MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Minneapolis is increasingly becoming one of the most livable cities in the world, according to a new survey.
The Economist’s Global Livability Index for 2021 listed the City of Lakes as the 36th most livable city in the world, an increase of 19 places since last year.
The London Secret Service’s annual index assesses the quality of life in 140 cities around the world, focusing on five areas: stability, health, education, culture and the environment.
Topping this year’s index went to Auckland, New Zealand, which did not have to close its theaters or restaurants because it closed its borders, banning COVID-19 from the country. Six of the other top 10 cities on the index were in New Zealand or Australia, which also imposed an international travel ban at the beginning of the pandemic.
Overall, the global average of life expectancy fell slightly, with significant declines in healthcare and culture due to the institutional impact of the pandemic. In many Central European and Canadian cities, their values fell.
However, in the US, values rose for many cities, largely due to how they dealt with the pandemic and the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine adoption. The top-rated American city was Honolulu, which came in 14th and 46th.
The cities with the lowest ratings on the list didn’t change much during the pandemic as they were already ravaged by war and instability. Damascus, the Syrian capital, has again been rated as the least livable city in the world.