Calgary, Vancouver And Toronto Makes Top 10 Most Liveable Cities In the World

Calgary, Vancouver, and Toronto — are among the Three Canadian cities considered to be among the top 10 most liveable cities in the world, according to Global Liveability Index report of 2019.

These three North American cities sit on the top Ten (10) most liveable cities in the world. Other cities on the list can be seen below;

Top 10 Most Liveable Cities

  • Vienna, Austria
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Calgary, Canada
  • Osaka, Japan
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Adelaide, Australia

In comparison to the EIU’s 2017 survey reports, Calgary replaces Toronto in the 4th place, while in contrast Vancouver and Toronto fell three (3) places to 6th and 7th place respectively.

Vienna, Austria’s capital city, was named the world’s most liveable city for the first time, taking the place of Melbourne, Australia, for the top spot.

The EIU is the analysis and research unit of The Economist Group, which also runs and manages the popular weekly magazine.

The Global Liveability Index is released yearly by the EIU and measures living conditions in 140 cities around the world based on five (5) criteria: healthcare, infrastructure, stability, culture and environment, and education.

Each city is given a livability score based on quantitative and qualitative and factors based on each of the five categories. If a city gets a rating of 100 in specific criteria it means the city is ideal; a rating of 1 is considered bad.

The factors considered under different criteria are as follows:

  • Healthcare: This category focuses on the availability/quality of public and private healthcare, over-the-counter drugs and other general healthcare signals.
  • Infrastructure: This category focuses on the quality of roads, availability of housing, public transportation, and other factors.
  • Stability: This category assesses the crime rate, the threat of terror/ military intervention or civil unrest.
  • Culture and Environment: This category assesses the various signals that range from climate, temperature rating, social or religious restrictions, level of corruption, food/drink, and other social indicators.
  • Education: The category measures the availability/quality of public and private education.

Most Liveable Cities- How Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto performed

The city of Calgary had a perfect score in four out of the five criteria, with Culture and Environment its only limitations. Vancouver and Toronto obtained perfect scores for healthcare and education.

From the top 10 liveable cities in the world, Vancouver was the only city to receive a perfect score for Culture and Environment criteria.

The table below summarizes scores across all five categories:

City Rank Overall Rating Stability Healthcare Culture & Environment Education Infrastructure
Calgary, Alberta 4 97.5 100 100 90 100 100
Vancouver, British Columbia 6 97.3 95 100 100 100 92.9
Toronto, Ontario 7 97.2 100 100 97.2 100 89.3

Calgary, a growing destination of choice for immigrants

Calgary city has a population of approximately 1.26 million people and is situated in the Canadian province of Alberta. In recent years, Calgary has witnessed significant growth, especially as a destination for new migrants to Canada.

According to the latest index report from Canada data, the number of newcomers in the Calgary urban area grew from 197,175 in 2001 to 404,700 in 2016.

Vancouver and Toronto are definitely among the top destinations of choice for newcomers. In fact, immigrants made up roughly forty-six (46) per cent of Toronto’s population, and Forty-one (41) per cent of Vancouver’s in 2016.