Liveability Rankings 2009

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Not much has changed since the last time I reported on the Liveability report from The Economist Intelligence Unit in 2007. Vancouver is still the best place to live overall according to the 2009 ranking:

  1. Vancouver, Canada
  2. Vienna, Austria
  3. Melbourne, Australia
  4. Toronto, Canada
  5. Perth, Australia
  6. Calgary, Canada
  7. Helsinki, Finland
  8. Geneva, Switzerland
  9. Sydney, Australia
  10. Zurich, Switzerland

I’m finding the Mercer’s 2009 Quality of Living survey much more useful as it provides a special ranking for hubs with the best infrastructure. Note that Mercer’ survey is meant to be used as a comparison tool to determine compensation packages for companies with personnel abroad. Yet, as usual, it is fun to make a list of the cities where you would want to live next, right?

Here are the Top 5 cities in each region, according to the Mercer survey:

Americas Asia Pacific Europe Middle East & Africa
Vancouver Auckland Vienna Dubai
Toronto Sydney Zurich Port Louis
Ottawa Wellington Geneva Abu Dhabi
Montreal Melbourne Dusseldorf Cape Town
Calgary Perth Munich Port Elizabeth

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