The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has once
again named Vancouver as the world's most liveable city.
The organization's Global Liveability Rankings
survey reviewed 140 cities around the world on over 30 indicators
grouped in to five categories: stability, healthcare, culture and
environment, education and infrastructure.
"Ranking at the
top of such a respected survey really speaks volumes about the
enduring appeal of Vancouver," said incoming Tourism Vancouver
chair Rick Baxter at the organization's Annual General Meeting
today. "The elements that make our city such a great place to live
translate into making this a safe, exciting and welcoming place
The EIU's Global Liveability Rankings report
is part of their Worldwide Cost of Living Survey. The survey gives
a rating of 0 - 100% on each of the criteria and judges a city
with a higher score to be the more attractive destination.
Vancouver's overall score was 98%. Following Vancouver in the
rankings were Vienna, Melbourne and Toronto, with Perth and
Calgary in joint 5th position. The survey was last released in
2007 with Vancouver also topping the list.
"The people of
Vancouver are the reason we do so well in liveability rankings,"
said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. "We have a city whose
people are compassionate, green, and entrepreneurial, and it's
qualities like these that make Vancouver a world-class
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