Three major Canadian cities ranked in the top 10 of the most liveable cities in the world.
While Austria’s capital, Vienna, took the No. 1 spot as world’s “most liveable city,” Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver were close behind in the annual rankings from the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2022 Global Liveability Index.
In fact, Canadian and European cities dominated the list.
The EIU looked at 172 cities and factored in crime rates, health care, on a variety of factors, including education, health care, culture and environment.
Copenhagen came in at No. 2, followed by Zurich. Geneva, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Osaka rounded out the top 10.
The average liveability index for 2022 shows a significant rebound since last year. The cities that performed well had eased their pandemic restrictions, according to the report.
However, the index remains below pre-pandemic levels as stability deteriorates in several eastern European cities following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Kiev, along with Moscow and St. Petersburg, were excluded from the survey due to the “increased instability, censorship and the imposition of Western sanctions.”
Toronto took eighth place, scoring 95.4 overall and a perfect score of 100 for its healthcare and infrastructure.
Vancouver came in at No. 5, with a score of 96.1. The B.C. city has the highest population in the country and is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities there with half of its residents belonging to minority groups.
However, it is also remains one of the most expensive cities in which to live.
Calgary was the most liveable of Canadian cities, rising from 18th place in the last index and tying with Zurich for third place this year, thanks to its healthcare, infrastructure and education.
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