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There are dozens of ways to rank cities. Here’s what they all get wrong

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More than 30 livability indexes rank cities on a range of factors, such as weather, green space, and walkability. But these rankings can have unintended consequences.

Every year, the world’s most “liveable” cities are celebrated, in city rankings published by Mercer, the Economist Intelligence Unit, and Monocle Magazine. Global institutions including UN Habitat and the OECD are also joining consultancies, media organisations and think tanks, in the quest to compare living standards and well-being in cities. At the last count, there were more than 30 urban livability indexes produced worldwide, and more than 500 measures and benchmarks comparing cities.

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