Another massive arguement about to start.....
Sydney no 1 for Aust again, Brisbane the worst. This Mercer organisation is obviously talking out if its arse and needs to read these forums before it prints its stuff !!
Australian cities rank for life quality
05:50 AEDT Tue Mar 15 2005
AP - Australian cities are among the best in the world in which to live, according to a new survey.
Sydney ranked highest of the major Australian cities in the 2005 Mercer survey of quality of life - eighth equal with Auckland in New Zealand; Bern in Switzerland; and Copenhagen in Denmark.
However, Sydney had slipped three places from the human resources company's 2004 survey when it was the fifth best place to live.
All the other Australian cities in the survey either slipped from last year's rankings or stayed the same.
Melbourne was 14th compared with 12th last year; Perth stayed the same on 20th, Adelaide slipped one place to 25th; and Brisbane, which was 24th equal with Adelaide last year, fell to the 31st best quality of life.
The Swiss cities of Geneva and Zurich had the best quality of life while, unsurprisingly, Baghdad had the worst.
The survey, which covers 215 cities worldwide, is based on an evaluation of 39 criteria including personal safety, political, social, economic and environmental factors, and health, education, transport and other public services.
Luxembourg was ranked the safest place in the world, while Baghdad, again, was ranked last.
The safety survey evaluated the cities for crime levels and internal stability.
"The top-ranking cities for personal safety and security are in politically stable countries with good international relations and sustainable economic growth," said Slagin Parakatil, senior researcher at Mercer.
"Most of the low-scoring cities are in countries with civil unrest, little law enforcement and high levels of crime."