Vancouver Ranked as the #3 Most Livable City in the World

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The Economist has just released the 2015 version of their annual list that ranks the most livable (and unlivable) cities in the world and Vancouver has secured the #3 spot for most livable city in the world!

Melbourne, Australia took top honours in first place for the fifth consecutive year, with Vienna, Austria following closely behind. Vancouver placed third, just above Toronto and Calgary. Is it our fabulous scenery? Our world-class food and dining options? The craft beer? Chances are, it’s all of the above.

The official report, officially known as the 2015 Global Livability Ranking pits 140 cities worldwide against each other based on living conditions and challenges affecting lifestyles. These include weighted categories such as stability, health care, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure.

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The top 5 most livable cities in the world include:

  1. Melbourne, Australia
  2. Vienna, Austria
  3. Vancouver, Canada
  4. Toronto, Canada
  5. Calgary, Canada

In contrast, the bottom 5 of the most livable cities in the world include:

  • Tripoli, Libya
  • Lagos, Nigeria
  • Port Moresby, PNG
  • Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Damascus, Syria

Interestingly, seven of the top 10 scoring cities were in Australia or Canada, and no American city was able to crack the top 10. More information about the official rankings can be found on The Economist website.

What do you think makes Vancouver such a livable city? Let us know in the comment section below!

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One Response to Vancouver Ranked as the #3 Most Livable City in the World

  1. Lauren Bjorklund

    Vancouver is beautiful. surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, Mountains, natural hobbit like forest. parks, and it’s clean, it’s modern, pet friendly, low crime, fresh mountain air, sunny in the summer months but being on the West Coast of Canada very calm temperatures all year round. It is a rain forest so it rains but that produces lush green foliage and lawns and bright colorful flowers all year round. Vancouverites are outdoor type people we can bike anywhere, there are trails all around the city and one of the only places in the world where a person can water ski AND snow ski on the same day!. Whistler ski hill is just an hr and a half out of the city. Within the province there are very diverse landscapes like a desert and orchards, and waterfalls, beautiful lakes and streams and of course the ocean. Very beautiful and LIVABLE but expensive to own property and the basic cost of living is high. If you can afford it, it’s a great place to live.