Vancouver remains as world’s most liveable city, survey says


An annual survey of the best cities in the world has placed Vancouver, Canada in the same top spot for fifth straight year in a row.

The Canadian west coast city, which hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics, has earned the highest score of 98 percent on a combination of such parameters as stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

Since 2007, the city has been occupying the number one spot in the annual survey done by the Economic Intelligence Unit, which lists the top 140 cities worldwide.

The Australian capital city of Melbourne placed second while the rest of those in the top 10 also remained unchanged.

“Mid-sized cities in developed countries with relatively low population densities tend to score well by having all the cultural and infrastructural benefits on offer with fewer problems related to crime or congestion,” said Jon Copestake, editor of the report, in a statement.

Pittsburgh was the top U.S. city at 29th place, just a little ahead of Honolulu while Los Angeles moved up three places to 44th and New York remained at 56th spot.

Meanwhile, London moved up one place to 53rd while Paris came in at number 16.

The top Asian city was Osaka at number 12, which was tied with Geneva, Switzerland and ahead of the Japanese capital of Tokyo, which emerged at 18.

Strengthening it position as a tourism and trade hub, Hong Kong came in at 31 but Beijing, capital of the world’s most populous nation and No. 2 global economy, could only make it to 72.

For the battle on those in the bottom, Zimbabwe capital city of Harare, has retained the worst position with a rating of 37.5 percent, narrowly beating out the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka.

The Economist Intelligence Unit survey ranks cities based on 30 indicators that include healthcare, culture and environment, and education and personal safety, among others.

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