Not to be confused with our 25 Cities That Boast The Highest Quality Of Life In The World; every year, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), an independent business within The Economist Group providing forecasting and advisory services, publishes a report known as the EIU´s Livability Ranking. Analyzing and evaluating the livability of 140 world major cities, the ranking is based on 30 qualitative and quantitative factors spread across five areas: stability (threat of crime, terrorism etc.), infrastructure (housing, roads, energy, and other basic utilities), education (both public and private indicators), healthcare (availability of public and private care) and culture and environment (climate, sports, corruption, cultural activities etc.). A city´s livability may be a very interesting and important thing to consider when you are about to move to a new place. To find out what the most livable cities for 2015 are, take a look at our list. You might be surprised not to find some of the world´s most renowned metropolises such as London, New York or Paris in the top 25 list but as you will see, rather mid-sized cities in wealthy countries dominated the ranking. From Luxembourg and Stockholm to Vienna and Melbourne, these are 25 World´s Most Livable Cities For 2015 according to the The Economist Intelligence Unit.
Berlin, Germany (score: 94)
With a population of 3.5 million people, Berlin, the capital of Germany is one of the largest cities on this list. The city has something for everybody – from amazing architecture and busy nightlife to prestigious universities and scientific centers. With a stable economy and low unemployment, Berlin is the 20th most livable city for 2015.
Honolulu, USA (score: 94.1)
As surprising as it may seem to some, the only American city that made it to the list is Honolulu. The capital and largest city of the US state of Hawaii, the city is home to all-year-round warm weather, beautiful beaches and almost 400,000 happy residents. Recently, the city has also become a major financial center and hub for international business.
Brisbane, Australia (score: 94.2)
The capital and most populous city in the Australian state of Queensland, Brisbane is one several Australian cities featured in the ranking. Extensive transportation network, strong economy, excellent education system and thriving cultural and sport scenes are among the reasons why Brisbane has such a high quality of life.
Osaka, Japan (score: 94.5)
Although the Osaka metropolitan area has almost 20 million inhabitants, the city itself is considered to be less hectic than Tokyo. Historically known as the “nation´s kitchen”, the city is famous for its delicious food, top-class museums, parks, gardens, ancient temples and other landmarks. No wonder it ranked as the 17th most livable city for 2015.
Tokyo, Japan (score: 94.7)
Home to the world´s most populous metropolitan area, Tokyo ranks among the wealthiest, safest and most modern cities in the world. Particularly known for its friendly residents, busy nightlife, reliable public transportation and clean streets, the city ranked first in the “Best overall experience” category of TripAdvisor’s World City Survey in 2014.