Vancouver ranks No. 7 in world Quality of Life Survey


We may be the 46th best city in Canada, but we are the seventh best place in the world.

A little more than week after informed us that there are 45 places across the country better than us (how could we possibly compete with Pickering, Ont or Medicine Hat ?), Vancouver has been ranked the seventh most livable city in THE WORLD by Monocle magazine’s annual Quality of Life Survey.

Our city, which ranked 15th in 2014 and 19th in 2013, benefited from new survey metrics introduced by Monocle this year.

“We’ve added 22 new metrics, including several that look at housing and the cost of living, from the price of a three-bed house to the cost of a coffee, glass of wine and decent lunch. We’ve also put more emphasis on access to the outdoors,” Monocle editor in chief Tyler Brûlé said in a release.

So, our affordable housing helped with our rise up the list. Makes sense.

“We’ve given extra marks to cities that limit their nannying and we’ve tried to give value to places where there’s something else we know is vital: freedom, grit, independence, a joy with life. We’re frustrated with city councils that are too quick to say no, places where parents never let their children run free and capitals that seem opposed to the odd late night out.”

That does not sound like Vancouver. Like, not at all.

But we’re still No. 7!

The only other North American city to make the list of 25 awesome cities is Portland. Go Cascadia.

Tokyo was named the No. 1 place to live.

“Tokyo claims the hotly debated crown due to its defining paradox of heart-stopping size and concurrent feeling of peace and quiet,” the Monocle release said.

Copenhagen, which was the top spot in 2013 and 2014, tumbled to 10th this year because the Danish capital was “just too expensive.”

European cities dominate the Monocle list with 16 spots. There are five Asian cities, two from Australia and one from New Zealand, while South America and Africa were completely shut out. They’ll just have to try harder next year.

Monocle Quality of Life Survey
2015 Ranking (2014 ranking, 2013 ranking)

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