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Study Ranks Vancouver “The Unhappiest City” In Canada

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Vancouver is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world; however, a recent study finds that its residents are the unhappiest in Canada.

Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule, and Vancouver certainly enjoys a higher standard of living than many cities. For one thing, it is consistently rated as one of the most liveable cities in the world. As a result, it was ranked the third most liveable city in the world for the seventh year in a row.

With that in mind,a recent study entitled How Happy Are Your Neighbours? conducted by experts from UBC and McGill, finds that a high standard of living doesn’t equal happiness.

While Vancouver enjoys a higher median income than many smaller cities, its residents aren’t any happier for it. In fact, the study finds that people living in big cities, such as Vancouver and Toronto, face unique challenges.

Unhappiest City

Specifically, large cities are generally unhappier due to the pressures of living with pricey housing markets. In addition, they often face longer commutes, higher population densities, as well as a perceived lack of community.

What’s more, Vancouver officially has the worst housing market in Canadian history. Therefore, the situation is particularly exacerbated.

Furthermore, the city isn’t considered very friendly, which leads to a perceived lack of community. Much like this study, another study ranks smaller communities as more friendly.


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