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Melbourne is Victoria’s capital city and the business, administrative, cultural and recreational hub of the state.

Melbourne at a glance

The City of Melbourne municipality covers 37.6 sq km and has a residential population of around 100,611 (as of 2011). On an average day, around 805,000 people use the city, and Melbourne hosts over a million international visitors each year.

All of these residents, workers, shoppers and travellers can take a break in one of the around 145,000 cafe or restaurant seats, or walk through some of its 471 hectares of parkland. They can visit Melbourne's tallest building, the 300m high Eureka Tower, or its oldest building, the Mitre Tavern, built in 1837.

The entire Melbourne metropolitan area covers 7694 sq km and has a population of around 4.1 million.

The people of Melbourne

Melbourne's population is made up of many groups of people of all ages and from many different cultures. City residents include young professionals, international students and older couples looking to enjoy everything the city has to offer now that the kids have grown up and left home.
Melbourne is the world's most liveable city, again

Melbourne has retained its status as the world's most liveable city for a fourth consecutive year, outscoring three other Australian cities in the top 10.
The Economist Intelligence Unit's Global Liveability Index found Melbourne to be ahead of 139 other cities, with the city scoring well across a range of criteria, including health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.
It also scored a perfect 100 points in the sub-category of sport.
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