Three Canadian cities ranked in the top 10 of the "Most Livable Cities in the World" survey prepared by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Vancouver ranked first as the most livable city in the world for the fifth consecutive year, while Toronto earned the very respectable 4th place, just behind Melbourne and Vienna. Calgary also made it to the top 10, placing fifth.
Toronto Skyline by Oliver Mallich
The survey assessed 30 factors from 5 categories: stability, health care, culture & environment, education and infrastructure. Out of a possible 100 points, Toronto scored 97.2 points. Vancouver scored 98.0, and held its position mainly due to the infrastructure boost generated by its hosting last year's Olympics.
Of the cities that made it to the top 10, four were Australian and three were Canadian, while Finland, Austria and New Zealand were each represented by one city. On the other end of the spectrum, the city ranked as worst to settle down in was Harare, Zimbabwe.