It is a big deal when three Canadian cities are in the world’s top 10 most livable cities ranking by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
Toronto was ranked seventh, ahead of Melbourne, Australia while Calgary placed fourth and Vancouver was sixth.
Every year, the research and analysis arm of the London-based publisher of the Economist magazine ranks 140 cities and scores them based on 30 different factors, boiled down to five categories:
• Stability (based on local rates of crime, terrorism and military unrest)
• Quality of local health care
• Local culture and environment (everything from weather to quality of local restaurants)
• Quality of education
• Quality of infrastructure (everything from transit to electrical grids and telecommunications networks)
Calgary was given perfect scores in most categories, except culture and environment, where it got a 90.
Vancouver scored a 95 in stability and a 92.9 in infrastructure, with a perfect score in the rest.
Toronto scored 89.3 in infrastructure, and 97.2 in culture and environment, earning a perfect score on the rest.
Typically, mid-sized cities tend to do well on the rankings, while large global metropolises tend to be punished for their successes by having higher costs of living and weaker public infrastructure due to higher demand on them.
Other noted cities and their rankings include:
• Paris: 19
• Hong Kong: 35
• London: 48
• New York: 57
While New York, LA and London may well be the cities most people would indicate to wanting to live or visit, they rank poorly because of the strain and stresses on its infrastructure, public transit and affordable housing.
In that regard, mid-size cities like Toronto rank well because it is still a growing city with well-above-average transit and decent infrastructure.
When it comes to safety however, Toronto has not exactly had an unblemished record lately and that would possibly be factored into its ranking down the road if things don’t improve. -CINEWS