Most Calgarians know that the city has a lot going for it, and now the rest of the world is catching up too. On a recent list ranking the world's most livable cities, Calgary came in third place, and it was the highest ranked city in Canada.
The "Global Liveability Index 2022" from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) ranked cities around the world based on a number of factors including stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.
Calgary was the highest-ranked city in Canada on the list, tied with Zurich in third place behind Vienna, which took the No. 1 spot, and Copenhagen at No. 2.
Not only did Calgary rank highly on the list, but it received the highest possible score in some of the areas that the study considered, like health care, education and infrastructure.
The city also made a considerable jump from last year's list, where it placed 18th.
Other Canadian cities on the list include Vancouver, which came in fifth, and Toronto in eighth place.
According to the EIU, the top 10 cities are among those with few COVID-19 restrictions in place at shops, restaurants, museums and schools reopened.
Hospitalizations due to the pandemic have also declined, "leading to less stress on health care resources and services," and masks aren't required in most situations.
"As a result, cities that were towards the top of our rankings before the pandemic have rebounded on the back of their stability, good infrastructure and services, as well as enjoyable leisure activities," the index said.