2011 Liveability Ranking for Major Cities in the World



Economic Intelligent Unit

Liveability Ranking published by Economist Intelligence Unit to access the living conditions in 140 cities around the world.

The ranking based on 30 indicators within 5 categories: stability; healthcare; culture and environment; education; and infrastructure. The survey gives an overall rating of 0-100, where 1 is intolerable and 100 being the most “ideal” city in the world for living.

In 2011, Kuala Lumpur at position 79 in Liveable Ranking. The table below shows the ranking for some of major cities in the world.

Rank Country City Rating
1 Canada Vancouver 98.0
2 Australia Melbourne 97.5
3 Austria Vienna 97.4
4 Canada Toronto 97.2
5 Canada Calgary 96.6
6 Finland Helsinki 96.2
7 Australia Sydney 96.1
8 Australia Perth 95.9
9 Australia Adelaide 95.9
10 New Zealand Auckland 95.7
12 Japan Osaka NA
12 Switzerland Geneva NA
29 US Pittsburgh NA
30 US Honolulu NA
34 US Washington DC NA
36 US Chicago NA
36 US Atlanta NA
36 US Miami NA
40 US Detroit NA
41 US Boston NA
44 US Los Angeles NA
53 Britain London NA
56 US New York NA
72 China Beijing NA
79 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur NA
131 Sri Lanka Colombo 48.5
132 Senegal Dakar 48.3
133 Iran Tehran 45.8
134 Cameroon Douala 44.0
135 Pakistan Karachi 40.9
136 Algeria Algiers 39.4
137 Nigeria Lagos 39.0
138 PNG Port Moresby 38.9
139 Bangladesh Dhaka 38.7
140 Zimbabwe Harare 37.5


The 5 categories individually weighted as follows,

1. Stability (25%): i.e. threat of terrorism, threat of military conflict

2. Healthcare (20%): i.e. availability of public and private healthcare, availability of medicines

3. Culture and environment (25%): i.e. level of corruption and censorship, availability of consumer goods and services

4. Education (10%): i.e. availability of private education

5. Infrastructure (20%) i.e. quality of road network, quality of energy and water provision, quality of telecommunication infrastructure

Rating Description

80–100  :- There are few, if any, challenges to living standards.
70–80 :- Day–to–day living is fine, in general, but some aspects of life may entail problems.
60–70 :- Negative factors have an impact on day-to-day living
50–60 :- Liveability is substantially constrained
50 or less :- Most aspects of living are severely restricted


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