Conde Nast Ranks Vancouver Top City in Americas

Remember the overachiever in school?  You know – the kid who got As in all of her classes, was the star player on the soccer team, got voted prom queen and never seemed to have a bad hair day.

Well, that overachiever is Vancouver.

Readers of Conde Nast, probably the world’s premier travel magazine, just voted Vancouver the top city in the Americas – for the fifth time in the last six years.   Let’s stop for a minute to think about that.  The Conde Nast poll defines the Americas as Canada, North America and South America.  So that means that Vancouver reigns supreme over world capitals from Buenos Aires to Toronto and San Francisco to Rio de Janeiro.  Pretty spectacular.

Of course, all this is nothing new for B.C.’s golden child.  Despite our notorious weather and aspirationally priced real estate, Vancouver has won just about every best city award up for grabs lately.   In 2010, we were named the world’s most livable city by the Economist Intelligence Unit, for the third consecutive time.  In that survey, which weighs infrastructure, safety, availability of services and other factors, Vancouver beat out 140 cities from all over the globe for the top spot.

In 2010, Vancouver was also named top city in the Americas by the Mercer Quality of Living Survey, which compares 221 cities based on 39 criteria, from safety and education to culture and recreation.

And it’s not just outsiders telling us that Vancouver is so fantastic.  Vital Signs, a poll of 1,200 people in Metro Vancouver conducted by the Vancouver Foundation and released in October, found that 87 percent of residents here feel the quality of life in our region is good or excellent.  69 percent of people feel a somewhat strong or very strong sense of belonging.  And 92 percent of people surveyed reported feeling somewhat happy or happy and interested in life.

And let’s not forget that Vancouver just hosted what is widely regarded as one of the most successful and exciting Winter Olympics ever.

All in all, not a bad year for VanCity.   Just one problem – The rest of the world might be getting bit jealous.

What do you think about Vancouver’s many awards?  Please share your thoughts below.

Remy Scalza

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