The Economist has just released the 2015 version of their annual list that ranks the most livable (and unlivable) cities in the world and Vancouver has secured the #3 spot for most livable city in the world!
Melbourne, Australia took top honours in first place for the fifth consecutive year, with Vienna, Austria following closely behind. Vancouver placed third, just above Toronto and Calgary. Is it our fabulous scenery? Our world-class food and dining options? The craft beer? Chances are, it’s all of the above.
The official report, officially known as the 2015 Global Livability Ranking pits 140 cities worldwide against each other based on living conditions and challenges affecting lifestyles. These include weighted categories such as stability, health care, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure.
The top 5 most livable cities in the world include:
- Melbourne, Australia
- Vienna, Austria
- Vancouver, Canada
- Toronto, Canada
- Calgary, Canada
In contrast, the bottom 5 of the most livable cities in the world include:
- Tripoli, Libya
- Lagos, Nigeria
- Port Moresby, PNG
- Dhaka, Bangladesh
- Damascus, Syria
Interestingly, seven of the top 10 scoring cities were in Australia or Canada, and no American city was able to crack the top 10. More information about the official rankings can be found on The Economist website.
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