Canadian cities of Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto have been featured among the top ten most livable cities in the world, according to a survey conducted by Economist magazine. The survey named Global Livability Report 2018 rates cities based on a number of factors in five broad categories: infrastructure, culture and environment, healthcare, education and stability. The study surveyed 140 cities around the world. In the report, Calgary came in fourth, Vancouver sixth and Toronto seventh positions.
Calgary is the largest city in the Canadian province of Alberta. The city was ranked fourth in the survey with an average score of 97.5, falling behind only Vienna (Austria), Melbourne (Australia) and Osaka (Japan). Calgary is a favorite destination for Canadian immigrants owing to a number of reasons that include the abundance of job opportunities and scenic beauty.
Calgary scored 100 out of 100 in livability factors including Education, Healthcare, Stability and Infrastructure. The only factor in which Calgary could not score a perfect 100 was Culture and Environment, for which the score was 90. The overall score for Calgary is 97.5, a point more than the 2017 score, which was 96.6.
Vancouver, a city located in the province of British Columbia, came sixth in the survey with an average score of 97.3. It is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in Canada. The factors that attract Canada immigrants to the city are vast career opportunities, high standards of living scenic landscape.
Vancouver scored a perfect 100 in Education, Healthcare and Culture and Environment factors. The score for Stability was 95 and Infrastructure, 92.9. The overall score for livability factors was 97.3, which is same as 2017.
Toronto, the capital city of the province of Ontario, is the largest city in Canada. Many immigrants who move to Canada prefer to settle in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) that comprises Toronto and several surrounding municipalities such as Mississauga, Brampton, Richmond Hill, and Hamilton. Toronto is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Canada, with a significant proportion of immigrant population. Other factors that make Toronto attractive to immigrants are job opportunities, importance given to entertainment and cultural activities and opportunities for education. Moreover, the spectacular Niagara Falls is just a short drive away.
Toronto scored overall 97.2 in livability factors, only 0.1 points below Vancouver. The score was same as 2017. Toronto scored 100 out of 100 in Education, Healthcare, Stability. For Culture and Environment, the score was 97.2 and for Infrastructure, the score was 89.3.
In the survey, the Austrian city of Vienna emerged first, though the first 10 places were largely dominated by Canadian and Australian cities. The Australian cities that found their place among the top ten livable cities are: Melbourne ( second), Sydney (fifth) and Adelaide (tenth). Two Japanese cities also came in the top ten, Osaka(third) and Tokyo(seventh). Danish city of Copenhagen was in the ninth place.
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