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Vancouver: The World’s Most Liveable City, The World's Most Liveable Cities 2011 Top 10 Announced

Vancouver: The World’s Most Liveable City, The World's Most Liveable Cities 2011 Top 10 Announced ( 2/21/2011 )

The Economist Intelligence Unit has announced the World's Most Liveable Cities List for 2011. Cities from Canada and Australia dominate the Top 10.

The Economist Intelligence Unit announced today (21st February 2011) it’s list of the World’s Most Liveable Cities. The highest score and number one ranking was achieved by Vancouver, Canada.
Vancouver: The World’s Most Liveable City

For the fifth year in a row Vancouver has been ranked as the number one world’s most liveable city by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Vancouver, Canada’s eighth largest city, received a major boost to its infrastructure when it hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics, adding to the services and facilities which have seen the city dominate the Economist's rankings for most of the past decade.

Vancouver received a 100/100 ranking for its health care services, education system and for its culture and environment rating. It also received an impressive 95/100 stability ranking. The report’s authors did note that Vancouver’s crime rate is on the rise. Vancouver’s murder rate of 2.6 per 100,000 is well above the Canadian 1.8 per 100,000 average.

The World’s Most Liveable Cities Top 10 List 2011

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
How is the Most Liveable City in the World is Decided?

In order to decide the world’s most liveable city, the Economist Intelligence Unit ranks 140 cites from around the world. There are 30 indicators which each city is judges against from five broad categories:

* Stability
* Healthcare
* Culture and environment
* Education
* Infrastructure

Each city receives an overall rating of our 100; 100 in considered to be ideal and 1 is intolerable. The health care facilities and education standards offered by Australia and Canada were are a major factor in these countries’ cities continued dominance of the World’s Most Liveable Cities Top 10 list. All cities in the World’s Most Liveable Cities Top 10 list, except for Helsinki, received a 100/100 ranking for their education facilities systems.

In 2011 rankings, just 2.3 percentage points separated the number 1 ranked Vancouver, and the number 10 ranked Auckland, New Zealand.
Mid-Sized Cities Dominated World’s Most Liveable Cities 2011 Top 10

In a statement accompanying the release of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s liveability survey, the report’s author Jon Copestake explained that ‘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.’

Vancouver’s population sits at just below 600,000 with just over 2.1 million people living within its metropolitan area. Sydney, Australia is the largest city in the Top 10 with a population of over 4.5 million.
Europe’s Most Liveable City 2011

Vienna was the only city from the 2010 World’s Most Liveable Cities List to move down in rankings. Vienna slipped from second to third place. According to Mercer’s 2010 Quality of Living Report, Vienna is the World’s Most Liveable City. Mercer’s slightly different ranking system, which uses categories including housing, consumer goods, socio-cultural environment (censorship, limitations on personal freedom, etc) placed Vienna in first place, followed by the Swiss cities of Zurich and Geneva.

The Mercer Quality of Living Report’s ranking system is primarily prepared to assist government agencies and multi-national corporations when transferring employees from one country to another. It’s rankings are dominated by European cities, with Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich and Bern all making the Top 10.
The World’s Least Liveable City for 2011

Harare, Zimbabwe ranked 140th out of 140 cities survey by the World’s Most Liveable Cities report. It’s total score out of one hundred was just 37.5. The report noted that despite the hopes which are held for elections in 2011, scores of just 25 per cent for stability and 20.8 per cent for health care paint a bleak picture and Harare’s and Zimbabwe’s future.

The report also deemed as intolerable Harare’s prevalence of petty crime, its threat of civil unrest or conflict, and its quality of public transport. Harare is home to almost 3 million people, many who live in extreme poverty.
The World’s Most Liveable Cities Bottom 10 Ranked Cities

131. Colombo, Sri Lanka

132. Dakar, Senegal

133. Tehran, Iran

134. Douala, Cameroon

135. Karachi, Pakistan

136. Algiers, Algeria

137. Lagos, Nigeria

138. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

139. Dhaka, Bangladesh

140. Harare, Zimbabwe
About the Economist’s World’s Most Liveable Cities List

The Economist’s World’s Most Liveable Cities list is drawn from the The Economist Intelligence Unit’s liveability survey. Founded in 1946, the Economist Intelligence Unit in the in-house research unit for the Economist magazine, and employs over 120 full time staff. The liveability survey is prepared with a number of intended uses including benchmarking perceptions of development levels to assigning a hardship allowance as part of expatriate relocation packages.

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