Calgary is tied with Zurich, Switzerland for third place in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) annual ranking of the world’s most livable cities.
Calgary was previously in the top 10, but third place is the highest ranking the city has achieved, beating Vancouver to fifth and Toronto to eighth.
“More and more Calgarians are telling their city’s story, and people are taking notice,” Mayor Jyoti Gondek said in a statement Thursday.
“Our rise in the Most Liveable City ranking reflects our city’s welcoming nature, affordability and opportunity for entrepreneurs.
“We breathe optimism and invite people to join us in shaping our future. »
Vienna, Austria took first place, followed by Copenhagen, Denmark.
The EIU, a research and analysis division of The Economist Group, sister company to The Economist newspaper, has ranked 172 cities this year.
He said each city received a score out of 100 on more than 30 qualitative and quantitative factors in five categories: stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.
With an overall score of 96.3, here’s how the city fared in each category:
- Stability: 95
- Health care: 100
- Culture and environment: 90
- Education: 100
- Infrastructure: 100
“An important aspect of the ranking is the focus on the quality of life for all citizens in the face of economic challenges and this continues to be a priority for Calgary,” said Brad Parry, president of Calgary Economic Development, in a statement. communicated.
“This ranking is recognition that Calgary is a great city where people can earn and earn a living as we help solve global challenges. »
The city is working to reinvent downtown, most recently announcing a partnership with Gehl Studio and Stantec Calgary to transform the Stephen Avenue pedestrian center into a more vibrant neighborhood.
The EIU livability survey said it did not take cost of living into account.
The survey indicates that overall scores have increased since last year due to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in many places, but the global average score is still below pre-pandemic levels. .
Notably, this year the EIU wrote in its findings that Kyiv, Ukraine was forced off the list due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The war also influenced the lower rankings of Moscow and St. Petersburg in Russia due to “increased instability, censorship, the imposition of Western sanctions and the withdrawal of companies from the country”.
Damascus, Syria, as well as Tripoli, Libya and Lagos, Nigeria are at the bottom “as they face social unrest, terrorism and conflict”.
Cities in Western Europe and Canada took most of the top 10 spots, with the exception of Osaka, Japan, which tied with Melbourne, Australia for 10th place.