Vancouver Canada is the best place in the world to live. This is according to the top 10 chart of the world’s most liveable cities revealed by the Economist Intelligence Unit. This is the fifth straight year that Vancouver, with its world class services and facilities has topped the chart. This time the report put its victory in part to the massive infrastructure boost the city received as host of the Winter Olympics 2010.
But that is not the only string to Vancouver’s — make-ya-wanna-live-there — bow: its health care service, and education system both received full marks, 100 out of 100, it also received full markets in the culture and environment department, and was given a 95/100 stability rating. On the downside the report notes that crime is on the rise in the city, and also that the 2.6 per 100,000 murder rate is well above the Canadian average of 1.8.
The rest of the top 10 was as follows:
2. Vancouver Canada
3. Melbourne, Australia
4. Vienna, Austria
5. Toronto, Canada
6. Calgary, Canada
7. Helsinki, Finland
8. Sydney, Australia
9. (equal) Perth, Australia
9. (equal) Adelaide, Australia
10. Auckland, New Zealand
You are forgiven for thinking you can spot a trend in there, because you actually can, and not just one but two. The obvious one is the dominance of Canada and Australia on the list, but apart from that there is the dominance of mid-sized cities; beating their larger neighbours (get it? Neighbours, Australia…).
In a statement accompanying the report, its author Jon Copestake explained that mid-sized cities in developed nations reign in such charts because they offer the cultural and infrastructural benefits of larger cities, but without the problems of congestion and crime.
Vancouver’s population sits at just below 600,000 with just over 2.1 million people living within its metropolitan area. Sydney, Australia is the largest city in the Top 10 with a population of over 4.5 million.
In order to judge the best cities to live in the Economist Intelligence Unit scores 140 cites from around the world on: Stability, Healthcare, Culture and environment, Education and Infrastructure. The cities are marked out of 100 for each segment, with 100 out of 100 being ideal and 1 being intolerable. In 2011 rankings, just 2.3 percentage points separated the number 1 ranked Vancouver, and the number 10 ranked Auckland, New Zealand.
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