Canberra ranked as third cleanest capital city in the world

Posted 29 Mar 2017

Story by CBR Canberra

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has ranked Canberra in the top three cleanest capital cities in the world in a recent report on air pollution.

This latest ranking adds to a growing list of international accolades recognising Canberra as a fantastic place to live.

Last year Canberra also topped the world for ‘quality of life’ in the Numbeo 2016 mid-year Quality of Life index, outranking other cities like Wellington New Zealand, Adelaide Australia, Victoria Canada, San Diego U.S, and Edinburgh U.K.

The Quality of Life index considers factors such as the cost of living, property prices, crime rates, health care, traffic times, climate and pollution of cities throughout the world.

Canberra’s fresh air and great lifestyle have always been cherished by local residents, and now these charms are attracting more people to visit and live in Australia’s capital city.

More and more people are choosing to live in Canberra, according to Population Australia, Canberra currently has a population around 390,000 which will reach 396,566 by the end of June 2017.

So, what makes Canberra so great as a place to live?


Canberra is often called the “Bush Capital”. The city is surrounded by national parks and no matter where you live in Canberra, it’s a short walk or bike ride to nature reserves, lakes, bushland, hills and mountains.

The city offers many opportunities for locals and visitors alike to get outside, take a breath of fresh air and experience nature on their doorstep.

There are scenic hiking trails, off-road path networks as well as beautiful lakes to explore, not to mention a convenient proximity to both the South coast beaches and ski slopes.

Canberra is unique; big enough to occupy an international airport, yet small enough that strangers still acknowledge one another when out walking.

We might cop some criticism as Australia’s ‘roundabout’ city, but the ease of travelling almost anywhere within 20 minutes means more time with friends, family and experiencing everything Canberra has to offer.

A diverse selection of cafes and restaurants, coupled with a burgeoning arts and cultural scene means there are endless ways to spend that additional free time.

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