Aug 16, 2017 - Politics & Policy

Report: Civil unrest is making U.S. cities "less livable"

Police wait after tear gas was used on a crowd during a protest for Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, August 17, 2014. Brown was fatally shot that year by a white officer, Darren Wilson. Charlie Riedel / AP

U.S. cities are becoming less livable due to civil unrest linked to Trump's proposed policies and police officers' shootings of black people, according to the Global Liveability Index report from The Economist Intelligence Unit. The index also shows this unrest in the U.S. is due to terrorism-related violence and an increase in mass shootings.

  • Cities from the U.S. didn't make it into the top 10 globally
  • Melbourne, Australia, is the most livable city (for the seventh consecutive year)
  • Honolulu is the most livable city in the U.S., (17th most livable globally), followed by Washington, D.C., Boston, and Chicago.

What makes a top city: "Mid-sized cities in wealthier countries with a relatively low population density" with recreational activities, low crime levels, and infrastructure that is not overburdened.The study compared 140 cities based on several metrics that can present challenges to a resident's lifestyle — stability (crime), healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure — which is important to note, since it's not just about crime and civil unrest.Top 10 most livable U.S. cities

  1. Honolulu
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Boston
  4. Chicago
  5. Miami
  6. Pittsburgh
  7. Minneapolis
  8. Seattle
  9. Atlanta
  10. Los Angeles

Top 10 most livable cities worldwide

  1. Melbourne, Australia
  2. Vienna, Austria
  3. Vancouver, Canada
  4. Toronto, Canada
  5. Calgary, Canada
  6. Adelaide, Australia
  7. Perth, Australia
  8. Auckland, New Zealand
  9. Helsinki, Finland
  10. Hamburg, Germany
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