The Economist recently ranked 3 Canadian cities among those most livable in the world: Vancouver, Toronto, and Calgary. These cities took 3rd, 4th, and 5th place respectively out of the 140 ranked. Only Melbourne, Australia, and Vienna, Austria, ranked higher.
The report suggests that perhaps one of the reasons that 7 of the top 10 cities are in Australia or Canada is because of potential broad trend of mid-sized cities in wealthy countries with low population densities.
“This can foster a range of recreational activities without leading to high crime levels or overburdened infrastructure. Eight of the top 10 scoring cities are in Australia and Canada, with population densities of 2.88 and 3.40 people per square kilometres respectively.
The Economist ranks cities on 30 factors, including stability, health care, culture, environment, education, and infrastructure.
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