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Of the top 10 best places to live in the world – three are in Canada

The US didn't make the list at all.

Erika Mailman
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Erika Mailman

Global liveability is a stuffy phrase that just means, ‘here’s how you can figure out the best place to live.’ The Global Liveability Index 2022 prepared by Economist Intelligence looks at factors like culture and environment, healthcare and education to score different cities worldwide. Results are in, as reported by Condé Nast Traveler, and a fantastic trend is that Canada has three cities listed in the top ten. No other country has that honor!

Switzerland comes closest, with two cities included. Sadly, the US is not in this list at all, but let’s carry on. We can always try again next year.

So, Canada’s three highlighted cities are Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto. Let’s zoom in and examine.

Calgary came in at #3 worldwide. It received an overall rating of 96.3 out of 100. For stability, it got 95; for culture and environment, it got 95—and check this out: for healthcare, education and infrastructure, it got top marks of 100. Calgary tied with Zurich, Switzerland for this ranking.

Vancouver was #5 on the list with an overall score of 96.1. For stability, it got 90; for infrastructure it got 92.9 — and like Calgary, it scored 100 in three other categories: healthcare, education, and culture and environment.

Toronto also scored beautifully, at #8 on the list with an overall rating of 95.4. It achieved two perfect scores, for education and healthcare. Stability at 95 and culture and environment at 95.4 were still high numbers, but the infrastructure dropped to a ‘B’ at 89.3 (Maybe it has to do with that airport?).

At any rate, seems like Canada is the place to be for a fulfilling and enriching lifestyle. And now, because you’re dying to know, the best city out of 172 worldwide is... Vienna, Austria, with an overall score of 99.1. 

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