Listings that pit cities against each other as the best place to live tend to stimulate argument, and I suspect this one will be no exception. The 2011 Mercer Quality Of Living rankings rate Sydney as the best city in Australia to live in, and the 11th-best in the world.
Picture by Hector Garcia
Other Australian cities in the list: Melbourne (#18), Perth (#21), Canberra (#26), Adelaide (#30) and Brisbane (#37). But before any of us start feeling smug, note that Auckland came in at number #3.
The thing that made me laugh slightly in the announcement? The comment that Australian cities did well in the rankings because "because they have been continuously investing in infrastructure and public services". Hit the link for the full table, and rankings of the world's cities in terms of personal safety.