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Vancouver ranked the best city in the world for startups: report

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Kenneth Chan Aug 18, 2017 2:44 am 2,439

Canada’s third largest city outclasses New York City, London, Singapore, Berlin, and even San Francisco in a new study that ranks the best cities in the world for startups.

According to PeoplePerHour, a UK-based company that links businesses with freelancers, Vancouver tops the list of 25 international cities. Surprisingly, no other Canadian city – not even Toronto – made the ranking.

In compiling its evaluation and ranking of the cities, the company examined data to determine a wide variety of factors such as quality of life, cost of living, housing rent, cost of office space, salaries, and the ease of getting a company started.

Vancouver beat the competition with its high quality of life, good access to office space, and ease of starting a business.

Cities at the bottom of the ranking – Tokyo, Paris, and Rome – struggle from factors like being expensive places to live.

While Vancouver has gained notoriety amongst locals for its high housing costs, it only ranks as the 39th most expensive city in the world – tied with Barcelona, Brussels, and Dusseldorf – based on this year’s Economist Intelligence Unit’s Worldwide Cost of Living survey.

And just this week, another Economist Intelligence Unit report on global livability gave Vancouver its latest consecutive high livability ranking – a third place ranking behind Melbourne and Vienna.

Vancouver has typically punched above its weight in most studies and reports on the world’s best tech and startup cities. For instance, earlier this year, Startup Genome ranked Vancouver and Toronto at 15th and 16th, respectively, in a list of the world’s best startup ecosystems.

PeoplePerHour: World’s Best Cities For Startups 2017

  1. Vancouver, Canada
  2. Berlin, Germany
  3. Manchester, UK
  4. Lisbon, Portugal
  5. Stockholm, Sweden
  6. San Diego, USA
  7. Bangkok, Thailand
  8. Melbourne, Australia
  9. Los Angeles, USA
  10. Bangalore, India
  11. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  12. Singapore
  13. Istanbul, Turkey
  14. London, UK
  15. Sydney, Australia
  16. Tel Aviv, Israel
  17. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  18. Miami, USA
  19. Athens, Greece
  20. Moscow, Russia
  21. San Francisco, USA
  22. New York City, USA
  23. Tokyo, Japan
  24. Paris, France
  25. Rome, Italy
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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]dailyhive.com

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