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article imageThe Economist I.U.: Vancouver, BC, world’s most livable city.

By Igor I. Solar     Feb 21, 2011 in World
Vancouver - Vancouver, British Columbia, is again at the top of the list of world's most livable cities according to an annual survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
The city of the Canadian west coast, home to the 2010 Winter Olympics, obtained 98 percent in a combination of factors such as stability (security), health-care, culture, environment, education and infrastructure. This is a result that has not changed for the past five consecutive years. Two other Canadian cities are within the 5 top positions: Toronto (97.2%) and Calgary (96.6), took spots 4 and 5.
Melbourne (Australia) beat Vienna (Austria) for second place. There were no other significant changes in the top 10 places of the list of 140 world cities. Sidney, Perth and Adelaide (Australia) took 7, 8 and 9 posts. Auckland, New Zealand, is in the tenth position.
"Medium-sized cities in developed countries with relatively low population densities tend to be successful in providing all cultural and infrastructural benefits, with fewer problems related to crime or congestion," said Jon Copestake, editor of the report.
Pittsburgh, ranked 29, was the first American city to appear in the list, just ahead of Honolulu, while Los Angeles went up three places to position 44 and New York stood at 56.
In Europe, Paris stood at 16 while London climbed one place to 53. The first Asian city on the list is Osaka, ranked 12, tied with Geneva (Switzerland). Osaka did better than the Japanese capital Tokyo, which placed 18.
There was little change at the bottom of the list. Harare, capital of Zimbabwe, did worse (140) than Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh (139).
The survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit is based on 30 factors in 5 categories that include health-care, culture and environment, education infrastructure and personal security. The survey gives an overall rating of 0-100, where 1 is intolerable and 100 is ideal.
Vancouver  named by the Economist Intelligence Unit as the world s most livable city for the 5th tim...
Vancouver, named by the Economist Intelligence Unit as the world's most livable city for the 5th time.
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