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The World's Best Places To Live 2010

The World's Best Places To Live

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Although the answer likely varies from person to person, there are several universal factors that make any spot a great place to live. To get a sense of the best places to call home, the (EIU) assembles annual rankings of 140 major cities worldwide based on which have the most ideal living conditions. The rankings are based on over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five categories: stability, health care, culture/environme
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If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Although the answer likely varies from person to person, there are several universal factors that make any spot a great place to live. To get a sense of the best places to call home, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) assembles annual rankings of 140 major cities worldwide based on which have the most ideal living conditions.

The rankings are based on over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five categories: stability, health care, culture/environment, education and infrastructure. The EIU tasks analysts and in-city contributors to assess qualitative indicators, while using a relative gauge for quantitative factors. The EIU found that for most cities, livability has been unaffected by the recession, as most factors - such as infrastructure and crime levels - have not shifted.

Each city is given an overall livability rating that is weighted between 1-100, with 100 being ideal living conditions and 1 considered intolerable. Each individual category factors into the overall ranking on weighted basis.

So where are the world's best cities to live? Click ahead to find out!

By Paul Toscano
Posted 4 May 2010

10. Auckland, New Zealand

Overall Livability Rating: 95.7 Stability: 95 Health Care: 95.8 Education: 100 Infrastructure: 92.9 Culture & Environment: 97
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Overall Livability Rating: 95.7

Stability: 95
Health Care: 95.8
Education: 100
Infrastructure: 92.9
Culture & Environment: 97

8. (Tied) Adelaide, Australia

Overall Livability Rating: 95.9 Stability: 95 Health Care: 100 Education: 100 Infrastructure: 92.9 Culture & Environment: 94.2
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Overall Livability Rating: 95.9

Stability: 95
Health Care: 100
Education: 100
Infrastructure: 92.9
Culture & Environment: 94.2

8. (Tied) Perth, Australia

Overall Livability Rating: 95.9 Stability: 95 Health Care: 100 Education: 88.7 Infrastructure: 100 Culture & Environment: 100
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Overall Livability Rating: 95.9

Stability: 95
Health Care: 100
Education: 88.7
Infrastructure: 100
Culture & Environment: 100

7. Sydney, Australia

Overall Livability Rating: 96.1 Stability: 90 Health Care: 100 Education: 100 Infrastructure: 100 Culture & Environment: 94.4
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Overall Livability Rating: 96.1

Stability: 90
Health Care: 100
Education: 100
Infrastructure: 100
Culture & Environment: 94.4

6. Helsinki, Finland

Overall Livability Rating: 96.2 Stability: 100 Health Care: 100 Education: 91.7 Infrastructure: 96.4 Culture & Environment: 91
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Overall Livability Rating: 96.2

Stability: 100
Health Care: 100
Education: 91.7
Infrastructure: 96.4
Culture & Environment: 91

5. Calgary, Canada

Overall Livability Rating: 96.6 Stability: 100 Health Care: 100 Education: 100 Infrastructure: 96.4 Culture & Environment: 89.1
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Overall Livability Rating: 96.6

Stability: 100
Health Care: 100
Education: 100
Infrastructure: 96.4
Culture & Environment: 89.1

4. Toronto, Canada

Overall Livability Rating: 97.2 Stability: 100 Health Care: 100 Education: 100 Infrastructure: 89.3 Culture & Environment: 97.2
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Overall Livability Rating: 97.2

Stability: 100
Health Care: 100
Education: 100
Infrastructure: 89.3
Culture & Environment: 97.2

3. Melbourne, Australia

Overall Livability Rating: 97.5 Stability: 95 Health Care: 100 Education: 100 Infrastructure: 100 Culture & Environment: 95.1
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Overall Livability Rating: 97.5

Stability: 95
Health Care: 100
Education: 100
Infrastructure: 100
Culture & Environment: 95.1

2. Vienna, Austria

Overall Livability Rating: 97.9 Stability: 95 Health Care: 100 Education: 96.5 Infrastructure: 100 Culture & Environment: 100
Photo: Karl Thomas | Photographer's Choice | Getty Images

Overall Livability Rating: 97.9

Stability: 95
Health Care: 100
Education: 96.5
Infrastructure: 100
Culture & Environment: 100

1. Vancouver, Canada

Overall Livability Rating: 98.0 Stability: 95 Health Care: 100 Education: 100 Infrastructure: 96.4 Culture & Environment: 100
Photo: Micha Pawlitzki | Photographer's Choice | Getty Images

Overall Livability Rating: 98.0

Stability: 95
Health Care: 100
Education: 100
Infrastructure: 96.4
Culture & Environment: 100