Vancouver Ranked #1 For Quality Of Living In North America

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Mercer has released its 2019 Quality of Living ranking and Vancouver once again finished high on the list.

As the world’s largest human resources consulting firm, Mercer’s annual ranking includes 231 global cities.


Vienna tops the ranking for the 10th year running, with Zurich coming in second place.

As for Vancouver, we finished in third place after coming in fifth last year. Likewise, our city was the highest ranked North American city for the 10th straight year.

Vancouver’s third place finish in 2019 is tied with Munich and Auckland. Other Canadian cities on the list include Toronto (16th), Ottawa (19th), Montreal (21st), and Calgary (32nd).

Mercer’s Quality of Living ranking is based on the following factors:

  • Recreation
  • Housing
  • Economic environment
  • Consumer goods availability
  • Public services and transport
  • Political and social environment
  • Natural environment
  • Socio-cultural environment
  • School and education
  • Medical and health considerations

Below are the top 10 cities in the world for quality of living.

Top 10 Cities in the World For Quality of Living

  1. Vienna, Austria
  2. Zürich, Switzerland
  3. Vancouver, Canada
  4. Munich, Germany
  5. Auckland, New Zealand
  6. Düsseldorf, Germany
  7. Frankfurt, Germany
  8. Copenhagen, Denmark
  9. Geneva, Switzerland
  10. Basel, Switzerland

To see the full ranking, click here.

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