Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto remain among world's most liveable cities
At fifth place, Calgary ranked the highest of any Canadian cities, though it was down one spot from 2018.
Vancouver came in at number six, followed by Toronto, which was tied for seventh with Tokyo.
Vienna, Austria took home the title as the most livable city in the world for the second straight year.
The report scored 140 cities on five major categories:
- Health Care
- Culture and Environment
Calgary scored a perfect 100 in every category except culture and environment.
That score takes the temperature and “discomfort of climate to travellers” into account, along with religious restrictions and censorship.
In the report, The Economist said the report is meant to help provide benchmarks for developing cities and allow employers to better calculate hardship allowances when employees are asked to relocate.
“Our liveability rating quantifies the challenges that might be presented to an individual’s lifestyle in any given location,” reads the report. “It allows for direct comparison between locations.”
While the top ten cities haven’t changed since 2018, the report said overall scores in certain categories have improved worldwide.
“Over the past year we have observed that average scores for stability have risen, reflecting, in very general terms, a slight diminishing of the perceived threat of terrorism, after a period of acute concern.”
The report adds that some of the cities that saw jumps in their stability scores included regions that had very low scores to begin with, such as Tripoli, Libya, and Jakarta, Indonesia.
Below are the complete rankings for both the top ten most livable and least liveable cities.
1. Vienna, Austria
2. Melbourne, Australia
3. Sydney, Australia
4. Osaka, Japan
5. Calgary, Canada
6. Vancouver, Canada
7. Toronto, Canada
7. Tokyo, Japan
9. Copenhagen, Denmark
10. Adelaide, Australia
131. Caracas, Venezuela
132. Algiers, Algeria
133. Douala, Cameroon
134. Harare, Zimbabwe
135. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
136. Karachi, Pakistan
137. Tripoli, Libya
138. Dhaka, Bangladesh
139. Lagos, Nigeria
140. Damascus, Syria
Source: Global News
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