Toronto ranks 8th in new livability index
FILE PHOTO (The Canadian Press/ Aaron Harris)
Published Wednesday, July 4, 2012 2:55PM EDT
Toronto is one of the best cities in the world, according to a novel and complicated new calculation released by The Economist.
According to the Spatial Adjusted Livability Index, Toronto is the best city in North American and eight best city in the world, the magazine said in a report on Wednesday.
The ranking – which placed a high value on green space and culture – awarded Toronto an 85.4 per cent score on its report, placing it one space below Berlin (85.9 per cent).
Hong Kong (87.8) and Amsterdam (87.4) placed first and second, with Tokyo (84.3) rounding out the top 10 list.
Toronto’s eighth-placed ranking was due to low scores for isolation, urban sprawl and cultural assets – a score based on access to UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Toronto received top scores for pollution level and available green space.
No other Canadian city was considered as part of the study.
The Spatial Adjusted Livability Index is the winning formula submitted to an Economist contest, which asked people to build a new city ranking system.
The EIU’s releases an annual Livability Index, which considers social stability, infrastructure education and culture in determining the world’s most livable cities.
In an attempt to improve the index, The Economist partnered with information-sharing firm BuzzData in a contest to devise a new calculation.
Entrant Filippo Lovato designed the winning calculation by adjusting the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Livability Index to add the category of “spatial adjustments.”
The spatial adjustments category measures a city’s level of green space, urban sprawl, natural and cultural assets, connectivity (how easy it is to reach the rest of the world), isolation and pollution.
The top three cities in the Livability Index – Melbourne, Vienna and Vancouver – and several other highly-ranked cities were not considered because they were below Lovato’s population cut-off.
The Spatial Adjusted Livability Index Top 10:
- Hong Kong