According to an annual quality of life survey, five Canadian cities are the most livable places in North America, and among the top 25 best places to live in the world.
For the second straight year, Vancouver placed third worldwide behind Geneva and Zurich. Toronto was 14th, Ottawa 20th, Montreal 22nd, and Calgary came in at 25th. I am truly impressed.
Among US cities, Honolulu and San Francisco ranked highest for livability (both 25th), mainly because of lower crime rates relative to the rest of the country. Boston, New York, Portland, and Washington follow at 36, 39, 42, and 42, respectively. Houston ranks lowest at 68. (Way to go, Texas!)
I've been chewing this over, wondering how Boston can rate ahead of New York in anything - yes Allan, except baseball. But I will grudgingly concede that it is probably easier to live in Boston than New York. Not better, just easier.
The survey also gives a separate ranking based on personal safety and security. The world's least secure city? Baghdad.
The lowest-scoring North American city in the personal safety category was Atlanta. (KK, are you reading this? Get out while you can!)
From the results: "The analysis is based on an evaluation of 39 quality of life criteria for each city, including political, social, economic, and environmental factors, personal safety and health, education, transport, and other public services."
CTV story here and summary of survey results here. Many thanks to ALPF!