If you’re looking for something to toast this drippy Thursday evening, here it is. Raise a glass. Pat yourself on the back. Vancouver has done it again. According to the latest Liveability report by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the Economist magazine’s corporate sibling, Vancouver is the third best place to live in the world. We normally score well and 2013 is no exception.
How does scoring work?
“The ranking scores 140 cities on a scale of zero to 100 for each of 30 factors such as the quality of public healthcare or the threat of military conflict. These 30 values are then combined to create scores in five areas: stability, infrastructure, education, health care, and culture and environment. A weighted average of those five numbers gives each city its final score. A glance at the top ten shows that the cities that do best are mid-sized conurbations in countries with low population densities, because such conditions will often result in low crime, working infrastructure and lots of recreational activities.”
This year, Melbourne got the best ranking followed by closely by Vienna. Toronto came in fourht and Calgary came in fifth. A few years back, Vancouver held the top position for almost a decade.
Photo: The Economist Intelligence Unit
Last modified: August 29, 2013