Toronto and Montreal ranked world's 'best places to live' in by The Economist

Dec 19 2017, 1:48 pm

Toronto and Montreal have been ranked by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s brand new Safe Cities Index as the top two ‘best places to live’ in the world.

The Safe Cities Index examined safety and security in 50 global cities, weighing each city on their digital security, health security, infrastructure security and personal security. Within the overall Index, Toronto was ranked eighth in the world based on its performance in these factors while Montreal was 14th in the same ranking.

However, when it comes to how Toronto and Montreal performed in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s six other indexes, both cities come out at first and second place, respectively; these cities are the ‘best places to live’ based on the Economist’s index of its own indexes.

These are the national-level indexes of Business Environment, Democracy and Global Food Security as well as the city-level indexes of Safe Cities, Cost of Living and the renowned Liveability ranking, which is the separate index Vancouver is known for consecutively ranking highly in.

In the 2014 Liveability Index, the Economist ranked Vancouver at third place and Toronto at fourth in a list of 140 world cities based on a broader consideration of 30 factors such as safety, healthcare, educational resources, infrastructure and the environment. The 2014 Cost of Living Index also evaluated Vancouver, naming the city as the 21st most expensive place in the world by comparing prices of over 160 products and services.

Vancouver was not one of the 50 cities evaluated in the Economist’s 2015 Safe Cities Index. Toronto and Montreal were the only Canadian cities ranked in this index.

The Economist’s Best Places To Live In 2014

  1. Toronto, Canada
  2. Montreal, Canada
  3. Stockholm, Sweden
  4. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  5. San Francisco, U.S.A.
  6. Melbourne, Australia
  7. Zurich, Switzerland
  8. Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
  9. Sydney, Australia
  10. Chicago, U.S.A.
  11. Los Angeles, U.S.A.
  12. Brussels, Belgium
  13. New York, U.S.A.
  14. Frankfurt, Germany
  15. Osaka, Japan
  16. Tokyo, Japan
  17. Barcelona, Spain
  18. Santiago, Chile
  19. Paris, France
  20. Madrid, Spain
  21. Taipei, Taiwan
  22. London, U.K.
  23. Seoul, South Korea
  24. Hong Kong, China
  25. Rome, Italy

The Economist’s Overall Safe Cities Index 2014

  1. Tokyo, Japan
  2. Singapore
  3. Osaka, Japan
  4. Stockholm, Sweden
  5. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  6. Sydney, Australia
  7. Zurich, Switzerland
  8. Toronto, Canada
  9. Melbourne, Australia
  10. New York, U.S.A
  11. Hong Kong, China
  12. San Francisco, U.S.A.
  13. Taipei, Taiwan
  14. Montreal, Canada
  15. Barcelona, Spain
  16. Chicago, U.S.A.
  17. Los Angeles, U.S.A.
  18. London, U.K.
  19. Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
  20. Frankfurt, Germany
  21. Madrid, Spain
  22. Brussels, Belgium
  23. Paris, France
  24. Seoul, South Korea
  25. Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

Personal Safety

1. Singapore
2. Osaka, Japan
3. Tokyo, Japan
4. Stockholm, Sweden
5. Taipei, Taiwan
6. Hong Kong, China
7. Toronto, Canada
8. Melbourne, Australia
9. Amsterdam, Netherlands
10. Sydney, Australia
29. Montreal, Canada

Infrastructure Safety

1. Zurich, Switzerland
2. Melbourne, Australia
3. Sydney, Australia
4. Amsterdam, Netherlands
5. Tokyo, Japan
6. Montreal, Quebec
7. Singapore
8. Toronto, Canada
9. Madrid, Spain
10=. San Francisco, U.S.A.
10=. Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

Health Security

1. Zurich, Switzerland
2. New York, U.S.A.
3. Brussels, Belgium
4. Frankfurt, Germany
5. Paris, France
6. Osaka, Japan
7. Barcelona, Spain
8. Tokyo, Japan
9. Taipei, Taiwan
10. Stockholm, Sweden
20. Montreal, Canada
21. Toronto, Canada

Digital Security

1. Tokyo, Japan
2. Singapore
3. New York, U.S.A.
4. Hong Kong, China
5. Osaka, Japan
6. Los Angeles, U.S.A.
7. Stockholm, Sweden
8. San Francisco, U.S.A.
9. Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
10. Chicago, U.S.A.
11=. Toronto, Canada
11=. Montrea, Canada


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