About this Dataroom
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) produces a Liveablity Index that is an assessment of living conditions in 140 cities around the world. To determine a liveability score, each city is assigned a rating for over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories: stability; healthcare; culture and environment; education; and infrastructure. Each factor in a city is rated as acceptable, tolerable, uncomfortable, undesirable or intolerable. In early 2012, the EIU and BuzzData challenged the world to use data and a visualization to prove where the best city in the world is and this is my submission.
The aim of my submission is to complement the existing liveability index with an awareness of the city’s spatial characteristics by proportionately reducing the weight of the five categories to 75% and adding in a sixth category - spatial characteristics - weighing 25%. This additional category seeks to account for spatial aspects of city life: Urban form (sprawl, green space) The geographical situation of the city (natural assets, isolation, and connectivity) Cultural assets and pollution. These spatial characteristics are important due to their democratic quality: all residents can benefit from the natural assets in the city’s vicinity, but all can also suffer from high air pollution. It is because of this indiscriminate effect on all residents that I chose to give spatial characteristics the highest weight of all categories: it is an aspect of city life can be enjoyed by all and escaped by none.
I would like to acknowledge that my submission draws on the research developed by Guido Robazza and Antoine Paccoud at LSE Cities at the London School of Economics.
The Best City Contest has ended and this submission was chosen as the winner. You can read more about it here.
City ranking and change in ranks