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Montreal Ranked #2 Best City In The World To Live

The Economist gives the city some cred.

2015 may be over, but the world-spanning rankings which analyze cities on a variety of scales and name the "best" among them haven't stopped.

Case in point: The Economist's "Safe Cities Index 2015," which has ranked some of the largest metropolises in the world for safety, and a variety of other categories.

Yes, we've seen a lot of these lists lately, but bear through this last one, because it gives some serious cred to the city of Montreal.

Get ready for a wave of city pride, because within The Economist's Safe Cities Index, Montreal was ranked the second best city to live in on Earth.

A wide variety of factors (or "index of indexes," to use The Economist's lingo) were taken into account for the "best place to live" rankings, including the cost of living, business environment, democracy, and safety, among many others.

And when the analysis-dust settled, Montreal was found to be the #2 best place to live in the entire world.

Who took the top spot? None other than Montreal's (sort of) rival, Toronto. That pride you were feeling two seconds ago can now turn into jealous frustration, go ahead.

Toronto actually outperformed Montreal in a few other categories in the Safe Cities Index, justifying its top spot ranking as The Economist's best place to live in the world.

While Montreal was ranked the fourth safest city in North America, Toronto was once again awarded first place. On a worldwide level, Toronto got 8th in safety while Montreal received the 14th spot. Ontario's capital also beat out Montreal in the Digital Security and Personal Safety categories.

Funny enough, Montreal actually beat out TO when it came to Infrastructure Safety, ranked #6 best in the world. Kind of ironic for a city where crumbling overpasses and truck-swallowing potholes are a real thing to be worried about.

Okay, enough perpetuating of the Montreal-Toronto rivalry (which is seriously one-sided, might I add, in that only we think it's an actual competition) and check out how Montreal performed in the other indexes included in the report, and read the full text here.

  • Digital Security: 11th in the world.
  • Health Security: 20th in the world.
  • Infrastructure Safety: 6th in the world.
  • Personal Safety: 29th in the world.

Not bad if we do say so ourselves.

Now go ahead and hold your head up high today as you walk through the streets of the city said to be the second best place to live in the entire planet. Of course, all the pride will be tinged with hatred for Toronto, but hey, what else is new.

Michael D'Alimonte

Writer

MTL Blog writer Michael D'Alimonte completed his undergraduate degree at McGill University, where he read a lot of books and studied religions. After a brief attempt at vigilantism, Michael decided to enter the world of writing. A self-proclaimed nerd (and genius), Michael loves all things Whedon and Batman-related. Contrary to popular belief, he is impartial to long walks on the beach. On a side note, he once saw a bear in a forest. The bear was never seen again.