Montrealers enjoy a sunny afternoon at La Fontaine Park.
A recent study conducted by online home rental platform Spotahome has named Montreal the healthiest city in North America! Montreal is 21st worldwide in the study, which measured factors such as gym ratings, annual sunshine hours, life expectancy, green space and others.
In the study, Vancouver ranks 31st, and San Francisco, the highest-ranked U.S. city, is 34th.
The study measured 10 factors, each with a maximum possible score of 10/10:
- Average Gym Rating
- Annual Sunshine Hours
- Life Expectancy at Birth
- Fast-Food Outlets
- Obesity in Adults
- Annual Vacation Days
- Work-Life Balance
- Air and Water Quality
- Green Space
- Electric Car Charging Points
The top 10 cities are mostly in Europe, but the towns of Adelaide and Perth, in Australia, did make it to number eight and 10, with an overall score of 6.31 and 6.30. The healthiest city? That honour went to Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, which earned an overall score of 6.97.
The World’s Healthiest Cities
What about Montreal?
Montreal shouldn’t shy away from its result, though! Even though we didn’t make it to the Top 10, there are some pretty good aspects of living here. Montreal lost points in annual sunshine hours (3.45) due to our northerly location, but life expectancy at birth (8.42) improved our score greatly. Montreal also scored well in fast-food (7.94), work/life balance (8.94), air quality (7.28) and green space (8.92).
However, we lost some serious points with obesity in adults, scoring just 1.46… Yikes!
Our overall score was 5.87, just below the “passing grade”, yet still good enough to be the healthiest city in North America, according to this study!