Sydney is a great place to visit, but Melbourne's a great place to live

Contributed by True Blue Migration , 19 November, 2015

True Blue Migration surveys Melbourne residents to see what they have to say about the world's most liveable city...

Melbourne was recently named as the world's most liveable city by the Economist Intelligence Unit for the fifth year in a row, and it got us thinking; is it really as good as it's made out to be?

With an impressive infrastructure and entertainment aplenty, the city clearly has a lot going for it, but it's so much more than a bunch of buildings. It's the people who make a city what it is, and this is certainly the case with Melbourne.  It's home to a thriving community of people who each have their own unique story to tell.

There's only so much information that you can yield from surveys and statistics; we wanted to delve a little deeper and speak to the people who call this fantastic city their home. We took to Reddit to ask Melbournians what makes the Victorian capital so wonderful.

  1. "I have lived in outer Melbourne all my life are there are many things I love about this city. Many people walk around streets unaware of the great heritage and history of Melbourne, from the Victorian architecture, and the gold rush which made Melbourne a rich city. Every time I head into the city I am struck by its vibrancy."
  2. "It's so hard to put a finger on what it is I love about it - but geez every time I travel I come home with a new appreciation for this amazing city and its potential."

One local was particularly keen to point out Melbourne's further potential. Whilst it may be a great place now, we can only imagine what the city may be like in a few more years. Growing in population and attracting international attention from investors, Melbourne hasn't finished developing yet!

  1. "One thing I hear all the time from people both sides of the border is that Sydney is a great place to visit, but Melbourne is a great place to live. It's so true. Australia is full of places to be a tourist and see things, but Melbourne is unique in being such a cultured, interesting and homey place to be a local rather than a tourist."
  2. "I'm originally from Western Sydney and moved to Melbourne (eastern suburbs) five-and-a-half years ago. I had visited quite often due to a long-distance relationship (we're now married!) and had come by myself and with friends a couple of times as well.
    I love it here - my initial impressions of Melbourne were that it's like a big country town. People had more manners, there was more selection and soul in the shops (as opposed to only being able to buy the same stuff in every Westfields that dominates the landscape up north), there was a bigger emphasis on community and family here. Also, people seemed to be willing to think more, made me breathe a sigh of relief … I was the one that made the move for a better quality lifestyle. I haven't regretted the decision since, the only thing I miss about Sydney is friends and family."

It's easy to see why the Economist Intelligence Unit revealed Melbourne to be the best place to live on the planet for the fifth year running! However, it's not every day you'll find locals being so open about their love for their home. Well connected and humble, the Melbourne community make the place what it is. Usually, you'll always find people who have something to complain about, but alas the Reddit feed was awash with positive vibes.

It was clear to see Melbourne had captured the hearts of travellers, too.

  1. "I studied at RMIT and spent about three years living in the city. What struck me most was the sort of duality of being so lively, yet laid back. It's incredible how easy it was to gel with everyone you run into. Happy, welcoming and everyone has something interesting to offer. You don't go to Melbourne for the weather, but for the culture instead. The arts, the music and the coffee. The coffee! It was hard to significantly lower my standards after returning home. I'm currently working on migrating, and I hope to call Melbourne 'home' soon."

No wonder so many people want to call this city home. It's not just the accolades, but the positive community too that make Melbourne a great place to live. You can read more real-life stories from happy Melbournians in the full post here.

True Blue Migration help people make Melbourne their permanent home every day - find out more here.

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