Auckland has been named the most livable city in the world for 2021, while London and New York fail to make the top 50

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Auckland is the most liveable city in the world for 2021, according to a new study.

Researchers assessed 140 cities around the world, scoring them on stability, healthcare, culture, environment, education and infrastructure.

The Japanese city of Osaka is in second place, followed by Adelaide, Australia in third place. Neither London nor New York make the top 50, while the least livable city for the ninth year in a row is the Syrian capital Damascus.

Auckland is the most livable city in the world for 2021, according to a study by the Economist Intelligence Unit

Auckland is the most livable city in the world for 2021, according to a study by the Economist Intelligence Unit

The list is compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) as part of the Global Liveability Ranking for 2021.

According to the EIU, Auckland rose to the top of the ranking “for its successful approach in containing the Covid-19 pandemic, keeping society open and scoring highly on a number of metrics, including education, culture and the environment.”

In joint fourth place is another city in New Zealand, Wellington, and the Japanese capital Tokyo.

Perth, Australia, is sixth, followed by Zurich seventh. The rest of the top 10 consists of Geneva (joint eighth), Melbourne (joint eighth) and Brisbane (10th). Sydney just missed a place in the top 10 and is eleventh.

The highest ranked city in the UK is Manchester in 54th place while London is in 60th place.

The most esteemed US city is Honolulu, which jumped 46 places to 14th this year.

The Japanese city of Osaka claims second place in the ranking, pictured

The Japanese city of Osaka claims second place in the ranking, pictured

THE WORLD’S MOST LIVABLE CITIES INDEX 2021

THE 10 MOST LIVEABLE

1. Auckland, New Zealand

2. Osaka, Japan

3. Adelaide, Australia

4= Wellington, New Zealand

4 = Tokyo, Japan

6. Perth, Australia

7. Zurich, Switzerland

8= Geneva, Switzerland

8= Melbourne, Australia

10. Brisbane, Australia

THE 10 LEAST LIVABLE

131. Caracas, Venezuela

132. Douala, Cameroon

133. Harare, Zimbabwe

134. Karachi, Pakistan

135. Tripoli, Libya

136. Algiers, Algeria

137. Dhaka, Bangladesh

138. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

139. Lagos, Nigeria

140. Damascus, Syria

Source: The Economist Intelligence Unit

The EIU says this is due to its “strong progress in containing the pandemic and rolling out its vaccination program.”

Other US cities in the ranking are Atlanta (24th), Pittsburgh (25th), Houston (31st), Boston (34th), Minneapolis (36th), Seattle (40th), San Francisco (joint 43rd), Washington DC (joint 43rd) , Cleveland (48th), Detroit (52nd), Los Angeles (55th), Lexington (56th) and New York (59th).

At the bottom of the table, cities in Africa, Asia and South America are the least livable cities.

These are Caracas (131st), Douala (132nd), Harare (133rd), Karachi (134th), Tripoli (135th), Algiers (136th), Dhaka (137th), Port Moresby (138th) and Lagos (139th).

The Australian city of Adelaide is in third place.  There are four Australian cities in the top 10

The Australian city of Adelaide is in third place. There are four Australian cities in the top 10

New Zealand's Wellington, pictured, shares fourth place with Japan's capital Tokyo

New Zealand’s Wellington, pictured, shares fourth place with Japan’s capital Tokyo

Overall, the EIU says the Covid-19 pandemic has caused quality of life to decline in the past 12 months “as cities faced lockdowns and significant pressure on their health systems.”

It adds: “This led to an unprecedented level of change in the rankings, with many of the cities previously ranked as the most livable cities tumbling.

‘European and Canadian countries in particular performed poorly in this year’s edition. Vienna, previously the most livable city in the world, dropped to 12th position. While the biggest climber overall was Hamburg, which dropped 34 places to 47th place.’

Upasana Dutt, head of global livability at the Economist Intelligence Unit, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on global livability.

Cities around the world are now much less livable than they were before the pandemic started, and we have seen regions like Europe hit particularly hard.

The Syrian capital Damascus is ranked as the least livable city in the world.  This photo was taken in 2009 before the conflict broke out there

The Syrian capital Damascus is ranked as the least livable city in the world. This photo was taken in 2009 before the conflict broke out there

“The cities that have risen to the top of the rankings this year are largely the ones that have taken strict measures to contain the pandemic.

New Zealand’s strict lockdown has allowed their society to reopen and residents of cities such as Auckland and Wellington to enjoy a lifestyle similar to pre-pandemic life.

‘An area where unfortunately little has changed is at the bottom of our ranking.

Damascus remains the least livable city in the world as the effects of the civil war in Syria continue to take their toll. Indeed, most of the previous 10 least livable cities remain in the bottom 10 this year.”

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