Liverpool ‘one of world’s top 100 cities’

Liverpool is named as one of the world’s top 100 cities in a new league table which also ranks London as the number one city on the planet. Tony McDonough reports

Liverpool has been named as one of the top 100 cities in the world


Liverpool is one of the top 100 cities on the planet and is one of only six British cities that makes the list.

In the report from Resonance Consultancy, Liverpool is ranked 74 on the list which was compiled from an analysis of 2020 cities around the world. It ranked London as the best city on the planet.

Highest ranking British city after London was Glasgow at 61 followed by Manchester at 72. Birmingham made the list, ranked at 85, followed by Leeds at 88. Irish capital Dublin was high on the list with a ranking of 20.

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Each city was given a score based on three main categories – liveability, lovability and prosperity. Multiple other factors were also taken into account including educational attainment, GDP per capita, poverty rate, restaurants, shops and nightclubs.

Also part of the equation was walkability, the number of mapped bike routes, quality parks and museums; and the number of recommendations on sites such as Tripadvisor, Google, Facebook and Instagram.

Liverpool received particular praise for its sights and landmarks and nightlife. The guide said: “Liverpool’s place as an integral urban centre in world history is difficult to comprehend without visiting it yourself.

“Fortunately, Liverpool documents it all masterfully—and honestly. The city’s role as a strategic British Empire trade port, responsible for half of Britain’s Trans-Atlantic slave trade, is laid bare at its International Slavery Museum.


Pier Head, waterfront, Beatles statue
The Beatles statue on the waterfront is a big draw for tourists. Picture by Tony McDonough
The Mersey Ferries are a major draw for visitors. Picture by Tony McDonough
Anfield, Liverpool FC
Anfield stadium, home of Liverpool FC. Picture by Tony McDonough


“Its contribution to helping win both world wars with tens of thousands of Liverpudlians enlisting (plus its own strategic location) is outlined in the Western Approaches Museum, housed in a hidden bunker under the city.

“But it was in its post-war decline that Liverpool made history again when four local teenagers jammed together. Today, The Beatles Story is the world’s largest permanent exhibit devoted to the band.

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“Almost as revered is Liverpool FC, the UK’s most storied club, and Anfield stadium, their home since 1892.

“Given these layers of history, the city’s #8 ranking for Sights & Landmarks isn’t surprising. Expect the city to rise up our future rankings.”

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