The annual Mercer Quality of Living Index is one of the most comprehensive of its kind. The index looks at 450 cities across the world and out of the final list of 230 cities, 4 Canadian cities in the top 23 were: Toronto ranking 16th, Ottawa 17th, Montreal 23rd and Vancouver 5th. Vienna topped the list with Zurich and Auckland ranking 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The index takes into account the following metrics to assess quality of life.
- Political and social environment (political stability, crime, law enforcement).
- Economic environment (currency exchange regulations, banking services).
- Socio-cultural environment (media availability and censorship, limitations on personal freedom).
- Medical and health considerations (medical supplies and services, infectious diseases, sewage, waste disposal, air pollution).
- Schools and education (standards and availability of international schools).
- Public services and transportation (electricity, water, public transportation, traffic congestion).
- Recreation (restaurants, theatres, cinemas, sports and leisure).
- Consumer goods (availability of food/daily consumption items, cars).
- Housing (rental housing, household appliances, furniture, maintenance services).
- Natural environment (climate, record of natural disasters).
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