Sunrise over Vancouver Harbour
by Evan Leeson
Annual Quality of Living Survey prepared by Mercer confirmed Vancouver as the city with highest quality of living in North America and the fourth highest in the World.
The top ten was dominated by European cities: Vienna, Zurich and Geneva ranked in the top three, followed by German towns. Besides Vancouver, only Auckland (#4) and Sydney (#10) slipped in. Survey showed Canadian cities are far ahead the US in terms of quality of living: Ottawa (#14), Toronto (#16), Montreal (#21) and Calgary (#28) completed the North America top five. The city with highest quality of living in the USA, Honolulu, ranked #31 globally.
Unfortunate Baghdad kept his gloomy position at the bottom of the slightly revised list (221 cities, compared to 215 last year). Mercer included also Eco-City ranking for the first time, with Calgary on the first place. Vancouver ranked #13.