Hey Vancouver, how does it feel to be so popular?

A study by the Reputation Institute has handed the West Coast city the world's best reputation after polling 18,000 people in G8 countries.

"While the idea of a destination’s reputation may not be on the top of everyone’s mind when they decide where to live, work, vacation, or do business, our studies indicate that it should," Nicolas Georges Trad, the Reputation Institute's executive partner, said in a news release.

The institute looked at criteria including the degree to which people "trust, admire, respect and have an affinity" for cities in the survey. It also looked at whether a city had an advanced economy, appealing environment and effective administration.

These criteria are narrowed even further by looking at factors such as its beauty, safety, cultural vibrancy and its business environment.

And while Vancouver wasn't chosen as the prettiest city in the world, only it and Sydney finished in the top 10 in all of these criteria, a news release said.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson was understandably elated at the news, saying in a statement that it was a good ego boost for the city, Global BC reported.

"We’re blessed with a beautiful city that our citizens are committed to taking good care of, and it’s inspiring to see that the rest of the world believes in Vancouver just as strongly as we do," he said.

Vienna, Sydney, Copenhagen and Oslo rounded out the top five, while Toronto came in with 22nd best reputation and Montreal followed at 26th.

The news comes as Vancouver's reputation drops in other rankings of global cities. The city ranked third in the Economist's 2012 survey, behind Melbourne and Vienna.

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  • Vancouver, B.C., Canada

    Vancouver has been named the city with the best reputation, according to the Reputation Institute. (Photo by David Hecker, AFP/Getty Images)

  • Vienna, Austria

    The Reputation Institute has named Vienna the city with the second-highest rep in the world. (Photo by Joe Klamar, AFP/Getty Images)

  • Sydney, Australia

    The Reputation Institute has named Sydney as the city with the third-best reputation. (Rob Griffith, AP)

  • Copenhagen, Denmark

    Copenhagen, Denmark has been named the city with the world's fourth-best reputation by the Reputation Institute. (Photo by Johannes Eisele, AFP/Getty Images)

  • Oslo, Norway

    Oslo, Norway has the fifth best reputation in the world, according to the Reputation institute. (Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

  • Barcelona, Spain

    Barcelona, Spain has the sixth-best reputation in the world, according to the Reputation Institute. (Photo by Josep Lago, AFP/Getty Images)

  • Florence, Italy

    Florence, Italy has the seventh best reputation in the world, according to the Reputation Institute. (Ghigo Roli, Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore)

  • Venice, Italy

    Venice, Italy has the world's eighth best reputation among cities, according to the Reputation Institute. (Luigi Costantini, AP)

  • Stockholm, Sweden

    Stockholm, Sweden has been named the city with the ninth-best reputation, according to the Reputation Institute. (Sven Nackstrand, AFP/Getty Images)

  • Melbourne, Australia

    Melbourne, Australia is number 10 among cities with the best reputations. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)



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  • 10. Auckland, New Zealand

    Morning fog shrouds Auckland city on July 6, 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand. Fog in Auckland has caused disruption to flights around the country for the second day in a row. (Phil Walter/Getty Images)

  • 9. Perth, Australia

    A helicopter tows a large Australian flag past the Perth city skyline prior to the fireworks on the banks of the Swan River as Australia celebrates Australia Day on January 26, 2010 in Perth, Australia. (Paul Kane/Getty Images)

  • 8. Helsinki, Finland

    Herring boats are docked in front of the Finnish capital's famous market place for the 261st annual Baltic Herring Market. In the background are Helsinki's blue and white city hall and its snow-white landmark cathedral. (PAAL AARSEATHER/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 7. Sydney, Australia

    In this handout image provided by Carnival Australia, P&O Cruises 'Pacific Jewel' cruise's out of Sydney with a message of support for the New South Wales State of Origin team emblazoned across her front on June 9, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (James Morgan/Carnival Australia via Getty Images)

  • 6. Adelaide, Australia

    The Belgium Umicore Solar Team celebrates in Victoria Square fountain after Umicar Infinity crossed the ceremonial finish line to place second in the World Solar Challenge in Adelaide, 26 October 2007. (TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 5. Calgary, Canada

    Fireworks explode above the skyline of Calgary during the opening ceremony for the 1988 Winter Olympics held in Calgary in Canada. (Bob Martin, Getty Images)

  • 4. Toronto, Canada

    The sun sets over the Toronto skyline in his undated file photo. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)

  • 3. Vancouver, Canada

    A view of the Vancouver skyline as seen from the Burrard Civic Marina on March 11, 2009 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

  • 2. Vienna, Austria

    The Hofburg (Imperial Palace) is lit up at night on November 30, 2007 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

  • 1. Melbourne, Australia

    A general view of the city skyline and electricity powerlines on the Mairbyrnong River in West Footscray June 4, 2007 in Melbourne, Australia. (Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)



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  • 10. Tokyo, Japan

    Source: <a href="http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2012/07/best-city-world?fsrc=scn/tw_ec/live_and_let_live" target="_hplink">The Economist</a>

  • 9. Munich, Germany

    Source: <a href="http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2012/07/best-city-world?fsrc=scn/tw_ec/live_and_let_live" target="_hplink">The Economist</a>

  • 8. Toronto, Canada

    Source: <a href="http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2012/07/best-city-world?fsrc=scn/tw_ec/live_and_let_live" target="_hplink">The Economist</a>

  • 7. Berlin, Germany

    Source: <a href="http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2012/07/best-city-world?fsrc=scn/tw_ec/live_and_let_live" target="_hplink">The Economist</a>

  • 6. Stockholm, Sweden

    Source: <a href="http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2012/07/best-city-world?fsrc=scn/tw_ec/live_and_let_live" target="_hplink">The Economist</a>

  • 5. Sydney, Australia

    Source: <a href="http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2012/07/best-city-world?fsrc=scn/tw_ec/live_and_let_live" target="_hplink">The Economist</a>

  • 4. Paris, France

    Source: <a href="http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2012/07/best-city-world?fsrc=scn/tw_ec/live_and_let_live" target="_hplink">The Economist</a>

  • 3. Osaka, Japan

    Source: <a href="http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2012/07/best-city-world?fsrc=scn/tw_ec/live_and_let_live" target="_hplink">The Economist</a>

  • 2. Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Source: <a href="http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2012/07/best-city-world?fsrc=scn/tw_ec/live_and_let_live" target="_hplink">The Economist</a>

  • 1. Hong Kong

    Source: <a href="http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2012/07/best-city-world?fsrc=scn/tw_ec/live_and_let_live" target="_hplink">The Economist</a>