Quote: Originally Posted by Kari
Winter Olympics host, Vancouver, ranked world's most liveable city
Vancouver (Canada) continues to top the Economist Intelligence Unit's global liveability survey. A score of 98% bodes well for visitors during the Winter Olympics this year. Conversely, as security concerns abound in Sub-Saharan Africa following the Africa Cup of Nations, Football World Cup host Johannesburg (South Africa) comes in joint 92nd place with a score of 69.1%. Nonetheless, this is still the highest score in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Jon Copestake, editor of the report, comments: "Vancouver scores well across all categories in the survey and the forthcoming Winter Games contribute to a strong score in the cultural and sporting events category. Johannesburg has had well-documented crime problems, but performs better in other categories, with the highest overall liveability rating in Sub-Saharan Africa."
Elsewhere, European and North American cities continue to dominate the top tier of the ranking, alongside cities in Australia and New Zealand. Other regions fair less well, especially Sub-Saharan Africa, with security concerns under renewed scrutiny following attacks on the Togo national football team in the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola. The ongoing social and economic crisis in Zimbabwe ensures that Harare is still the worst of the 140 cities surveyed.
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These stats actually are fairly meaningless -- first of all you have to KNOW that there is a Poll being conducted -- secondly how do you "Rate" liveable -
thirdly - how do you "normalize" the statistics for HUGELY varying nrs of inhabitants
For example a sample of say of 5% of Mexico city's inhabitants is around 50% of the ENTIRE population of Iceland
so these types of Stats have to be "Normalized" quite severely -- Raw data would be fairly misleading.
Actuallyi if you read some of the Press reports many citizens of Vancouver have been less than welcoming of the Winter Olympics citing "Police Harrasment" and being unable to travel around the city freely so one might conclude that it wasn't a particularly "livable" city.
Now I don't know whether Vancouver is "Livable" or not never been there -- although other places in Canada on my visits have been very friendly and welcoming places -- but the definition of "Livable" will certainly be different for different people.