Calgary beats top 50 out of 100 best cities in the world: report

Cowtown ranked 49th on the list of best cities, behind other Canadian metropolises Toronto in 18th, Vancouver in 46th and Montreal in 48th.

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Calgary beat Edmonton, Lisbon, Osaka and Denver to crack the top 50 of the top 100 cities in the world, as published in a new report by Resonance Consultancy, an international tourism, real estate and economic development firm.

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Cowtown ranked 49th on the list of best cities, behind other Canadian metropolises Toronto in 18th, Vancouver in 46th and Montreal in 48th.

The organization looks at six categories when making its assessments, including location, product, people, prosperity, programming, and advertising.

In the people section, Calgary ranked 13th overall due to the city’s diversity and the percentage of residents with bachelor’s degrees or higher.

Calgary came in 31st place in prosperity because of its high GDP; ranked 23rd globally and “by far the highest in Canada,” the report said. But points were lost due to the high unemployment.

The central library is said to “enhance the city’s long-praised quality of life despite current struggles,” according to the report, adding that relatively affordable housing attracts “new talent priced from other major Canadian cities.”

London, Paris, New York, Moscow and Dubai came in the top five, while other Canadian cities, including Ottawa and Edmonton, placed 84th and 86th respectively.

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