Vancouver Canada's top city for quality of life, No. 5 in the world

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Fresh off of being named the smartest city in Canada, Vancouver has been ranked as Canada’s top-rated city for quality of living. Vancouver ranked number five globally. Vancouver also placed in the top ten for infrastructure.

Vienna retains the top spot as the city with the world’s best quality of living, according to the Mercer 2012 Quality of Living Survey. Zurich and Auckland follow in second and third place, respectively, and Munich is in fourth place, followed by Vancouver, which ranked fifth. Düsseldorf dropped one spot to rank sixth followed by Frankfurt in seventh, Geneva in eighth, Copenhagen in ninth, and Bern and Sydney tied for tenth place.

Canadian cities still dominate the top of the index for this region, with Vancouver (5) retaining the top regional spot, followed by Ottawa (14), Toronto (15) and Montreal (23). Calgary ranks 32 on the overall quality of living ranking. Overall, there was almost no movement in rankings among Canadian cities from 2011 to 2012, with Calgary advancing one position, Montreal retreating one position, and the other cities remaining unchanged.

In terms of city infrastructure, Vancouver (9) tops the ranking for the region with Atlanta and Montreal following at 13. Other Canadian cities that ranked highly were Toronto (16) and Ottawa (25). In the United States, Dallas ranked 15, followed by Washington, DC (22), Chicago (28) and New York (30). Buenos Aires, Argentina (83) has the best city infrastructure in Central and South America, whereas Port-au-Prince is the lowest ranking at 221.

Globally, the cities with the lowest quality of living are Khartoum, Sudan (217); N’Djamena, Chad (218); Port-au-Prince, Haiti (219); and Bangui, Central African Republic (220). Baghdad, Iraq (221) ranks last.

The top 10 cities in the world for quality of living 2012:

    1. Vienna, Austria
    2. Zurich, Switzerland
    3. Auckland, New Zealand
    4. Munich, Germany
    5. Vancouver, Canada
    6. Düsseldorf, Germany
    7. Frankfurt, Germany
    8. Geneva, Switzerland
    9. Copenhagen, Denmark
    10. Bern, Switzerland
    11. Sydney, Australia

The Top 10 Cities in the world for infrastructure

  1. Singapore
  2. Frankfurt, Germany
  3. Munich, Germany
  4. Copenhagen, Denmark
  5. Düsseldorf, Germany
  6. Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  7. London, United Kingdom
  8. Sydney, Australia
  9. Hamburg, Germany
  10. Vancouver, Canada

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