The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) released its 2018 list of the world’s most livable cities and three Canadian centres made the top 10: Calgary (4th), Vancouver (6th) and Toronto (tied for 7th with Tokyo). Vienna tops this year’s list, usurping Melbourne’s 7-year stranglehold as the most livable city on the planet.
Although Melbourne ceded the number 1 ranking, Australia can flaunt 3 cities in the top 10: Melbourne (2nd), Sydney (5th) and Adelaide (10th). The only 2 Asian cities making the list were Osaka (3rd) and Tokyo (tied for 7th with Toronto), both in Japan. Rounding out the lineup in the 9th spot was Copenhagen, Denmark.
The EIU ranks 140 cities based on a number of criteria, some of the main factors being stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. Those cities that tended to score best were roughly midsize cities in wealthier countries. Several cities in the top 10 also have relatively low population density, in addition to having a number of cultural and recreational activities attractive to residents without having high crime levels and overburdened infrastructure.
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