Updated: Thursday, 13th August 2020 @ 11:08am

Summer riots send Manchester crashing down 'best cities to live in the world' rankings

Summer riots send Manchester crashing down 'best cities to live in the world' rankings

By Dean Wilkins

The riots that wreaked havoc across Manchester and Salford last summer have left them tumbling down a league table of the best places in the world to live, a new study revealed.

The research conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit studied 140 countries across the world and found that Manchester fell nine places to 51, while London dropped two places to 55, despite hosting the Olympic Games.

The index ranks cities on issues such as political and social stability, crime, education and access to health care.

Jon Copestake, the survey's editor, said: "UK cities have seen a slight downgrade in liveability due to the mass outbreaks of civil unrest that took place last year.

“Although hosting the Olympics has subsequently provided a definite boost for London's profile, it was already among the world's most vibrant cities, with plenty to see and do, so has had no impact on overall lifestyle."

Melbourne overtook Vancouver as the ‘most liveable’ city on the planet while Dhaka in Bangladesh propped up the table as the least desirable location.

Civil unrest during the Arab Spring is still being felt the report claimed – many Middle Eastern cities have seen their rankings lowered.

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