Montreal is one of the 5 most liveable cities in North America, according to The Economist

Montreal is better than the United States, but worse than the rest of Canada, according to an analysis conducted by The Economist’s subsidiary, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). Its Global Liveability Index, released in June, ranks cities based on a host of factors, including purportedly quantitative measures of education, environment, healthcare, infrastructure and culture.

This year, the result of those inscrutable calculations is a top ranking for Western Europe, the region with the highest average livability score, according to The Economist. North America as a region comes in second, with Canadian cities topping the list. Try to guess which one is better before reading on.

Did you guess Toronto or Vancouver? No, they are second and third respectively. The highest ranked and most livable city in North America is Calgary. Calgarians rejoice, the rest of us can squint quietly at this list and keep our thoughts to ourselves.

Montreal ranked a very respectable fourth in North America, ahead of all American cities – the only other country included in the North American ranking.

The study did not include Mexico in its analysis, but it does include occupied Hawaii, whose capital Honolulu ranks seventh, even as overtourism threatens the islands’ infrastructure and natural environment.

Apparently the most livable American city is Atlanta, which has completely crushed New York. NYC ranks 21st on the North American list due to low ratings on infrastructure and stability, according to The Economist.

The Economist notes that “when it comes to livability, it seems the further north you go the better”, without necessarily explaining why this might be the case. But if you’re a new Montrealer looking for research to back up your move, The Economist can confirm you’ve come to the right place.

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