Calgary rises to third most livable city in the world

Calgary was tied for third with Zurich, Switzerland



According to a report from the Economist Intelligence Unit, Calgary is the world’s third-most-livable city in the world.

The annual ranking was released by the EIU on June 23, showing the Stampede City tied for third with Zurich, Switzerland. Calgary is routinely in the top 10, but this is the city’s highest ranking in this survey. Vienna, Austria, topped the list, followed by Copenhagen, Denmark. Vancouver was ranked fifth.

“More Calgarians are telling the story of their city and people are taking notice,” Mayor Jyoti Gondek said in a news release. “Our climb in the rankings for most livable city reflects the welcoming nature of our city, its affordability and the opportunity offered to entrepreneurs. We are exuding optimism and inviting people to join us in shaping our future.”

The ranking rates 172 cities around the world on over 30 factors, including access to healthcare, amount of green space, cultural and sports activities, crime rates and infrastructure.

Calgary received top marks for culture, environment and education.

The city is also currently focusing on reimagining the downtown to transform it into a 24-7 economic and residential heartbeat.



1. Vienna, Austria
2. Copenhagen, Denmark
3. Zurich, Switzerland (tie)
3. Calgary, Canada (tie)
5. Vancouver, Canada
6. Geneva, Switzerland
7. Frankfurt, Germany
8. Toronto, Canada
9. Amsterdam, Netherlands
10. Osaka, Japan (tie)
10. Melbourne, Australia (tie)




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