Manchester Maintains its Title as one of the UK’s Most Liveable Cities

The Economist’s Global Liveability Index has bumped Manchester up 26 places to 28th position out of 172 world cities.

By Emma Davidson | 24 June 2022

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Manchester has been part of The Economist’s Global Liveability Index for 11 years now, and 2022 marks the biggest climb in the index so far for our beloved city, as it has moved up a staggering 26 places to number 28 out of 172 cities surveyed. 

Originally crafted as a tool to help companies assign hardship allowances as part of relocation packages, The Economist’s Global Liveability Index rates living conditions in 172 cities (up from 140 last year) based on more than 30 factors. 

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These factors are then grouped into five categories: stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure

This is the second year in which the index has incorporated measures related to COVID – with these assessing how each city has coped with increased demand on health-care services and with closures or temporary restrictions placed on schools, restaurants and cultural venues.

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Commenting on the index, Council Leader, Councillor Bev Craig said: “I’m proud that Manchester is the highest ranked UK city. It’s great to see this respected survey recognise we already know – that Manchester is a great place to be: A vibrant, creative, energetic and ambitious city that puts residents at its heart

“But Manchester’s ambition doesn’t stop there. We are determined to become a top-flight world city and this analysis suggests we are making strong progress. 

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“This is a brilliant city to live in, work in or visit but our goal is to make it even better – an exciting and innovative place where everyone can thrive and share in that success. We are proudly taking our place on a world stage and will strive to improve further.”

Manchester has continued to rise above its capital, London (which is in 33rd, and also outshone places such as L.A. (37th), Auckland (34th), Madrid (43rd), Barcelona (35th), Adelaide (30th) and Perth (32nd).

But, reigning supreme for the third time in the past five years was Vienna with the paper praising it for its ‘offering of plenty of opportunities for culture and entertainment, as well as good infrastructure and overall stability.’ 

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The Economist’s Global Liveability Index