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Toronto and Montreal are the the world’s two best cities to live in, according to a study by The Economist Intelligence Unit.

MARK BLINCH/The Globe and Mail

Toronto is the world's best city to live in, according to a study of major metropolises by The Economist Intelligence Unit.

And Montreal is the second-best, with Stockholm, Amsterdam and San Francisco rounding out the top five.

The two Canadian cities topped the overall scoring in the 2015 Safe Cities Index published this week by the EIU, a unit of The Economist magazine. It is based on a ranking of 50 major cities by a new study of safety along with past rankings based on liveability and cost of living. Cities were further sorted according to past country rankings based on business environment, degree of democracy and food security.

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Vancouver, which often scores highly in global rankings of this kind, was not included in the survey; nor was any other Canadian city.

THE GLOBAL TOP 10

  • Toronto
  • Montreal
  • Stockholm
  • Amsterdam
  • San Francisco
  • Melbourne
  • Zurich
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Sydney
  • Chicago

THE 10 SAFEST CITIES

  • Tokyo
  • Singapore
  • Osaka
  • Stockholm
  • Amsterdam
  • Sydney
  • Zurich
  • Toronto
  • Melbourne
  • New York
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