Australia ranked world’s best place to live

Australia is the world’s most desirable place to live, according to a survey of nearly 28,000 people living in 11 countries.

Just over a third of respondents surveyed by Boston Consulting Group – 34 per cent – picked Australia as the country they’d most like to live in besides their own, with Canada, the US and Switzerland in second, third and fourth place.

Economic opportunity, education and standard of living were key reasons behind the choices made by participants from the US, Canada, Germany, the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Japan, Australia, Brazil and India.

The BCG survey isn’t the only one to rank Australian living standards highly: the country has topped the OECD’s Better Life index for the past three years, thanks to high levels of income, employment, education and sense of community.

Overall, Australians are more satisfied with their lives than the OECD average: 84 per cent say they have more positive experiences in an average day than negative ones, while the average is just 80 per cent.