Toronto one of the most livable cities in the world
An annual survey released this week by the Economist Intelligence Unit has found that Toronto is the fourth-best city in the world to live in based on several different categories: infrastructure, education, environment and culture, health care and stability.
Toronto rated 97.2 out of 100 possible points, and 140 cities were rated in the survey.
Why did Toronto rate so well?
“Cities that score best tend to be mid-sized cities in wealthier countries with a relatively low population density,” said the report. “This often fosters a broad range of recreational availability without leading to high crime levels or overburdened infrastructure. Seven of the top ten scoring cities are in Australia and Canada, where population densities of 2.88 and 3.40 people per sq. km. respectively compare with a global (land) average of 45.65 (people per sq. km.) and a US average of 32 (people per sq. km.).”
The report is sometimes used by businesses to determine a hardship allowance rate, which is an amount of extra money paid to an employee who is relocated to a dangerous or difficult-to-live-in city.
Canada dominated the top of this list, with Vancouver and Calgary also placing in the top five most livable cities in the world. The top ten cities were: Vancouver, Melbourne, Vienna, Toronto, Calgary, Helsinki, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and Auckland.
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