If Alberta was a country it would be the 4th best in the world

Jul 28 2016, 11:58 pm

Alberta is a pretty great place to live.

In fact, it’s one of the ten best countries in the world to live. Yes, we said countries.

The United Nations annual Human Development Index for 2015 (based on data from 2014) looks at 188 countries in the world. The UN’s HDI essentially collects all available data on a country’s average life expectancy, education, and gross national income, mashes them together (that’s the technical term, obviously) and grants each member country a world ranking.

Canada tied with New Zealand for a 9th place finish with an overall score of 0.913:

Now here’s where it gets interesting.

The Centre for the Study of Living Standards (CSLS), a Canadian company that’s been around for more than 20 years with the goal “to undertake research in the area of living standards,” released a report today by economist James Uguccioni, which, according to the CSLS, “provides internationally comparable estimates of the Human Development Index (HDI) for the Canadian provinces and territories from 2000 to 2014.”

And, based on information from Statistics Canada, Alberta had a higher overall score than all of Canada.

Yes, it’s slight. But that 0.924 would be good enough to put the lives of everyone living in Alberta in 2014 on top of those in Switzerland as the 4th best country in the world to be calling home.

Not bad, Alberta. Not bad at all.

Now brag to your friends in Ontario because they’d be eight, and even hypothetical winning counts.

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