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The Most Livable Cities in the World 2011

by Marquette Turner

in Investing in Property, News & Views, Real Estate Radar, Resources, Variety

Vancouver has once again topped the list of the world’s most livable cities, according to the reputable Economist Intelligence Unit.

This is the fifth consecutive year that the Canadian city came out on top, while Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city claimed second place from Vienna whilst other Australian and Canadian cities dominated the list’s top 10 spots.

In the annual survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the Canadian west coast city and 2010 Winter Olympics host scored 98 per cent on a combination of stability, health care, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure – a figure unchanged from 2010.

Vancouver has topped the list since 2007.

Although Melbourne pipped the Austrian capital for silver medal, there was no other major change near the top of the list of 140 cities worldwide that were surveyed.

“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 US city with 29th place – just ahead of Honolulu – while Los Angeles moved up three places to 44th and New York held onto the 56th spot.

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

The top Asian city was Osaka at number 12, tying Geneva, Switzerland and beating out the Japanese capital of Tokyo, which came in at 18.

Hong Kong came in at 31 but Beijing, capital of the world’s most populous nation and No. 2 economy, straggled in at 72.

The Economist Intelligence Unit survey ranks cities based on 30 factors such as healthcare, culture and environment, and education and personal safety.

The Top 10 Most Livable Cities

1. Vancouver, Canada

2. Melbourne, Australia

3. Vienna, Austria

4. Toronto, Canada

5. Calgary, Canada

6. Helsinki, Finland

7. Sydney, Australia

8. (equal) Perth, Australia

8. (equal) Adelaide, Australia

10. Auckland, New Zealand

Vancouver, Canada - The World's Most Livable City

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Reuters

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