Mercer Quality Of Living Survey: Canada Slides Slightly On Liveable Cities Index

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The Huffington Post Canada   First Posted: 11/30/11 10:36 AM ET Updated: 11/30/11 10:40 AM ET

Canada continues its slow slide down the liveable-cities index in the latest report from Mercer Consulting.

The 2011 index, released on Tuesday, shows Vancouver retaining its position as the most liveable city in Canada, though it fell in the overall rankings from fourth place last year, to fifth place this year, tying with Dusseldorf, Germany.

It’s not much of a slide but it’s a far cry from a decade ago, when Vancouver spent survey after survey vying for top spot with Zurich, Switzerland.

And the True North continues to dominate the U.S. in the rankings; the highest-ranked U.S. city was Honolulu, at 29th spot.

Vancouver has been falling one spot in the rankings every second year or so for the past several years.

Other cities that ranked in the top 50 included Ottawa (14th place), Toronto (15th), Montreal (22nd), and Calgary (33rd).

On the personal safety rankings, Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver all tied for 17th place. In first place was the tiny European country of Luxembourg. Austria, Finland, New Zealand, Sweden and Switzerland dominated the top 10 for personal safety.

Vancouver placed third earlier this year in a similar survey of cities carried out by The Economist, behind Melbourne, Australia, and Vienna, Austria.

Vienna appears to be the current undisputed winner of liveable-cities rankings, as it also took the top spot in the new Mercer ranking.

In second place came Zurich, followed by Auckland, New Zealand, and Munich, Germany.

At 221st place, Baghdad was deemed the least liveable city surveyed by Mercer. The Economist’s ranking from this summer had Harare, Zimbabwe, as the least liveable city.

THE WORLD'S 10 MOST LIVEABLE CITIES, ACCORDING TO MERCER

9 (tie): Copenhagen, Denmark
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Population: 548,000
Per capita GDP: $60,900 (for Denmark, 2010)
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