I always have questions about any of these ratings that rate happiness or whatever, but this one in particular caught my eye because the cities listed here are known to be very expensive and the term liveable implies something quite different than the ratings are based on. For instance Vancouver, BC is high on this list. A quick perusal of home prices on Zillow is showing me that it’s going to cost well over $1 million CAD to buy a 3 bed 2 bath house in Vancouver. Meanwhile in the Po these can be had for around $250,000. With 20% down the 30 year fixed mortgage payment on a $250,000 home is $1,430. On an $800,000 mortgage that payment goes up to $5,152. Not to mention almost everything else is going to be more expensive in Vancouver than the Po.
So I ask how is that “liveable”? A family can do a heck of a lot with $3700 extra in their bank account every month. The article states cuisine availability of things like Ethiopian Injera and Tibetan Momo’s but you can get both of those things in Louisville, KY the Po’est of the Po. It mentions healthcare but any one able to live in Vancouver would have an employer in the US providing that and besides the extra $45,000 a year in the bank will more than cover any deductibles or out of pocket max.