Vancouver ranks 5th in international quality of living survey

Vancouver. (CARMINE MARINELLI/QMI AGENCY)

Vancouver. (CARMINE MARINELLI/QMI AGENCY)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:23 PM ET

CALGARY - Vancouver remained the top Canadian city - 5th overall in the world - when it comes to quality of living, says the Mercer 2012 Quality of Living Survey.

For the second year in a row, Vienna, Zurich, Auckland, and Munich were also listed as the places with the best quality of life, retaining their positions of first, second, third and fourth overall, respectively.

Mercer Canada official Luc Lalonde said living conditions are evaluated through factors grouped into 10 categories including medical and health, transportation, recreation, and political, social and economic environments, in which Canadian cities often receive top scores.

“Canadian cities tend to do well in the Quality of Living Survey because it measures things like political, social environments, economic environment, medical and health,” he said.

Ottawa ranked 14th, with Toronto at 15th. Montreal came in listed at 23 and Calgary at 32.

Lalonde said the lower rankings, especially Calgary’s, could be partly blamed on the climate.

“A city like Calgary loses some points under natural environment, the climate, but this is true of other Canadian cities other than Vancouver that has a milder climate,” he said.

“So Calgary, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, technically loses points because of our harsh winters.”

Airports also tipped the scales.

“Where Calgary lags other large Canadian cities to a certain extent would be in airports and availability of international flights compared to say Toronto or Montreal,” he said.

- Katie Schneider

TOP TEN CITIES IN THE WORLD

1. Vienna, Austria

2. Zurich, Switzerland

3. Auckland, New Zealand

4. Munich, Germany

5. Vancouver, Canada

6. Dusseldorf, Germany

7. Frankfurt, Germany

8. Geneva, Switzerland

9. Copenhagen, Denmark

10. Bern, Switzerland

TOP FIVE IN CANADA

1. Vancouver (5)

2. Ottawa (14)

3. Toronto (15)

4. Montreal (23)

5. Calgary (32)

WORST TEN CITIES IN THE WORLD

Baghdad, Iraq (221)

Bangui, Central African Republic (220)

Port-au-Prince, Haiti (219)

N’djamena, Chad (218)

Khartoum, Sudan (217)

Sana’a, Yemen (216)

Brazzaville, Congo (215)

Tbilisi, Georgia (213)

Nouakchott, Mauritania (213)

Kinshasa, Democratic Rep. of the Congo (212)

Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire (211)

Conakry, Guinea (210)

 


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