While there's a lot of bad news in the world, there are some bright spots. The Economist released their annual list of the world's most livable cities, and there's actually some good news. For the first time in a decade, global livability has improved overall. Check out the top ten locales below.
Since 2007, 98 of the 140 cities surveyed have seen a drop in their "liveability" score, which takes into consideration 30 factors related to safety, health care, educational resources, infrastructure and the environment (you can check it out in more detail over on the Economist). This year, an increased livability in just twelve cities was enough to improve the world's score overall.
Sadly, the only US cities and territories who saw overall improvement in the past decade were Honolulu and San Juan, Puerto Rico, while New York, San Francisco, Detroit, Los Angeles, and Seattle have all declined since 2007.
Here are the top ten most livable cities of 2017:
#1: Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne (pictured above) takes the top spot for the seventh year in a row.
#2: Vienna, Austria
The home of Mozart has decreased slightly over the past decade, but still holds on to its high position.
#3: Vancouver, Canada
The charming coastal city takes the top spot for North America, though is closely followed by a couple more Canadian locales.
#4: Toronto, Canada
The capital of Ontario takes the fourth spot (clearly insane real estate prices aren't a factor the magazine considers).
#5: Calgary, Canada
Cowtown rounds out the overall top five and the run of Canadian cities.
#5: Adelaide, Australia
The list heads back Down Under to South Australia, where Adelaide ties for fifth position with Calgary.
#7: Perth, Australia
The Western city snags the seventh spot and the final one in the top ten for Australia.
#8 Auckland, New Zealand
The popular Kiwi city surrounded by two harbors takes the eighth spot.
#9: Helsinki, Finland
The Scandinavian city is the only one to make the top ten.
#10: Hamburg, Germany
Germany's second largest city rounds out the list at number ten.