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Fireworks explode over Vancouver's English Bay during the 2013 Celebration of Light. Vancouver has maintained its position as third-most livable city, as determined by The Economist magazine, for a second year. Before 2011, it had the top-spot in the magazine's annual ranking.
Photo Credit: CBC

Canada has 3 of the world’s top 5 most liveable cities

The top most “liveable” cities in North America are in Canada.

According to an annual survey by the prestigious “Economist” magazine Intelligence Unit, the west coast port city of Vancouver ranks third in the world, out of 140 cities in the survey.

Toronto, Ontario, which is Canada’ biggest city, ranks 4th in the world followed by the prairie city of Calgary, Alberta, which actually tied for fifth spot with Adelaide Australia

For the third year in a row, Melbourne, Australia, took top spot, edging out Vienna Austria in second, and Vancouver which had occupied top spot for several years

The Economist Intelligence Unit, bases its scores on some 30 criteria on a scale from zero to 100. These include factors such as the quality of public healthcare or the threat of military conflict.

These 30 values are then combined to create scores in five areas: stability, infrastructure, education, health care, and culture and environment. A weighted average of those five numbers gives each city its final score.

While Canadian cities fared well, they are not without their problems for people living there.  This includes a high cost of housing, and long frustrating hours spent in traffic jams.

Although Canadian cities fared well, they’re not without drawbacks such as major traffic congestion problems, made even worse by months of winter weather © CBC

Rental costs in Toronto or Vancouver proper average  approximately C$1,600 per month, and that’s only because a number of very small apartments  (600-800 sq ft) are coming onto the market with slightly lowered rental charges.

Vancouver got top marks for culture and the environment, and its “greenest city” goals. It slipped a bit when it comes to infrastructure. It also lost marks for petty crime rates, availability of quality housing and congested road networks. Toronto received a “Tolerable” rating (as opposed to Acceptable) for roads, public transit and housing while Calgary waned in temperature ratings

London and New York have been ranked as numbers 55 and 56 respectively, mainly because of a perceived risk of terrorism, according to the report, while the ongoing crisis in Syria was the main reason for Damascus sinking to last place, tied with Karachi, Pakistan

EIU ranking –liveability index- 100 is ideal

1-      Melbourne (Aus) = 97.5

2-      Vienna (A)         = 97.4

3-      Vancouver   (Cdn)= 97.3

4-      Toronto (Cdn)     = 97.2

5-      Calgary (Cdn)      = 96.6

(5) Adelaide (Aus)      = 96.6

7- Sydney (Aus)   = 96.1

8-  Helsinki (Fin)    = 96.0

9-  Perth (Aus)     = 95.9

10-  Auckland (NZ) = 95.7

Other cities rankings include Paris in 16th, Berlin in 21st, Sao Paulo Brazil came in at 92, Mumbai India at 116, and Damascus Syria, and Karachi, Pakistan, tied for last spot at 140.                      

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12 comments on “Canada has 3 of the world’s top 5 most liveable cities
  1. Xavier says:

    Wow, Australia has a lot of liveable cities too.

  2. Fotios Padazopulos says:

    Oh, they forgot Athens,Greece! I know, they meant modern cities…

  3. Michel says:

    By looking at this list I am proud to be a Canadian. by travelling around the world, it is when coming back home that I really appreciate our country.

  4. Andrew says:

    I guess I have to move to Canada asap :)
    And I also would take snow in exchange for comfortable living as Jessie said, because you can have snow, for example snow as in Siberia, ha ha, and live let’s say not so good :)

    I was only wondering how much does the accomodation costs related to the salaries? I’ve found an agregator of ads for renting that has also jobs vertical in order to find out some info, but if you have some inside info about living there, it will be very useful for me.

  5. Nick Nemati says:

    According to the top 5 list, Canada is the most livable country in the world. And North America is the most livable continent.

    • Rajendra Kumar says:

      Well done! I became very glad to know that Canada’s ranking is high in most livable cities. Good information…….
      But I want to know what the position of Indian cities are there?

      • Mac D says:

        My Friend India is India. no one can touch India for most liveable

      • Mac D says:

        Canada is most liveble for only poler bear…its a poler bear place actually

      • V. Uil says:

        Hi Rajendra,
        I’m a Torontonian, but lived for quite a while in Bangalore India. My personal experience is that India is a fun place to live – well at least Bangalore – with great weather, food and interesting people. (Though crazy traffic.)

        Maybe Mumbai doesn’t score so well, but I am sure that places like Bangalore do quite well. Sitting watching outdoor movies or cricket or simply having an outdoor meal in the warm evenings and then going back home by auto-rickshaw is a darn nice experience that can’t be touched.


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