Of top cities in the world, Pittsburgh is best US city at 29th, Vancouver the best

We didn’t realize that the US was such a terrible place to live until the Sydney Morning Herald reported it this morning. According to the Economist’s 2009 liveability survey, Pittsburgh is the most liveable city in the United States of America, ranked 29th in the world.

At the top of the list? Vancouver, Vienna, Melbourne,Toronto and Perth, giving Canada and Australia two of the top five cities in the world each. Dakar (Senegal,) Abidjan (Ivory Coast) and Kathmandu (Nepal) were at the bottom of the 131 polled cities.

“Liveability” was ranked using a number of factors including stability, health care, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure.

You can read the full report over at the Economist, although to read the entirety of the data you’ll need to pay the modest $250 fee.

[via the Sydney Morning Herald]