For the fourth year in a row, Vancouver, Canada has claimed the top spot on an international ranking of the world's most livable cities for 2005. The EIU 2006 report is due to be released this month.
In its annual survey of world cities, the think-tank division of the London-based Economist magazine ranked the British Columbia metropolis first among 127 in 2005.
To create its list, the Economist Intelligence Unit surveys the cities, assigning each one a 'hardship rating' based on such factors as infrastructure, health care, public safety and access to goods and services.
Vancouver scored a mere one per cent.
With three Canadian cities in the Top 10, residents of Toronto and Calgary also have reason to cheer, as their cities are ranked ninth and tenth respectively.
The EIU's top 10 cities for 2005 were as follows:
At the other end of the scale, Algiers in Algeria, and Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea ranked last. The reason, the EIU said, is that "many aspects of daily life present challenges."
The EIU's bottom 10 cities:
- Phnom Penh
- Port Moresby
My humble prediction....Calgary