Calgary ranked world's third most livable city by Economist Intelligence Unit

June 23, 2022
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Calgary livable city

Calgary has risen to third, our highest ever ranking, in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) annual list of the world’s most livable cities. 

The annual rankings were released today by the widely respected organization with Calgary as the top city in North America and tied with Zurich, Switzerland for third in the global rankings after first-place Vienna, Austria and Copenhagen, Denmark. 

The EIU says its Livability Survey quantifies the challenges that might be presented to an individual's lifestyle in 173 cities worldwide. 

Cities are rated from 1 to 100 in six categories: Stability, Healthcare, Culture, Environment, Education and Infrastructure. Calgary, which has regularly been among the Top 10 in the EIU rankings since 2008, received top marks for Culture, Environment and Education.  

“More Calgarians are telling the story of their city, and people are taking notice,” said Mayor Jyoti Gondek. “Our climb in the rankings for Most Livable City reflects the welcoming nature of our city, its affordability and the opportunity offered to entrepreneurs. We are exuding optimism and inviting people to join us in shaping our future.” 

The Economist Intelligence Unit is the research and analysis division of The Economist Group, the sister company to The Economist newspaper.  

“An important aspect of the rankings is the focus on livability for all citizens given economic challenges and it continues to be a focus for Calgary,” said Brad Parry, President and Chief Executive Officer of Calgary Economic Development. “This ranking is an acknowledgment Calgary is a great city for people to make a living and a life as we help solve global challenges.” 

The rankings align with a broader vision of prosperity championed by Calgary Economic Development to include success for individuals, businesses and the overall community and it reveals the city’s underlying strengths provide a solid foundation for the future.  

This ranking has received wide-spread media coverage highlighting the world's most livable cities for 2022.

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