Vancouver still world's most liveable city: survey

SYDNEY Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:19am EST

Clouds gather above the night skyline of downtown Vancouver during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics February 25, 2010. REUTERS/Greg Bos

Clouds gather above the night skyline of downtown Vancouver during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics February 25, 2010.

Credit: Reuters/Greg Bos

SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - Vancouver topped the list of the world's most liveable cities for the fifth straight year, while Melbourne claimed second place from Vienna and Australian and Canadian cities dominated the list's top 10 spots.

In the annual survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the Canadian west coast city and 2010 Winter Olympics host scored 98 percent on a combination of stability, health care, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure -- a score unchanged from last year.

It has topped the list from 2007.

Although Melbourne pipped the Austrian capital for silver medal, there was no other major change near the top of the list of 140 cities worldwide. Auckland, New Zealand, came in 10th.

"Mid-sized cities in developed countries with relatively low population densities tend to score well by having all the cultural and infrastructural benefits on offer with fewer problems related to crime or congestion," said Jon Copestake, editor of the report, in a statement.

Pittsburgh was the top U.S. city with 29th place -- just ahead of Honolulu -- while Los Angeles moved up three places to 44th and New York held onto the 56th spot.

London moved up one place to 53rd while Paris came in at number 16.

The top Asian city was Osaka at number 12, tying Geneva, Switzerland and beating out the Japanese capital of Tokyo, which came in at 18.

Hong Kong came in at 31 but Beijing, capital of the world's most populous nation and No. 2 economy, straggled in at 72.

There was also little change at the bottom, with Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, once again claiming the worst position with a rating of 37.5 percent, narrowing beating out the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka.

The Economist Intelligence Unit survey ranks cities based on 30 factors such as healthcare, culture and environment, and education and personal safety.

Following is a list of the top 10 most liveable cities as ranked by The Economist Intelligence Unit:

1. Vancouver, Canada

2. Melbourne, Australia

3. Vienna, Austria

4. Toronto, Canada

5. Calgary, Canada

6. Helsinki, Finland

7. Sydney, Australia

8. Perth, Australia

8. Adelaide, Australia

10. Auckland, New Zealand

The bottom 10 cities were:

1. Harare, Zimbabwe

2. Dhaka , Bangladesh

3. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

4. Lagos, Nigeria

5. Algiers , Algeria

6. Karachi, Pakistan

7. Douala, Cameroon

8. Tehran, Iran

9. Dakar, Senegal

10. Colombo, Sri Lanka

(Reporting by Balazs Koranyi; editing by Elaine Lies)

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Comments (6)
cbarber12000 wrote:
The summary of the Global Liveability Ranking and Overview is at www.eiu.com/liveability

Feb 22, 2011 6:52am EST  --  Report as abuse
forzapista wrote:
Those evil solcialists, how dare they create liveable cities.

Feb 22, 2011 8:21am EST  --  Report as abuse
wondermonkey wrote:
Factors they seem to discount for “livability”:
• fun things to do
• intelligent people to talk to
• good schools and post-secondary
• sensible mass transit systems
• walk-ability and bike-ability
• sustainability of lifestyle on the environment

Feb 22, 2011 12:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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