It’s a proud day for Canadians – US News and World Report Rankings has officially voted Canada as #1 for best quality of life.
The ranking system rates all countries worldwide according to broad essentials as well as intangible benefits such as freedom and security.
Quality of Life is based on attributes that relate to one’s comfort while residing in a country: affordability, a good job market, economic stability, family friendliness, income equality, political stability, safety, environmental quality, a well-developed public education system and a well-developed public health system. The Quality of Life score had a 17 percent weight in the overall Best Countries ranking.
Canada ranked #1 for quality of life and #3 overall, following Switzerland and Japan.
The US News website writes: “(Canada) is sparsely populated, with most of its 35.5 million residents living within 125 miles of the U.S. border. Canada’s expansive wilderness to the north plays a large role in Canadian identity, as does the country’s reputation of welcoming immigrants.”
This is the second consecutive year that Canada has won the best quality of life title.
In case you were curious, here are Canada’s rankings in other categories:
- Quality of Life: #1
- Citizenship: #2
- Entrepreneurship: #6
- Open For Business: #7
- Cultural Influence: #12
- Power: #12
- Adventure: #19
- Movers: #39
- Heritage: #42