Calgary finished third with Zurich, Switzerland
According to a report by the Economist Intelligence Unit, Calgary is the third most livable city in the world.
The annual rankings, released by the EIU on Thursday, showed the Stampede City ranked third with Zurich, Switzerland. Calgary is regularly in the top 10, but it is the city’s highest ranking in this survey. Vienna, Austria tops the list, followed by Copenhagen, Denmark. Vancouver was in fifth place.
“More Calgarians are telling their city’s story and people are taking notice,” Mayor Jyoti Gondek said in a news release. “Our climb into the Most Liveable City ranking reflects the welcoming nature of our city, its affordability and the opportunities it offers to entrepreneurs. We are exuding optimism and inviting people to join us in shaping our future.”
Cities are rated in six categories including sustainability, health care, culture, environment, education and infrastructure. Calgary received top marks for culture, environment, and education.
EIU is the research and analysis division of The Economist Group, a subsidiary of economist Newspaper.
Brad Parry, president and chief executive of Calgary Economic Development, said in a news release, “An important aspect of the rankings is the focus on affordability for all citizens given the economic challenges, and this remains a focus for Calgary. Is.” “This ranking is an acknowledgment because Calgary is a great city to make a living and a life for people to help us solve global challenges.”
While the rankings do not specifically focus on cost of living or the economy, Calgary has shifted its focus in recent years to diversifying into the economy and green energy. The startup sector received record venture capital investments in the first quarter of the year.
The city is currently focused on re-imagining the city to transform it into a 24-7 economic and residential heartbeat.
The Calgary Herald is taking an in-depth look at the issue through a series of stories this week.