Edinburgh is the ‘most liveable city in the world’

Published: 12 December 2018

Edinburgh has been ranked as the most livable city in the world, putting it ahead of competitors including London, Singapore, Frankfurt, Zurich, New York and Paris.

Edinburgh’s internationally renowned status as a centre of history, culture and the arts and its high calibre workforce meant it performed exceptionally in Arcadis’ 2018 Sustainable Cities Index, which ranks 100 global cities.

Arcadis’ 2018 Sustainable Cities Index explores the three pillars of sustainability – social (people – reflecting quality of life), environmental (planet - capturing green factors, including energy, pollution and emissions) and economic (profit - reflecting the business environment and economic health) to develop a holistic ranking of the world’s leading cities.

We should all be proud that Edinburgh city sits comfortably within the top 5 cities in the world...and particularly that is rated number 1 for People...

Councillor Adam McVey, Leader , The City of Edinburgh Council


With two UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a lively festival scene, Edinburgh scored top marks in the ‘People’ Index, beating competition from both London and Paris.

The Scottish capital’s enviable position as a centre for tourism, low crime rate and status as an attractive place to live and work all combined to contribute to its success. 

Graham Hill, City Executive, Scotland: “Edinburgh’s cultural prowess, highly educated and healthy workforce, and low crime rate have propelled our city to the best place to live in the world. It is easy to see why Edinburgh ranks so highly.”

Liz McAreavey, Chief Executive at the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, added: “It is very good news that, once again, Edinburgh shows it’s standing as a world class city. It’s quality of life has for many years been a strong attraction for talent and inward investment, and this continues to provide a platform for business start-ups and success...” 

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