Vancouver ranked the best place to live: The Economist

Vancouver was recently tabbed the most expensive housing market in North America by an international real estate survey, but a new report by The Economist said it is also the most liveable city in the world.

Two other Canadian cities, Toronto and Calgary, also placed in the top five for liveability.

A ranking by the magazine’s Intelligence Unit of 140 cities ranks them based on factors in five areas: stability, health care, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure. On a scale of 100, Vancouver scored 98, followed by Melbourne at 97.5 and Vienna at 97.4. It was the third straight year Vancouver scored a 98 on the survey.

The report could only find crime as a drawback to Vancouver on the liveability scale. But even though Vancouver’s murder rate of 2.6 per 100,000 population was above the national average of 1.8, it was still half the U.S. average and on par with locations such as New Zealand and Finland, said the report.

Toronto ranked fourth in liveability at 97.2 and Calgary was fifth at 96.6. They were the only two cities in the top ten to score a perfect 100 on stability, health care and education. But both Toronto and Calgary lagged behind Vancouver in culture and environment. Compared to Vancouver’s perfect score in that category, Toronto scored 97.2, and Calgary came in at 89.1.

On the bottom of the list was Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, with a score of 37.5, followed by Dhaka in Bangladesh, at 38.7.

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