Toronto places fourth, just three tenths of a point from first place on list of 140 cities

Three Canadian cities once again round out The Economist's list of the world's most liveable cities. The Economist's liveability rankings is an index produced by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), and is a component of The Economist's annual "Index of Indexes," which last year named Toronto the best place in the world to live. The index rates 140 cities on 30 factors related to safety, healthcare, educational resources, infrastructure and the environment.

Toronto's strong showing in this year's liveability rankings is highlighted by the city's first place ranking in three of five categories.

Toronto ranks 1st in the world for stability

The commercial capital of one of the world's most peaceful countries received a perfect score of 100, tying at least two other cities for the lead as the most stable global environment. The stability category includes five indicators: prevalence of petty crime, prevalence of violent crime, threat of terror, threat of military conflict and threat of civil unrest/conflict.

Toronto ranks 1st in the world for healthcare

The healthcare category includes six indicators: availability of private healthcare, quality of private healthcare, availability of public healthcare, quality of public healthcare, availability of over-the-counter drugs and general healthcare indicators adapted from the World Bank. Toronto also topped the healthcare category, with a perfect score of 100, perhaps in part explaining why Canada is the happiest country in the G7.

Toronto ranks 1st in the world for education

Toronto is home to one of the most educated populations in the world. And those who study in Canada benefit from a top 5 global education system and access to several globally competitive colleges and universities, including two of the world's top schools for computer science.

Toronto also ranked second in the category of culture and entertainment and received a rating of nearly 90 out of 100 for its quality of infrastructure and housing availability.

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August 24, 2016

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