Calgary Among the World’s Best
According to the University of Toronto’s Martin Prosperity Institute, Calgary is the ninth-best performing urban area in the world for economic development of 61 global cities, based on 4 criteria:
- Technology – A
- Talent – A
- Tolerance – A
- Quality – B+
1 – Ottawa, Canada
2 – Seattle, USA
3 – Oslo, Norway
4 – District of Columbia (Washington D.C.)
4 – Amsterdam, Netherlands
6 – Copenhagen, Denmark
7 – London, United Kingdom
8 – Tel-Aviv-Jaffa – Israel
9 – Calgary, Canada
10 – Newark, New York, USA
11 – Montreal, Canada
15 – Quebec City, Canada
17 – Vancouver, Canada
17 – Edmonton, Canada
25 – Toronto, Canada
Called Global Cities, the project is based on worldwide GDP and evaluates the “three T’s of economic development” (listed above) along with another factor called “quality of place” to determine its rankings.
Not long ago Calgary was also named as one of the most prosperous cities in the world in 2013 by the Toronto Board of Trade’s Prosperity Index.
The report, consisting of 24 major metropolitan areas on earth including Tokyo and New York, placed Calgary 2nd with Paris in the top spot.
Calgary has also been named as one of the top cities to live in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Livability Survey in 2010, 2011 and 2012!
Taken into account are several factors including…
- Health care
- Employment Growth
- And many more!
And it doesn’t stop there either! Earlier this year MoneySense Magazine found Calgary to be at the top of two of their very own annual surveys.
The first, Calgary was named as the best place to live in Canada and the second, the best place to raise a family in Canada for 2013.
While MoneySense Magazine can’t take into account the personal experiences of those living in different parts of Canada, what they can evaluate are factors such as…
- Crime rates
- Income levels
- Access to health care
…which definitely give anyone a good idea on paper of just how awesome a place is to live.
In late June of 2013 Calgary was hit hard by flash floods that caused incredible damage to homes, communities and even resulted in the tragic loss of life.
It was during this time that people from all over Calgary united as one to help those hit hard by the floods. Countless locals showed up for their fellow Calgarians, providing everything from clean up and food to financial donations and heart-felt compassion.
Among the Best in the World!
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