The Economist Group rates cities across the world on an annual basis based on their livability. This year, Calgary took the fifth spot on the list. Other Canadian cities that also appeared in the top 10 include Toronto and Vancouver. Adelaide, Australia also ranked fifth in the rankings.
The livability factors that play a role in the rankings include healthcare, infrastructure, stability, culture and environment and education. In the education, healthcare and stability categories, Calgary received top marks. It didn't do as well in the culture and environment placing though and this may be due in part to the harsh winters that we experience.
According to the report, the cities that were the most livable were, for the most part, mid-sized, located in wealthier countries and had a lower population density. It's also interesting to note that 7 of the top 10 cities are located in either Canada or Australia as listed below:
1. Australia - Melbourne
2. Austria - Vienna
3. Canada - Vancouver
4. Canada - Toronto
5. Canada - Calgary
5. Australia - Adelaide
7. Australia - Sydney
8. Finland - Helsinki
9. Australia - Perth
10. New Zealand - Auckland
One of the reasons why Vancouver placed so well on this list was due to its decreasing crime rates. While the rate of crime is climbing in many of the top tier cities across the world, crime has been decreasing steadily in Vancouver since 2012. The reasons why other notable cities like Tokyo, Paris, London and New York didn't make it to the top 10 are mainly due to high crime rates and congested transportation within these urban hubs.
It wasn't surprising to see several cities dropping down in the rankings due to instability and conflict that are surrounding them. Damascus, Moscow, Kiev and St. Petersburg, to name a few, dropped significantly due to conflicts in the area.