August 28 2013

One Lucky Country: Why Australia’s Cities are Amongst the World’s Most Livable

Over the last fifty years, Australia has witnessed migration levels that now make it as one of the most multicultural countries in the world. As you speak to European migrants who came during the baby boom period, they relay to you just how hard they had it. As new generations of migrants arrive, their stories may differ; however, their thankfulness and appreciation of their country does not.

Australia has the most amount of liveable cities in the Top 10

Major strengths of our cities that have been recognized by livability reports consist of the following:

  • Low population densities

With a density of only two people per square kilometer, many Australians have grown up in quarter acre houses with backyards and spacious living arrangements;

  • Sustainable levels of population growth

Our current population of twenty-one million has steadily increased, without forcing levels of strain that major cities in the Australasia region have experienced;

  • Consistently low unemployment levels

Since the Global Financial Crisis, the country has been able to maintain unemployment levels below 6%; and

  • Public Transport Infrastructure

In the past, Australia has been able to maintain its attractive living standards as it has not experienced issues such as mass urbanization, famine, war or other such externalities that threaten the livelihoods of cities.

The Yarra River and CBD's skyline

While everything currently appears to be in harmony, this many be tested in the coming years. Our now sustainable Australian cities will be experiencing issues such as the decline of the mining boom, increasing population growth in major cities, the ageing of our population and the push for densification.

What contemporary barometers do you think should be employed in measuring Livability?

Credits: Data and images linked to source.

Steven Petsinis

Steven Petsinis is an Urban Planning graduate from Melbourne, Australia. He has been involved in Urban Research and Development projects in Medellin, Colombia and Saigon, Vietnam and is currently pursuing his masters in Melbourne, Australia. His main interests lie in land use and social planning, sustainability, as well as studies involving globalization and it's effect on third world communities. He has recently spent one year travelling throughout North and South America, as well as Europe, where he has gathered material and inspiration for his upcoming blogs for The Grid.

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One Response to “One Lucky Country: Why Australia’s Cities are Amongst the World’s Most Livable”

  1. John Says:

    Thanks for the article.

    But the placings are wrong, e.g.. Melbourne has been #1 in the THREE most recent Economist reports. So the placings shown in this article are presumably from 2010.

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/melbourne-worlds-most-liveable-city-third-year-in-a-row/story-e6frg6nf-1226705762342

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