Edinburgh is only UK city to make it into top 20 ‘most liveable’ in the world as crime and pollution hit quality of life in 40th-place London Edinburgh ranked 19 and Aberdeen 21 in most liveable cities index London came in at 49 place, Manchester at 40th, Cardiff at 24th Dublin re-enters top 10 at
Edinburgh is only UK city to make it into top 20 ‘most liveable’ in the world as crime and pollution hit quality of life in 40th-place London
- Edinburgh ranked 19 and Aberdeen 21 in most liveable cities index
- London came in at 49 place, Manchester at 40th, Cardiff at 24th
- Dublin re-enters top 10 at ninth position
- Copenhagen and Bern top the list for best living standards
London lags behind all UK cities, except Glasgow, when it comes to quality of life as more crime and more pollution make living conditions worse in the capital, new research shows.
Edinburgh is the only city in the UK to make it to the top 20 most liveable cities in the world. The Scottish capital ranked 19 thanks to a range of factors including lower air pollution and a greater level of personal security.
Aberdeen, another Scottish city, came in at 21 for similar reasons, but London ranked way below at 49, along with Belfast, behind only Glasgow, which was at 57th place.
More crime and more pollution make living conditions worse in London
Manchester came in at 40th place, while Cardiff did better at 24th place.
But none of the UK cities anyway stand a chance in the with Northern European cities, which continue to dominate the top of the rankings in the latest annual report by ECA International.
Neil Ashman, analyst at ECA International said: ‘It is understandable that smaller cities such as Edinburgh, Manchester and Belfast score better in areas that will always pose a challenge for a city as big as London, such air quality and personal security.
‘This is a trend we see repeated throughout the world. For instance, Berlin is the lowest ranked of the seven German cities in our rankings, and Paris is fourth out of the five French cities in our list.’
Top 20 most liveable locations in the world (Source: ECA International)
Denmark’s capital Copenhagen and the Swiss city of Bern offer the best liveability standards, scoring at the top of the index for now over seven years.
And Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland, re-entered the top ten for the first time in three years thanks to higher levels of security, making it to ninth position.
Cities around the world are evaluated on a variety of factors including availability of health services, housing and utilities, vicinity to expats community, leisure facilities, infrastructure, climate, personal safety, political tensions and air quality.
Ashman added: ‘Cities in Scandinavia, Switzerland and the Netherlands have offered good liveability across the board for many years now; with factors such as excellent infrastructure, reliable transport systems, and a high level of healthcare all contributing to their consistently excellent liveability score.’
The most liveable non-European city was Toronto, in Canada, with Canadian cities generally all scoring well thanks to low crime levels, good public facilities, and little air pollution.
Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal all scored higher than Belfast, London and Glasgow in the UK, the report shows.