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Canada claims three spots on Top 10 most livable cities list


Leeanna McLean
Digital Reporter

Thursday, August 17, 2017, 7:10 PM - One year later and Canada has once again topped The Economist Intelligence Unit's most livable cities in the world, claiming three of the Top 10 spots.

In fact, the top five cities are in the exact same order as 2016's livability index.

Melbourne, Australia, has been ranked the world's most livable city for the seventh year in a row. Prior to that, Vancouver held the top spot.

Only a 0.1 percentage point separated Melbourne from Vienna who fell close behind at second place.

The report lists 140 cities and ranks them on a number of criteria, including: healthcare, education, security, infrastructure and the environment (including weather conditions). Each city is assigned a score out of 100.

This year, Vancouver scored 97.3, Toronto 97.2 and Calgary 96.6.


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"Those that score best tend to be mid-sized cities in wealthier countries with a relatively low population density," the report notes. "These can foster a range of recreational activities without leading to high crime levels or overburdened infrastructure."

The results show all three Canadian cities score highly in healthcare and education, with perfect scores. Toronto and Calgary received a score of 100 for stability, while Vancouver came up short at 95.

"Over five years, 95 of the 140 cities surveyed have seen some change in their overall livability scores," the 2017 report highlights. "Of these cities, an overwhelming 66 have seen declines in livability, but there is a silver lining, as this number is actually down from 69 just six months ago."

Heightened fears over terrorism, social unrest and ongoing civil war are some of the factors contributing to the decline in scores, the report notes.

Here's the top 10 most livable cities:

  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Tie: Calgary, Canada and Adelaide, Australia
  • Perth, Australia
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Helsinki, Finland
  • Hamburg, Germany

The 10 least livable:

  • Kiew, Ukraine
  • Douala, Cameroon
  • Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Karachi, Pakistan
  • Algiers, Algeria
  • Port Moresby, PNG
  • Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Tripoli, Libya
  • Lagos, Nigeria
  • Damascus, Syria (at the bottom of the list)

SOURCE: 2017 Global Livability Report

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