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Calgary: Fifth Most Livable City in the World (2016)

  • August 20, 2016
  • By Cody Battershill

Calgary is the Fifth Most Livable City in the World... Again!5th Best City to Live In the World

Calgary has once again been named the fifth most livable city in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Global Livability Survey 2016.

This may come as no surprise to many as the western Canadian city has managed to hold its spot at number five on this prestigious index for seven consecutive years! See last years Global Livability Survey for Calgary here.

Some people may find the pace of life in Los Angeles a bit too fast, or the hustle and bustle of urban life in a megacity like Tokyo just too much to handle; it really does come down to personal preference at the end of the day. Also see these 20 Reasons Why I love Calgary.

While these preferences are not and cannot be taken into account for obvious reasons, the EIU does attempt to quantify just exactly which cities are the best to live in using a methodical approach explained briefly below.

But fist, here are the world’s top ten cities in 2016:

#1 – Melbourne, AustraliaDowntown Calgary Traffic Night Highway

#2 – Vienna, Austria

#3 – Vancouver, Canada

#4 – Toronto, Canada

#5 – Calgary, Canada

#5 – Adelaide, Australia

#7 – Perth, Australia

#8 – Auckland, New Zealand

#9 – Helsinki, Finland

#10 – Hamburg, Germany

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Cities that scored best on the Global Livability Survey 2016 tended to be mid-sized and located in wealthier international countries.

Another key finding this year was that widespread fears of terrorism over the past twelve months has caused scores for nearly a fifth of all cities evaluated to decrease.

Ten of those are found in western Europe, including Paris which has suffered a handful of terrorist attacks as of late, as well as Kiev which some would argue is for the most part a warzone.

Meanwhile, other cities in the United States where civil unrest issues are on the rise - cities such as Atlanta, San Francisco and Chicago - have also seen substantial score drops on the index.

How it Works

The EIU’s Global Livability Survey evaluates 140 cities across the world on 30 different factors spread across five key categories, including:

Education (10%)Calgary awards and rankings are the best in Canada

  • public education indicators
  • quality of private education
  • availability of private education

Environment (25%)

  • corruption and censorship levels
  • social and religious restrictions
  • consumer services and goods
  • cultural availability
  • food and drink
  • sporting availability
  • climate, humidity and temperature rating

Health Care (20%)Calgary Awards and Rankings Calgaryism Infographic

  • availability of healthcare
  • quality of healthcare
  • availability of medicine
  • other general health indicators

Infrastructure (20%)

  • quality of roads
  • quality of public transportation
  • availability of housing and its quality
  • telecommunications
  • water and energy provision

Stability (25%)

  • threat of civil unrest and conflict
  • threat of terror
  • threat of military conflict
  • prevalence of both violent and petty crimes

The subcategories named above as well as additional ones unmentioned are then ranked on a scale from:I love Calgary

  • Intolerable
  • Undesirable
  • Uncomfortable
  • Tolerable
  • Acceptable

Scores are then compiled for each city then calculated onto a point-scale made out of 100. Calgary’s scores are as follows:Your Source Best in Calgary Alberta

Overall – 96.6

  • Stability – 100
  • Healthcare – 100
  • Environment – 97.2
  • Education – 100
  • Infrastructure – 89.3

What do you think is affecting Calgary’s scores in the environment and infrastructure categories above? Drop us a line below and let us know!

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Congratulations YYC on achieving another year as the fifth most livable city in the world! Until next time, be sure to give us a like at Calgaryism on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for more of the best of everything to do with YYC – we hope to see you there!

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