RE: [carfree_cities] Re: REQ: Quality of Life Survey
- Funny, I just came across this from our local paper. Helps to explain the
methodology a bit...:
City survey snubs capital
February 27, 2001
By RILEY DENVER, Ottawa Sun
Ottawa was not among the 215 cities surveyed in the annual William M. Mercer
international quality-of-life survey, released yesterday.
In fact, Ottawa has never been included in the survey.
"It's driven by the demands of our clients," said Alexa McCallum of William
M. Mercer, "and there haven't been enough companies wanting to place
employees in Ottawa that have wanted an assessment of the city."
Vancouver and Zurich tied for first place. It's Vancouver's second
consecutive year topping the survey.
The point of the survey is to help major companies and governments determine
allowances for employees stationed worldwide.
Ottawa's exclusion can be seen as a good sign, because a high quality of
life is assumed by the Canadian capital by the international companies and
governments commissioning the survey.
Toronto and Montreal were included and finished tied for 19th. Calgary
finished in a tie for 27th.
According to the report, the Canadian cities ranked so high due to a
combination of social stability, excellent infrastructure, and good leisure
"The fact that four Canadian cities are ranked in the top 12% among cities
around the world underlines Canada's strong competitive position on the
global stage," McCallum said.
The survey took into account 39 quality-of-living criteria from 10
categories like political stability, schools and education and natural
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mike Lacey [mailto:firefly956@...]
> Sent: Monday, February 26, 2001 6:16 PM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: [carfree_cities] Re: REQ: Quality of Life Survey
> Here it is:
> Edinburgh and Manchester were not studied.
> Proud to say SF is still the top mainland US city (though it has
> dropped half a point since last year)
> Caveat: I have to doubt the credentials of any study which has
> Barcelona at 97 (New York is 100).
> --- In carfree_cities@y..., philip@a... wrote:
> > Consultants William M Mercer have "surveyed" 215 cities around the
> > to rank in order of "Quality of Life". One indicator was traffic
> > congestion/transport problems. Has anyone seen the full "results"?
> > surprisingly, the UK media have concentrated on London, but
> Birmingham and
> > Glasgow are mentioned - all three appearing in the top 25%. I was
> > wondering if any other UK cities were included in the survey.
> > Manchester and Edinburgh were included! Indeed, I would have
> thought that
> > Edinburgh would be quite high in the table - even if Manchester
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