Calgary rises in ranks to fifth most livable city in the world in 2024

June 26, 2024
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Calgary has risen to the fifth most livable city in the world, and most livable city in North America, in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual list of the world’s most livable cities. 

The annual rankings were released today by the global research firm, with Calgary rising from its position as the seventh most livable city in 2023. This marks the 11th year the city has ranked among the top 10 most livable cities in the world. 

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

Cities are evaluated and assigned quantitative and qualitative scores across five categories – stability, healthcare, education, culture and environment, and infrastructure. Calgary, which has consistently placed among the top ten cities since 2013, received top marks in education, healthcare and stability. 

“Calgary’s rank as the most livable city in North America is testament to the high quality of life and opportunity that exists in the city,” said Geraldine Anderson, Vice President, Marketing, Communications, Strategy and Strategic Alliances, Calgary Economic Development. 

“We can see it in the record number of people moving to Calgary who come here to build a life and a career.” 

In 2023, Calgary welcomed a record number of newcomers – nearly 100,000 people – and Alberta emerged as the fastest growing province in the country. 

We’re pleased to see Calgary rise in the ranks this year and to see the world take note of the exciting things happening in our city. That said, the work doesn’t stop. We will continue to work with community organizations, businesses and Calgarians to ensure we build on the momentum, keep investing in ourselves and ensure Calgarians can see a future for themselves and the next generation," said Anderson.

Calgary’s consistent rank aligns with a broader vision of building long-term prosperity for the city by focusing on livability, talent, business environment, brand and innovation in the economic action plan, Uplook.  

Learn more about the what’s like to live in Calgary, and explore the city’s key sectors driving economic growth and prosperity. 

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