Melbourne was ranked the first in the most livable city and my city Sydney the sixth as reported by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Survey.
Equally surprising is that two other Australian cities Perth and Adelaide (both ranked eighth) are also in the top ten on the list of 140 cities.  So is Australia the most livable country?
According to the survey, each city is assigned a score for over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.
Livable may mean higher cost of living as many of us have pointed out the fact that Sydney is also ranked the sixth most expensive city in the world. To cite an example, currently a value McDonald’s meal in Hong Kong is US$3.0-$3.2, here in Sydney a cheeseburger meal is around AU$4.25. Not to mention other daily necessities, in which the price is unbelievably high. I have been often reminded that the cause of this is a lack of competition.
There are thousands of reasons to love and hate our city. I have never complained Sydney on its air quality, and the blue sky we miss so much in other parts of the world.  Of course I have to admit that the UV radiation index is relatively too high.
But I believe nobody knows better than the people in Sydney whether this city is livable or not.  When do we start questioning the validity and value of these reports?
Perhaps it is time we examined our city to see whether the name “livable” is justified.

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