The Victorian city has outranked Barcelona, Berlin, Tokyo and New York for happiness, after Time Out City Index conducted a poll of 15,000 people from 32 cities all over the world.
Melbourne which was voted one of the world’s most liveable cities last year, was also ranked as the fourth most exciting city in the world behind New York, Porto and Chicago.
Sydney was ranked as the 28th happiest city, far below their Victorian counterpart.
The poll focused on food and drink, culture, relationships and community, neighbourhoods, affordability, happiness and liveability. The survey revealed that 89 percent of the population was happy living where they were.
In 2017, The Economist rated Melbourne the most liveable city in the world for the seventh year, again Sydney did not make the top 10.
According to Time Out’s survey, these ranked as the best cities for various reasons:
* Melbourne - happiest
* Dubai - longest working hours
* Washington - most singles on the dating scene
* New York - best nightlife scene, most stressed
* Paris - most sleep-deprived, most sex
* Chicago - most exciting
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