In the latest report from the Economist Intelligence Unit, Vancouver ranked third, followed by Toronto and Calgary in fourth and fifth respectively. The Canadian cities were bested only by Vienna in second and Melbourne, which topped The Economist’s Liveability Ranking.
The annual survey of 140 cities uses more than 30 factors to gauge the state of healthcare, education, infrastructure, stability, culture and environment — rendering a score out of 100.
Vancouver lost marks only for petty crime rates, availability of quality housing and congested road networks, with report authors citing a series of infrastructure projects such as the new Evergreen transit line “that will no doubt have a long-term benefit, but in the short-term they can be disruptive.”
The results vary little from the last ranking released six months ago, with Vancouver maintaining the third spot after slipping from first place in 2011.
Most of the top-tier countries are separated by fractions of a percentage — the first-ranked Melbourne is scored 97.5, only 1.8 points higher than 10th-place Auckland, N.Z. The Economist Information Unit uses the ranking to provide suggestions on how businesses should compensate employees working abroad in cities “where living conditions are particularly difficult.”
It’s one of several studies of its kind, but economic development experts in the listed Canadian cities say The Economist report’s catering to business communities could lead to tangible benefits...
Via Lauren Moss