Western Australia’s Geraldton has been revealed as the country’s “worst liveable city”.

Aussie company Avenue Perth studied thirty cities in Australia and discovered that Geraldton topped the list for the least liveable spot amongst them. The study looked at metrics of safety index, the average cost of living, number of banks, and number of restaurants.

The study found that Geraldton had the third-fewest residents with 33,000, behind two more West Aus cities, Busselton and Albany, which came in at second and third place, respectively.

“All of the data is from credible, up-to-date sources, and the metrics were based on the factors people usually consider when moving to a city” Avenue Perth Spokesperson said.

However, the city of Geraldton has disputed the claim that it is the country’s “worst liveable city”, and claimed that the study is out of date because recent census information shows that they have around 40,000 residents.

“Greater Geraldton is a wonderful place to live, work, study and play, and we look forward to the data relating to our regional city in the blog being updated in the near future to reflect the current lifestyle it offers” said city of Geraldton CEO Ross McKim.

However, the Avenue Perth Spokesperson stood by the company’s claim.

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“We ranked each indicator above, setting a value of 1 for the highest-ranking city and 30 for the lowest. We then got the value for all factors per city and added them up,” she said.

“The cities with the lowest summation top our list, while the highest is the least. All of the factors were considered.”

On a positive note, Melbourne was voted Australia’s most liveable city in 2022 by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The study ranked 173 global cities in terms of the challenges presented to an individual’s lifestyle.
While Melbourne took out the top spot, the list saw also saw Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth drop out of the top 10 from last year, falling rather dramatically to 27th, 30th, and 32nd respectively.
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