on what they call the "livability index." The index ranks 30 factors on a scale of 1 to 100. The factors are related to safety, health care, educational resources, infrastructure, and the environment. The Economist ranks 140 cities around the world to determine which provide the best or worst living conditions. In 2016, the city of Damascus in Syria ranked lowest on the scale, scoring a 30.2 out of 100. Watch the video below to learn facts about the top-scoring city, Melbourne.