Pittsburgh may be the most livable city in the United States, but it apparently pales in a global comparison to Paris, Calgary and Helsinki.
The feels-like temperature in Helsinki was minus-12 as it appeared at the No. 6 slot on a roster of world’s most livable cities, compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit and circulated by Reuters news agency.
Pittsburgh was No. 29 on the global list, predictably one spot ahead of Honolulu, where the feels-like temperature is always 80. Los Angeles (No. 44) and New York City (No. 56) also appeared on the roster.
Vancouver, according to Reuters, has been the world’s No. 1 city since 1977. Canada was also represented by Calgary (No. 5) and Toronto (No. 4). The 2011 Top 10 included four Australian cities (Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide) and Auckland, New Zealand. Vienna, Austria, was No. 3, Paris was No. 16.
The least livable city was Harare, Zimbabwe, followed by Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Port Morseby, Papua New Guinea.
The Economist report said its rankings are based upon stability (wars, unrest crime, 25 percent), healthcare (20 percent), culture and environment (including climate, 25 percent), education (10 percent) and infrastructure (20 percent).
Forbes magazine listed Pittsburgh as the most livable city in the United States in May 2010. The Sporting News listed Pittsburgh as the nation’s best sports city in October 2009. Rand McNally’s Places Rated Almanac listed Pittsburgh as the nation’s most livable city in its 2007 edition.