Vancouver tops list for most liveable city in the world, Toronto #16

Four Canadian cities are among the top 25 in the world in terms of quality of living, according to a global survey published Wednesday.

Overall top spot on the list Mercer Quality of Living Survey is the Austrian city of Vienna.

Vancouver is the top Canadian city among 221 ranked this year, sharing the No. 4 spot with Auckland, New Zealand.

The other Canadian cities in the top 25 are Ottawa at 14, Toronto at 16 and Montreal at 21.

Calgary was ranked No. 28 on the overall quality of living ranking but got the top spot on a new ecology ranking.

No American city made the top 25 on the Mercer list. Honolulu had the top ranking in the United States at No 31.

Mercer says it evaluates local living conditions according to 39 factors, grouped in 10 categories:

1. Political and social environment (political stability, crime, law enforcement, etc)

2. Economic environment (currency exchange regulations, banking services, etc)

3. Socio-cultural environment (censorship, limitations on personal freedom, etc)

4. Health and sanitation (medical supplies and services, infectious diseases, sewage, waste disposal, air pollution, etc)

5. Schools and education (standard and availability of international schools, etc)

6. Public services and transportation (electricity, water, public transport, traffic congestion, etc)

7. Recreation (restaurants, theatres, cinemas, sports and leisure, etc)

8. Consumer goods (availability of food/daily consumption items, cars, etc)

9. Housing (housing, household appliances, furniture, maintenance services, etc)

10. Natural environment (climate, record of natural disasters)

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