[FoRK] Vancouver's Still On Top... (The Economist)

Ian Andrew Bell FoRK fork
Tue Oct 4 19:50:44 PDT 2005

There's something kind of nice about living in a country where no one  
is trying to kill you because your government decided to trample the  
family garden with a M1A2.  There's also something nice about living  
in a country where the prospect of actually receiving treatment for  
your broken leg leads only to a concern over the length of your  
recovery and not over the number of mortgages you'll have to take out  
to repay the bill.  Also, the prospect of /not/ being arrested by  
your own gubbermint for making "terrorist threats" when you yelled an  
an Airline representative is nice, too.

Vancouver, Montreal, and Toronto were all in the Top 5.  ALL of  
Vancouver's 5 largest cities made the list as favourable.  We haven't  
got things perfectly worked out up here, but we're doing something  

Of course, the only thing wrong about these sorts of lists is the  
effect caused when everyone tries to move here.  If you do, bring  
companies with you.  Vancouver is sadly lacking in industry and  




Vancouver tops liveability ranking according to a new survey by the  
Economist Intelligence Unit

A new survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit assessing the  
"liveability" of 127 cities worldwide has found Vancouver to be the  
most attractive destination. The survey shows cities in Canada,  
Australia, Austria and Switzerland as the most ideal destinations  
thanks to a widespread availability of goods and services, low  
personal risk and an effective infrastructure.

Jon Copestake, editor of the report, comments: "In the current global  
political climate, it is no surprise that the most desirable  
destinations are those with a lower perceived threat of terrorism."

The Economist Intelligence Unit's LIVEABILITY RANKING, part of the  
Worldwide Cost of Living Survey, assesses living conditions in 127  
cities around the world by looking at nearly 40 individual indicators  
grouped into five categories: stability; healthcare; culture and  
environment; education; and infrastructure. The survey gives a rating  
of 0%-100% and judges a city with a lower score to be the more  
attractive destination. A rating of 20% is where real problems are  
seen to begin - anything over 50% places severe restrictions on  

Is west the best?

Sixty-three cities - almost half of those surveyed in total - fall  
into the top liveability bracket. This reflects the fact that many  
global business centres have a developed infrastructure and  
widespread availability. Still, the overwhelming majority of cities  
in the top liveability range are based in western Europe and North  
Only three cities in eastern Europe fall into this bracket along with  
13 cities from Asia. All cities in North America and western Europe  
have ratings below 20%. In contrast all cities in Latin America,  
Africa and the Middle East exceed this.
The worst destinations in the survey are those of Algiers and Port  
Moresby in Papua New Guinea - where many aspects of daily life  
present challenges. All ten cities where the liveability index  
exceeds 50% are in Asia, Africa or the Middle East.

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