September 2, 2011

Top 5 Most Livable Cities in the World | Economist Intelligence Unit

Of the Top 5 Livable Cities based on Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual report on the most livable cities in the world, 3 cities are from Canada - Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary.

Here's the Top 5 Most Livable Cities in the World

1. Melbourne, Australia

2. Vienna, Austria

3. Vancouver, Canada

4. Toronto, Canada

5. Calgary, Canada

This is the first time for almost a decade now that Vancouver is not at the top of the 140 cities included in the survey.

How is livability measured?

Economist Intelligence Unit assesses which locations around the world provide the best or the worst living conditions using the following factors to determine a livable city:

1. Stability: prevalence of crime, threat of conflict (military or otherwise), etc. (25 percent of score)

2. Healthcare: availability and quality (20 percent of score)

3. Culture and environment: social freedoms, availability of amenities, and climate (25 percent of score)

4. Education: availability and quality (10 percent of score)

5. Infrastructure: quality of transit, roads, water, energy, and telecommunication and availability of good housing (20 percent of score)

Canada remains to be a best bet if you are planning to immigrate.