Vancouver ranked 3rd best city in the world for quality of living

World rankings

Globally, Vienna tops the ranking for the 10th year running, closely followed by Zurich (2).

Singapore (25), Montevideo (78) and Port Louis (83) retain their status as the highest ranking cities in Asia, South America and Africa respectively.

Top 10 cities in the world for quality of living

Vienna, Austria

Zürich, Switzerland

Vancouver, Canada

Munich, Germany

Auckland, New Zealand

Düsseldorf, Germany

Frankfurt, Germany

Copenhagen, Denmark

Geneva, Switzerland

Basel, Switzerland

North American ranking

Though it was sparring with European cities when it came to the worldwide rankings, Vancouver came out on top of the regional pile as it topped the quality of life rankings for North America.

Vancouver was the only Canadian city to make the top-10 list, with Toronto coming in 16th, Ottawa in 19th, Montreal in 21st, and Calgary taking 32nd.

Top 10 North American cities for quality of living

  1. Vancouver
  2. Ottawa
  3. Montreal
  4. Calgary
  5. San Francisco
  6. Boston
  7. Honolulu
  8. New York
  9. Seattle
  10. Chicago

Mercer ranks quality of living based on the following criteria:

  • Political and social environment
  • Economic environment
  • Socio-cultural environment
  • Medical and health considerations
  • Schools and education
  • Public services and transportation
  • Recreation
  • Consumer goods
  • Housing
  • Natural environment
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