However, the Economist ranking puts another Canadian city ahead of Vancouver.
According to a new report, Vancouver is among the most livable cities in the world.
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has published the results of a survey of 172 cities around the world in its annual Global Liveability Ranking.
This year’s ranking includes 33 new cities, a third of which are in China.
“Many new entrants such as Surabaya (Indonesia) and Chongqing (China) are already fast-growing trade destinations,” the report said.
The EIU ranks each city based on “relative comfort” across 30 factors across five broad categories, including sustainability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. Each factor in a city is rated as “acceptable”, “tolerable”, “unpleasant”, “undesirable” or “unbearable”.
After slipping to 12th place in the 2021 rankings, Vienna, Austria took first place (it topped the list in 2018 and 2019). In addition to top marks for sustainability, good infrastructure, education and healthcare, the report’s authors note that the city also has “many opportunities for culture and entertainment.”
Denmark’s capital Copenhagen followed Vienna with a perfect or near-perfect score in all metrics. Similarly, Zurich in Switzerland — shared for the third-best city — scored in the high 90s in all categories except for a perfect healthcare score.
News from Vancouver: The city ranks fifth in the world when it comes to quality of life
Calgary was the top-ranked Canadian city, ranking 18th in 2021 and bringing Zurich to third place this year. It scored perfect in three metrics: Healthcare, Education, and Infrastructure.
Vancouver ranks fifth with scores in the 90s for healthcare, culture and environment, and education and other metrics (albeit with only a 90 in sustainability).
Toronto was the third Canadian city to make the top ten and was eighth overall. Ontario’s largest city received perfect scores in health and education, while most other metrics were produced in the 1990s.
Western European and Canadian cities dominate the top of the rankings, but Osaka, Japan, and Melbourne, Australia rounded out the top 10, finishing ninth and tenth, respectively.
At the other end of the spectrum, living conditions remain the worst in the Syrian capital, Damascus. Tripoli in Libya, Lagos in Nigeria and Algiers in Algeria continue to fare poorly in five categories, with finishes in the bottom 10.
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