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Toronto ranked 8th-best city in the world

Toronto fell several spots on a best-cities list but still managed to remain in the top 10 — the only North American city to do so.

Hong Kong topped a new list put out by The Economist magazine this year, followed by Amsterdam and Osaka. Toronto ranked eighth out of 70 cities around the world.

New methodology used to rank cities this year took green space, pollution, urban sprawl, cultural assets, access to nature and other indicators into account. Toronto scored low when it came to dealing with urban sprawl and access to natural assets. It also received a low ranking for access to cultural assets — that grade was based on proximity to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s World Heritage sites.

Melbourne and Vancouver, which perennially made The Economist’s most-livable cities list, were shut out this time around.  

The research arm of The Economist, the Economist Intelligence Unit (E.I.U.), used a new methodology to determine the world’s best urban centres. The E.I.U. teamed up with BuzzData to launch a contest calling for new ways to interpret the best-cities data. Filippo Lovato was the winner with his Spatially Adjusted Livability Index that added seven new indicators to city rankings.  

“Although the top cities in the standard livability ranking were absent from the sample Lovato used, the addition of indicators like connectivity brought some larger cities into the mix while keeping the integrity of other areas of the survey,” the report states.

The competition-winning research looked at 70 cities. The E.I.U. studies 140 urban centres for its livability rankings.

Last year, Toronto ranked fourth on The Economist’s top-10 livable cities list. Vancouver was third, with Melbourne knocking it out of its previous first-place position.

The top 10

Hong Kong
Amsterdam
Osaka
Paris
Sydney
Stockholm
Berlin
Toronto
Munich
Tokyo

The bottom 10

Tehran
Nairobi
Lusaka
Phnom Penh
Karachi
Dakar
Abidjan
Dhaka
Lagos
Harare