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Vancouver ranks third in livability study

(Photo by Dustin Godfrey for NEWS 1130)
Summary

Only Vienna and Melbourne outrank Vancouver

Survey finds the city thrives in the areas of culture and the environment

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Vancouver has once again been deemed one of the most livable cities in the world. New rankings from The Economist have placed the city in third spot out of 140 that were surveyed worldwide.

City Councillor Kerry Jang says this is great news as Vancouver sits ahead of both Calgary and Toronto. “It really goes to show you the strength of Vancouver’s economy, its natural beauty and how much we value the environment and nature. We’ve got it all here in Vancouver.”

However, it’s more than just beautiful views that make the city attractive. “What’s really important for me too is our economy is very strong here in our city with becoming a new tech hub for Canada, beyond than just resource industries, it really demonstrates why Vancouver is the destination for so many people.”

But he feels we could always do better. “The only thing that’s hurting us right now is our housing crisis and that’s why we’ve been working very hard trying to create more affordable rentals and ownership models throughout our city.”

One of the areas Vancouver thrived in the survey was culture and environment scoring a perfect ranking.

Vienna, Austria and Melbourne, Australia are the only cities to top Vancouver in overall standings.

In its report The Economist says stability around the world has been dropping in recent years. “Overall, the global average liveability score has fallen by 0.9 per cent to 74.8 per cent over the past five years, and one-quarter of this decline has come in the past year. Weakening stability has been a key factor in driving this decrease. The average global stability score has fallen by 2.4 per cent over the past five years, from 73.7 per cent in 2012 to 71.3 per cent now.”