Calgary makes Economist Top 10 list of best places to live in the world

Calgary has made the Top 10 list of best cities to live in an Economist Intelligence Unit ranking on liveability and cost of living.

Liveability and cost of living factors in ranking

Calgary ranked No. 5 in the Top 10 best cities to live in the 2015 Economist Intelligence Unit report. (Leslie Kramer/CBC)

Calgary has made the Economist Intelligence Unit's Top 10 list of best places in the world to live, tying with Adelaide, Australia for No. 5.

It joins the ranks of Vancouver, rated at No. 3, and Toronto at No. 4. Vienna is No. 2 on the list.

The best place in the world to live for the fifth year in a row is the Australian city of Melbourne.

The annual liveability survey looks at factors including culture, infrastructure, health care and education.

While the Top 10 cities garner the most attention, the survey also shows an increase in global instability in the past year. Liveability has decreased in 140 of the world's cities, it says. Civil unrest and ongoing conflicts contribute to the decline. 

"The threat to personal safety, whether in the form of crime, unrest or conflict has knock on implications for other aspects of liveability," said Jon Copestake, editor of the survey.

"Last year, events in Ukraine and the Middle East formed a sobering backdrop to global liveability, but in the last twelve months this has been compounded by protests in the U.S., sanctions in Russia and shootings in France and Tunisia." he said in a statement.


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