Stat of the day: 53

London's position in a survey of the world's most liveable cities.

by Elizabeth Anderson
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
The Economist Intelligence Unit has published its annual survey ranking the best cities to live in, and there are few surprises this year. Vancouver tops the list for the fifth year running, while London comes in at a lowly 53.

According to the survey, the Capital comes so low because of the perceived threat of crime and terrorism – although it’s improved its position by one place from last year, so it’s not all bad news (although not that great, either).  

The survey has 5 areas of judging criteria: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. Apparently, cities that tended to score higher were mid-sized cities in wealthier countries with a relatively low population density. In which case, it's hardly surprising that seven of the top 10 scoring countries are in Australia and Canada. Still, if you’re thinking of somewhere a bit closer to home, Manchester comes in at a reasonably respectable 42.

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