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More Canadians want to live in Vancouver than any other city: survey

Kenneth Chan Jul 13, 2017 8:15 am 5,703

It turns out Vancouver is quite the catch at home and abroad.

A new global survey by Ipsos Reid has found that Canada’s West Coast city is the first choice for Canadians if they had to choose to live in one of the world’s top 60 global cities.

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Toronto came just behind Vancouver for Canada’s top preferences, followed closely by Sydney, Zurich, and Oslo.

More astoundingly is Vancouver’s ranking among Americans, coming in second place behind New York City and just ahead of Washington DC, Boston, and Sydney.

Within China, the city also ranks at second place – coming behind Singapore, tied with Zurich, and ahead of Sydney, Shanghai, Toronto, and Beijing.

The 2017 Ipsos Reid Top Cities Index survey, which takes into account a place’s suitability to live in, do business in, and visit, interviewed nearly 19,000 people across 26 countries, and the results were weighted to match the population of each country.

The same survey also ranked Vancouver as the third most livable city.

Where Canadians want to live in 2017

1. Vancouver: 43%
2. Toronto: 36%
3. Sydney: 21%
4. Zurich: 19%
5. Oslo: 16%
6. Stockholm: 15%
7. Amsterdam: 14%
8. Auckland: 11%
9. Helsinki: 11%
10. London/Rome/New York: 9%

Where Americans want to live in 2017

1. New York City: 20%
2. Vancouver: 18%
3. Washington DC: 17%
4. Boston: 17%
5. Sydney: 15%
6. Toronto: 15%
7. Amsterdam: 15%
8. Los Angeles: 15%
9. Oslo: 15%
10. Zurich: 14%

The desire to live in Vancouver from other countries in 2017

  • Great Britain: 4th place
  • France: 6th place
  • China: 2nd place (tied with Zurich)

Vancouver’s 2017 Top Cities Index ranking in countries

  • Canada: 2nd place
  • United States: 7th place
  • Great Britain: 8th place
  • France: 7th place
  • China: 8th place
  • Japan: 6th place
  • Mexico: 4th place
  • South Korea: 3rd place
  • Australia: 5th place
  • New Zealand: 7th place

Kenneth Chan
National Features Editor at Daily Hive, the evolution of Vancity Buzz. He covers local architecture, urban issues, politics, business, retail, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, and the travel industry. Kenneth is also a Co-Founder of New Year's Eve Vancouver. Connect with him at kenneth[at]

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