Right on the heels of Toronto being named the world's most livable city by Metropolis magazine, The Economist has revealed that it agrees — with a couple of other Canadian cities thrown in for good measure.
In the Economist Intelligence Unit's annual Liveability Ranking and Overview Report for 2015, Canadian cities take three of the top five (well, six if you're counting the tie) spots, and we couldn't be more proud of our country.
For the past five surveys, Melbourne is ranked as the world's most liveable city, with Vienna coming in a close second. Vancouver sits in third place, which has been the case since it was dethroned from the top spot in 2011, and close on its heels is Toronto. Each of these cities separated by only 0.1 point, according to the publication's rankings.
Tied for fifth place are Adelaide, Australia, and Calgary.
So what makes these Canadian cities (and fine, a couple of Australian ones) such great places to live? More than anything else, it's the relative calm enjoyed by these metropolises, as the cities that have fallen in rankings (like Kiev and Tripoli) have faced serious threats to public safety in recent years.
And there is something to be said for having a lot of land and not quite so many people. As the survey notes, cities that are ranked highest "tend to be mid-sized cities in wealthier countries with a relatively low population density," like Canada's 3.40 people per sq km.
This chart, tweeted by the publication, shows which cities have risen and which have fallen in recent years.
The rest of the cities in the top
ten 11 were Sydney, Perth, Auckland, Helsinki and Zurich.
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