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India's 20 most livable cities, Mumbai is No 1

Last updated on: January 06, 2014 12:56 IST

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Mumbai has been ranked as the most liveable city in India. The city has jumped two places to grab the top position on the Liveability Index 2013, says the Institute for Competitiveness.

The fourth edition of Liveability index has unveiled the list of top 50 liveable Indian cities. The Liveability index not only measures the quality of life of a region but also takes into consideration the other crucial factors of development essential for the citizens.

The model is based on eight core pillars that are demographic, education, health and medical standards, safety, housing option, socio-cultural-natural environment, economic environment, and planned environment. 

The bottom five cities on the liveability index 2013 are Agra, Raipur, Asansol, Kanpur and Patna.

Take a look at India’s 20 most livable cities…

Mumbai (Rank 1)

India’s financial capital has performed well on pillars such as demographics, health & medical standards.

One of India's wealthiest cities, it has an excellent transportation network and a good business environment. Mumbai lags in some parameters like housing, socio-cultural-natural environment and safety.

Three cities from Maharashtra are in the top 20 list.

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Chennai (Rank 2)

Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu has slipped one position from last year’s rank.

Chennai ranks high on planned environment, demographic, education, economic environment, health and medical standards. It scores low on safety, housing options.

The sixth most populous city in India, Chennai is a hub of automobile, technology, hardware manufacturing and healthcare sectors.

Chennai is also ranked as a global city by GaWC.

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Hyderabad (Rank 3)

The bustling city of Hyderabad has slipped one position from their last year’s rank.

Also called the ‘City of Pearls’, it ranks high on demographic, education, health and medical standards and safety parameters. It scores low on housing options.

India’s fourth most populous city, Hyderabad is the fifth-largest contributor to India's GDP.

Hyderabad has transformed itself into cosmopolitan industrial service centre with the growth of information technology (IT), IT-enabled services (ITeS), insurance and financial institutions. 

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Bengaluru (Rank 4)

India’s IT capital, Bengaluru has shown tremendous improvements on the overall index.

Bengaluru has taken a jump of 6 places and is at 4th rank on the liveability index 2013.

It has moved upwards on pillars like safety, housing options and planned environment.

It lags in health and medical standards, safety and housing options.

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New Delhi (Rank 5)

India’s capital city is back in the top 10 list of most livable cities.

It is one of the best cities in terms of education, health and medical standards, economic environment and communication respectively.

The city, however, needs to improve on the pillars of safety, and socio-cultural-natural environment to become the most liveable city in the country.

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Kolkata (Rank 6)

Kolkata is the only city from West Bengal in the top 20 list. It is an important commercial, cultural, and educational hub in east India. 

It scores high on demographic, health and medical standards, economic environment, and planned environment.

The city houses many public and private-sector corporations with major investments in sectors like steel, heavy engineering, mining, cement, pharmaceuticals, food processing, agriculture and electronics.

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Noida (Rank 7)

Noida’s ranking has improved on the overall index.

The city has found a place of top ten liveable cities for the first time.

The city scored on safety, housing option, socio-cultural-natural environment, economic environment and planned environment

Their year-on-year slow but steady progress is an indication that they might appear in the list of top five liveable cities of India in the coming years, says the Liveability Index 2013.

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Gurgaon (Rank 8)

Gurgaon has shown tremendous improvements on the overall index.

The city has scored high on housing options and business opportunity.

Gurgaon has the potential to become one of the top five liveable cities of India.

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Chandigarh (Rank 9)

Chandigarh is the first planned city in India after independence.

The city ranks high on education, economic conditions and planned environment.

Known for its architecture and urban design, Chandigarh also ranks high on the human development index as well.

Chandigarh has the largest number of vehicles per capita in India. The city also boasts of well maintained roads and parking spaces.

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Madurai (Rank 10)

The third largest city in Tamil Nadu, Madurai is an important industrial and educational hub. 

The city ranks high on education, health and medical standards and safety.

Madurai is a hub for Tamil culture, literature, art, music and dance.

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Ahmedabad (Rank 11)

Ahmedabad is the the first city from Gujarat to be ranked among one of the top 20 liveable cities in India. 

The city scores high on demographic, education and economic environment.

It was also ranked third in Forbes' list of fastest growing cities of the decade.

The city has a flourishing textile industry and is also attracting several automobile companies. 

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Pune (Rank 12)

Pune, second city from Maharashtra in the top 20 list, was in the list of top ten last year. It has slipped to 12th rank in the liveability index.

The city scores high on demographic, health and medical standards, housing options and economic environment.

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Nagpur (Rank 13)

From being in the top ten list of most livable cities, Nagpur is now at the 13th position.

It however ranked high on education and housing options.

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Coimbatore (Rank 14)

Coimbatore is the third city from Tamil Nadu to be listed among the most liveable cities.

It ranks high on demographic, education, health and medical standards.

One of the fastest growing tier-II cities in India, Coimbatore is a major textile, industrial, commercial, educational, information technology, healthcare and manufacturing hub of Tamil Nadu.

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Shimla (Rank 15)

The capital of Himchal Pradesh, Shimla is a big tourist attraction. It is among the top 10 preferred entrepreneurial locations in India.

It scored highest in safety and housing options.

Shimla also has many good colleges and research institutions.

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Indore (Rank 16)

A bustling commercial hub in Madhya Pradesh, Indore is known for commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education and entertainment.

The city scores high on education and planned environment.

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Mysore (Rank 17)

Mysore is the second city from Karnataka to be listed among the most livable cities.

The third largest city in Karnataka scores on safety and socio-cultural-natural environment.

A tourist and cultural hotspot, Mysore is also considered as one of the best cities to do business.

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Nashik (Rank 18)

Nashik is fourth city from Maharashtra to be ranked among the 20 most livable cities in India.

It ranks high on health and medical standards, housing options and economic environment.

It is also ranked as fourth fastest growing city in India.

Nashik will be a part of the ambitious Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC).

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Thiruvananthapuram (Rank 19)

Kerala’s capital city, Thiruvananthapuram is one of the three cities listed among the most liveable from the state.

The city scores high on health and medical standards and socio-cultural-natural environment.

It is also considered as one of the 10 greenest cities in India.

The city was earlier ranked as the best city in Kerala to live in by a Times of India survey.

Thiruvananthapuram was ranked as one of the best cities for housing and transport by India Today. 

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Surat (Rank 20)

Surat is the second city from Gujarat in the top 20 list of most livable cities.

The city scores high on demographic and safety.

Gujarat's second largest city, Surat is also known as the diamond and textile capital of India.


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