Calgary is one of the most liveable cities in the world

Each year, The Economist Group researches and analyzes data from around the globe to determine the most livable cities in the world. The survey considers over 30 factors relating to the following five categories: stability, healthcare, education, infrastructure, and culture and environment. Most notably, our very own Calgary, Alberta has snagged the fourth-place spot this year!

According to The Global Livability Index 2018, Calgary is 97.5/100 livable, compared to Vienna who ranks number one at 99.1/100. The suggested livability scale states that any city that ranks within 80/100 to 100/100 has few, if any, challenges to living standards. There does tend to be a relation between the cities that ranked in the Top 10 of this index. The survey explains that,

“Those that score best tend to be mid-sized cities in wealthier countries [with] relatively low population density. Six of the top ten scoring cities are in Australia and Canada, which have, respectively, population densities of 3.2 and 4 people per square kilometre.”

To put this into perspective, here are some average population densities according to the 2017 World Bank statistics per square kilometre:

  • USA – 35.6
  • Austria – 106.7
  • Japan – 347.8
  • Global – 58

Therefore, some of the most livable cities in the world allow for the population to spread out and breathe a little. When looking at the five categories that the livability index considers, Calgary is said to hit 100/100 in 4/5 categories: stability, education, healthcare and infrastructure. Stability analyzes crime, terrorism, unrest and conflict; education analyzes the availability and quality of instruction; healthcare analyzes the availability and quality of both public and private healthcare as well as access to over-the-counter drugs; and infrastructure analyzes the quality of transportation, communication and all city-wide necessities.

Ranking slightly lower on the livability scale but still within the top tier, Calgary ranked 90/100 in the fifth category: culture and environment. This category analyzes a wide range of factors including climate and weather, media and communication, social restrictions, recreational availability, and consumer goods and services. Combining this score with the other four categories led Calgary to rank the fourth most livable city in the world, as it exceeds expectations in almost every category.

Whether you’ve lived in Calgary for years or only visited for a few weeks, it is easy to understand where most of these ratings come from. People smile at you on the street, there is new public art popping up all the time, we have unlimited access to excellent healthcare, and it’s hard to drive ten minutes in any direction without passing by a school. Not only is Calgary one of the most livable cities in the world, but we argue that it is one of the most likeable as well. Sure, we’d love a few more days of sun each year, so maybe if we put in a good word with the man upstairs we can hit number one next year!

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