Why Do Australia and Canada Have the Most Livable Cities?

The Economist Intelligence Units list of the 10 most livable cities is dominated by Australian and Canadian cities. What's their secret?

Last week, the Economist Intelligence Unit released the list of the world's 10 most livable cities in its Global Livability Report. A city's rating "quantifies the challenges that might be presented to an individual's lifestyle" and is based on scores for more than 30 factors within five broad categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure. Scores for each of the factors are compiled and boiled down to one score between 1 (untolerable) and 100 (ideal). The list, led for the fifth year by 2010 Winter Olympics host Vancouver, is dominated by Canadian and Australian cities. Click through for the winners. (You can also contrast the 10 most livable with the 10 least livable cities here.)

1. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Rahm's Not a Resident, Says Illinois Appellate Court

Turns out, moving to Washington D.C. for over a year doesn't a Chicago resident make.

An Illinois appellate court ruled Monday that Chicago mayoral candidate and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel does not meet state municipal residency requirements for mayor. Emanuel, who served the Obama administration in Washington, D.C., from early 2009 until October (when Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley announced he would not run for yet another re-election) was ruled against for not having "resided in" Chicago during the year preceding the upcoming election February 22.

This decision overturns the Chicago Board of Elections' unanimous decision in December approving his candidacy. The Board of Elections quickly placed an order today for 2 million Emanuel-free ballots. Emanuel's campaign has requested a stay on the appellate court's ruling with the Illinois Supreme court and has further requested that his name remain on ballot. Should Emanuel, who was congressional representative for Chicago's northside for six years, be penalized for his time at the White House? Jury's still out, but for now, opponents of Emanuel (and his plan for Chicago's public education) are looking at a much friendlier ballot for the start of early voting, January 31.

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