Canada is one of the best countries to live in the world according to the latest quality of life study by the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development.
The “Better Life Index,” an online interactive tool that allows people to create their own index based on priorities in 11 areas that the OECD has identified as essential for well-being, compared Canada to 35 other countries.
Although it doesn’t give a highest-to-lowest ranking, based on the country’s overall numbers, Canada would be in third behind Australia and Sweden.
According to the scores, Canucks are most happy with how safe they feel, giving a score of 9.7. Health came in second with a score of 9.2.
Canadians seem to be most unhappy with their income as the category scored the lowest number on the list with a 5.8. The average net-adjusted disposable income is 28,194 USD a year, higher than the OECD average of 23,047 USD a year. There is however a considerable gap between the richest and the poorest as the top 20 per cent of Canada’s population earns over five times more than the bottom 20 per cent – remember the “occupy” movement?
Canada tied the U.S. in the housing category with a strong score of 7.7, the second highest number after Ireland with a 7.9. Interestingly enough, Ireland had the biggest real estate crash in Europe since 2007; it seems those who were actually able to keep their homes in Ireland love them!
Overall Canadians are more satisfied with their lives than the OECD average of 80 per cent, with 82 per cent of people saying they have more positive experiences in an average day than negative ones.
Canada is third in number of visits to the “Better Life Index” site with over 117,100 visits. The top cities in number of visits are Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and Vancouver.