Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Calgary world's 5th most livable city: survey

Calgary is the fifth most livable city in the world, according to the latest annual ranking compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

The report analyzes 30 factors to establish its annual rankings, including stability, health care, culture, environment, education, infrastructure and personal safety and is often used by companies to determine hardship allowances for relocated employees. The UK based group explains what makes a high-ranked city:

"Cities that score best tend to be mid-sized cities in wealthier countries with a relatively low population density. This often fosters a broad range of recreational availability without leading to high crime levels or overburdened infrastructure. Seven of the top ten scoring cities are in Australia and Canada, where population densities of 2.88 and 3.40 people per sq km respectively compare with a global (land) average of 45.65 and a US average of 32."

Calgary ranked 96.6 our of a maximum 100.

Country City Rank Overall Rating (100=ideal)
Australia Melbourne 1 97.5
Austria Vienna 2 97.4
Canada Vancouver 3 97.3
Canada Toronto 4 97.2
Canada Calgary 5 96.6
Australia Sydney 6 96.1
Finland Helsinki 7 96.0
Australia Perth 8 95.9
Australia Adelaide 8 95.9
New Zealand Auckland 10 95.7
Bottom 10
Cote d'Ivoire Abidjan 131 45.9
Iran Tehran 132 45.8
Cameroon Douala 133 44
Pakistan Karachi 134 40.9
Libya Tripoli 135 40.4
Algeria Algiers 136 40.2
Nigeria Lagos 137 39.0
PNG Port Moresby138 38.9
Bangladesh Dhaka 139 38.7
Zimbabwe Harare 140 38.2

Source: Economist Intelligence Unit

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