The Australian city retains its top ranking for the fourth consecutive year while Damascus plummets to the bottom of the list.

Melbourne tops the ranking as the world’s most pleasant city to live in for the fourth year running, but an Economist Intelligence Unit poll also finds that turmoil in Ukraine and the Middle East have pushed other cities down the list.

Vienna, Vancouver and Toronto captured second, third and fourth places in the list of 140 cities released on Aug 19. At the bottom was Damascus, the capital of war-torn Syria, while just above it, in ascending order were: Dhaka, Bangladesh; Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea; and Lagos, Nigeria. The Economist survey also includes a listing of cities whose “liveability” has declined most in the past five years.

That's where everyone should be: Melbourne, seen from the banks of the Yarra River, is ranked as the most liveable city in the world, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit's annual survey. The Australian city has topped the survey for the past four years. – Reuters