Fri, 24 Aug 2012 10:45:39 GMT | By Jason Buckland, MSN Money
World’s most livable cities

Canada places well on the Economist Intelligence Unit's list of the best cities to live in.



Canada places well on the Economist Intelligence Unit's list of the best cities to live in. (© iStock; Andrew Watson/Photolibrary/Getty Images; Scott E Barbour/The Image Bank/Getty Images)
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  • Canada places well on the Economist Intelligence Unit's list of the best cities to live in. (© iStock; Andrew Watson/Photolibrary/Getty Images; Scott E Barbour/The Image Bank/Getty Images)
  • Auckland is the only New Zealand city to make the top 10 list of most livable cities. (© Scott E Barbour/The Image Bank/Getty Images)
  • Perth, Australia, is one of four cities on the EIU's top 10 list of the most livable cities. (© ndrew Watson/Photolibrary/Getty Images)
  • Helsinki gets a perfect score in stability and healthcare according to the EIU's livability index. (© Miemo Penttinen - miemo.net/Flickr/Getty Images)
  • Sydney, Australia received a perfect score from the EIU for its healthcare and education. (© iStock)
  • Adelaide, Australia, is one of four Australian cities on the top 10 EIU list of the most livable cities. (© iStock)
  • Calgary, Alta., scored 100s in stability, healthcare and education in the EIU's livability study. (© Peter Mah)
  • Toronto scores well on most criteria in EIU's livability study, but falls short in the infrastructure category. (© Sang Nguyen)
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When measuring the immeasurable, like the appeal of the world's cities, we often resort to the simple metric of livability. Upon returning from travel, we tend to say things like, "It's a fun city, but I don't think I could live there," or, conversely, "I could totally see myself living there."

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has released a report that looks at what makes a city livable. What are the ten most livable cities on earth, and what three Canadian locales make the list? Click through to find out.

* Livability, as measured by the EIU's report, is a measure of the healthcare, stability, culture, environment, education and infrastructure of each city. Overall rating scores are out of 100.

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