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Expats crown Melbourne as Australia’s best city

Sydney and Melbourne battle it out once again.

Azal Khan

Digital Journalist, Your Money

Foreigners have chosen Melbourne, famous for its lane ways, as Australia's most livable city. Image: iStock/AmyFeeney

Melbourne has beaten Sydney and Adelaide to take the crown as Australia’s most liveable city, according to expats and migrants living in Australia.

International money transfer company WorldFirst commissioned a survey of 755 expats and foreign-born people living in Australia to vote on the country’s most liveable city.

Melbourne beat Sydney to take out the top spot, with 30 per cent of foreigners choosing it as the winning city, despite 31 per cent of respondents living in NSW and 26 per cent in Victoria. Sydney came in second (22 per cent of respondents), followed by Brisbane (15 per cent) and Perth (12 per cent).

Adelaide was the fifth most popular among expats and migrants living in Australia, taking home just eight per cent of the votes.

The survey respondents were made up of people born in the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Korea, India, the Philippines, North America and New Zealand.

To find out why they chose a particular city, respondents were asked to select from factors that might make the city attractive to them.

Social factors, such as knowing other people in the city, was the most important factor, chosen by 27 per cent of respondents, followed by work opportunities (22 per cent),  affordability (17 per cent), weather (12 per cent) and beaches and nature (11 per cent) as the most popular reasons for choosing these cities.

Only four per cent of respondents rated public transport and roads as a reason to choose a city.

No respondents from any country except Canada (eight per cent) chose nightlife as a reason for a city’s popularity.

“It is interesting that social and work factors are more common than affordability and nature as a reason to choose a preferred city, said Patrick Liddy, head of foreign exchange at WorldFirst.

“Less of a surprise is that Australia’s public transport and nightlife all scored poorly compared with these other factors,” he said.

Australia’s most livable cities as ranked by expats and migrants living in Australia:

  1. Melbourne
  2. Sydney
  3. Brisbane
  4. Perth
  5. Adelaide
  6. Gold Coast
  7. Hobart
  8. Newcastle
  9. Canberra
  10. Darwin

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