Global Quality Of Living Ranking Puts Vancouver #5 In 2012

According to the Mercer Quality of Living Survey, Vancouver is the top-rated city for living in all of Canada, and is the fifth-best in the entire world again this year. The next highest-ranking Canadian city is Ottawa in 14th place, followed by Toronto in 15th place, Montreal in 23rd place and Calgary in 32nd place. 

The survey is conducted every year, and takes into account things like war, the economy, natural disasters and more. Cities are ranked by their quality of living based on a grid of 10 different categories that includes consumer goods, economic environment, housing, medical and health considerations, natural environment, political and social environment, public services and transport, recreation, schools and education and finally, socio-cultural environment.

The Mercer Quality of Living Survey also has an infrastructure survey, which ranks cities by their traffic congestion, airports, electricity supply, water availability, telephone and mail services and public transportation. On this survey, Vancouver ranked 9th – the highest-ranked city in the Americas, while Toronto ranked 16th.

In 2010, Vienna was still the highest-rated city, and Vancouver was in the fourth spot. Over 200 cities are ranked in the survey, and Mercer is the world’s biggest human resource consulting firm.

The top-rated city globally is Vienna, which was also number one last year.


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