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Toronto remains one of the most livable cities in the world: Economists

Last Updated Sep 4, 2019 at 1:27 pm EDT

A sailboat drifts past the Toronto skyline. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve White

A British research company is out with its list of the world’s most livable cities for 2019 and Toronto has made the Top 10.

According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, Toronto ranked seventh.

But it wasn’t the highest placing Canadian city on the list. Calgary landed itself in fifth place and Vancouver placed sixth.

As for which places topped the list — Vienna, Austria retained its position in first, followed by Melbourne and Sydney, Australia.

Sydney made the only jump in the Top 10 – leaping from fifth to third – thanks in part to its environmental initiatives.

Also in the Top 10 were Copenhagen, Tokyo, Osaka and Adelaide.

The world’s least livable city? Damascus. The war-torn Syrian capital has ranked at the bottom of the list for the past seven years.

One-hundred-forty countries were surveyed for the list, which looked which locations provided the best or worst living conditions.

The survey looked at stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

Overall, 27 countries scored better this year than in the previous year, meaning an increase in quality of life for its residents.

San Juan, Puerto Rico, had the biggest improvement overall on the list soaring 20 spots to 69th on the list.