America might like to fancy itself as the best country in the world, but reality tells a very different story.
According to Mercer’s annual global quality of living survey, Canada is far and away the better country to be a part of.
“Quality of Living remains high in North America, where Canadian cities dominate the top of the list,” the company reports.
Vancouver received the highest ranking in North America and came in at fifth place in the entire world. Not far behind were Toronto (15), Ottawa (17) and Montreal (23), which all received respectable scores as well. As for the U.S.? The highest-ranked city in the country was San Francisco, coming in all the way at 28th place.
How’s the view from down there, guys?
Unfortunately, as you dig through the report, things only get worse for the U.S. (and better for Canada).
“Canadian cities all rank high for personal safety, with Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver sharing 16th place, whereas no US cities make the top 50,” Mercer reports.
Mercer’s ranking is based on things like political stability, safety, education and the environment. And while the company isn’t forthcoming about how exactly it came to place Vancouver as No. 5, we do know the city consistently ranks high among environmental assessments, and is known for its pragmatic approach to things like intravenous drug use. Plus, it’s located in Canada, a country known for its rock-bottom political corruption rates.
Or, you know, you could just look at the view:
Vancouver also beat out other major cities like Berlin, Milan, Amsterdam, Melbourne, Stockholm and London.
Way to do Canada proud, guys!