Most livable cities: Hong Kong's on top but Vancouver's not?
Is Vancouver no longer one of the world's most livable cities in the world?
Fret not, local boosterati—the city wasn't even considered for a new index evaluating the most livable cities in the world.
The Economist Intelligence Unit (which publishes the biannual Liveability Index that Vancouver has topped for almost a decade) held a competition, in conjunction with the data-sharing company BuzzData, requesting innovative and fresh ways to interpret their data.
Architect and urban planner Filippo Lovato won the Best City Contest (and $10,000) with his Spatially Adjusted Liveability Index. His new index examined the biggest and most geographically diverse cities, thereby reducing the list from the usual 140 to 70.
Consequently, Melbourne, Vancouver, and Vienna (which all regularly vie for first place) were excluded.
Lovato also added a sixth category (spatial characteristics) to the pre-existing categories. The new category included seven urban planning indicators: sprawl, green space, natural assets, cultural assets, connectivity, isolation, and pollution.
In the absence of the usual contenders, Hong Kong took the top spot.
And what's more, European cities, rather than Australian and Canadian ones, dominated the top 10, including Amsterdam (in second place), Paris, Stockholm, Berlin, and Munich. Japan also ranked favourably, with Osaka in third place and Tokyo at number 10.
The sole North American and Canadian city to make the top 10 was Toronto, which came in at number eight, due to weak scores for isolation and cultural assets. (Toronto ranked number four on the 2011 EIU Global Livability Report, one spot after Vancouver.)
Here are the top 10 cities on the remixed index:1. Hong Kong
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