SINGAPORE (Aug 14): Singapore ranks as the 37th most liveable city in the world, according to findings from The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Ranking for 2018.

The city state registered an improvement in the public healthcare category, boasting the highest score possible.

However, Singapore ranks just two spots behind Hong Kong, which came in at 35th place, after its rank fell significantly in 2015 due to heightened fear of unrest as part of the “Umbrella Revolution”.

Elsewhere in the region, Osaka and Tokyo made it to the top 10 most liveable cities at third and seventh spot, respectively. The rise of both cities can be attributed to a consistent decline in crime rates and improvements in public transportation, which have pushed the overall rating for both cities to well over 95%.

Globally, Vienna takes the top spot as the world’s most liveable city, outscoring Melbourne, which ranked the highest last year.

Improving security scores, propelled by a return to relative stability across much of Europe, have been chiefly responsible for Vienna’s rise to the top.

Roxana Slavcheva, editor of the survey, says, “Although Melbourne can no longer claim the title of the most liveable city in the world, Asia Pacific cities have a lot to boast. With a global top 10 containing three Australian cities and two Japanese ones, Australasia clearly dominates the top performers. At the other end of the scale, three of the cities posing the highest number of challenges to daily life are also located in the region, so the picture is a lot more nuanced.”

For the second year in a row, global liveability has improved to 75.7% from 74.8% a year ago, led by a 2.9% improvement in stability.

As the destabilising effects of civil unrest and the threat of terrorism gradually decline, 68 cities have seen their liveability ranking improve over the past year. This compares with declines in just nine cities, four of which are based in Asia: Kuala Lumpur, Kathmandu, Colombo and Dhaka.