Vancouver

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Quality of life in Vancouver

Vancouver is a city with high-rise buildings, picturesque mountains and easily distinguishable ethnic neighborhoods. The city ranks high in cleanliness and quality of living, but is also one of the most expensive cities in Canada. Besides forestry, Vancouver is becoming an influencer in industries like software, film and biotechnology. For those interested in being in the open air, there are plenty of opportunities from boating to mountain skiing.

Vancouver is one of the top ten city matches for 19.2% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

5
212/263
Details
Large apartment$1854.93
Medium apartment$1465.41
Rent index [score]0.50
Small apartment$1075.88

Cost of Living

5
149/261
Details
5km taxi ride$8.90
A Cappuccino$3.00
A beer$2.90
A kilogram of Apples$3.10
Bread$0.97
Inflation [score]0.51
Lunch$12.00
Monthly fitness club membership$42.00
Monthly public transport$69.00
Movie ticket$9.60
Price of a meal at a restaurant$66.36

Startups

9
19/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups53
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.82
Coworking spaces [score]0.71
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co52
Meetups [score]0.82
Meetups groups199
Meetups members139733
Number of investors350
Number of startup events in the last 12 months1218
Number of upcoming meetup events98
Startup climate scene [score]0.78
Startup events80
Startup events111
Startup events [score]0.73
Startups [score]0.91
Total number of startups806

Venture Capital

6
45/227
Details
Funding accelerator namesGrowLab, BootupLabs
Number of funding accelerators2
Venture capital [score]0.64

Travel Connectivity

3
138/260
Details
Airport hub86
Airport hub [score]0.41
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.14

Commute

5
181/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Canada/Vancouver
Traffic handling [score]0.51

Business Freedom

9
47/259
Details
Business freedom81.80
Business freedom [score]0.80
Freedom from corruption81.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.89
Lack of labor restrictions72.60
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.67
Time to open a business1.50
Time to open a business [score]1.00

Safety

8
105/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.68
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year2
Guns per 100 residents31
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.95
Lack of guns [score]0.86
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.90

Healthcare

8
76/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.67
Healthcare quality [score]0.76
Life expectancy (years)82.17
Life expectancy [score]0.93

Education

7
25/230
Details
Best university in rankingUniversity of British Columbia
Best university ranking36
Country mean scores in PISA math test515.43
Country mean scores in PISA reading test523.12
Country mean scores in PISA science test525.44
PISA math ranking (high school)9
PISA ranking8
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.93
PISA reading (high school)7
PISA science (high school)10
Percent of happy students0.79
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.14
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.11
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.10
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.16
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.13
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.11
University quality [score]0.40

Environmental Quality

8
55/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.83
Cleanliness [score]0.81
Drinking water quality [score]0.75
Urban greenery [score]0.83

Economy

6
91/258
Details
Currency for urban areaCAD
GDP growth rate0.03
GDP growth rate [score]0.45
GDP per capita$44843.44
GDP per capita [score]0.71

Taxation

7
20/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.96
Income tax level [score]0.51
Profit tax (% of profit)0.21
Time overhead to file company taxes131
VAT (Sales Tax)0.05

Internet Access

5
143/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)26.95
Internet access (download) [score]0.55
Internet access (upload) [score]0.45
Upload speed (Mbps)9.98

Leisure & Culture

6
131/263
Details
Art galleries187
Art galleries [score]0.78
Cinemas94
Cinemas [score]0.67
Comedy clubs53
Comedy clubs [score]0.80
Concert venues158
Concerts [score]0.78
Historical sites115
Historical sites [score]0.59
Museums101
Museums [score]0.57
Performing art venues238
Performing arts [score]0.71
Sport venues79
Sports [score]0.80
Zoos16
Zoos [score]0.71

Tolerance

6
160/264
Details
Homosexuality acceptance (percent of the surveyed population in favor)0.80
LGBT Equality Index82.02
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.84
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✖ Unequal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (5-year deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsVaries by Region
LGBT discrimination legalityIllegal in some contexts
LGBT employment discrimination legalitySexual orientation only
LGBT gender changing rightsVaries by Region
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legalityVaries by Region
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.34

Outdoors

8
6/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.65
Median peak in meters1890.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)51.00
Water access [score]0.92
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Vancouver are in the 149th place of all 261 Teleport cities. Average living expenses are significantly higher compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$1,507$2,202
$1855
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$42
Movie ticket$10
Broadband internet connection$48
Monthly public transport$69
Lunch$12
-26%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Vancouver are above average. For this job type, Vancouver ranks 81st for salaries among 264 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in Vancouver.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$56,780
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

30.80
Guns per 100 people
1.97
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Vancouver in position 103 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Embassies

Consulate General of Afghanistan in Vancouver, Canada

224-8678 Greenall Avenue, BURNABY BC V5J 3M6, Burnaby British Columbia V5J 3M6, Canada

Phone: 604-568-7414

Embassy of Canada in Kabul, Afghanistan

Street No. 15,, House No. 256, Wazir Akbar Khan

Phone: (011 93 (0) 799) 742-800

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      Climate

      Average number of days per year without rain

      199.9

      Climate type

      Marine West Coast

      Average daily maximum temperature

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      Impressions from Vancouver

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      On living in Vancouver

      Vancouver occupies a pretty enviable spot in the world. Blessed with miles of coastline, lush vegetation and crowned by the North Shore Mountains, it's hard to be there and not stop at some point and be amazed by what you see.

      But scratch beneath that setting and you find a cosmopolitan city of many faces. It's a bit of old and a lot of new, a stopping place for immigrants that have infused the city's neighbourhoods, festivals and food. On one hand, it's the third largest metropolitan area in Canada, the second biggest destination for visitors to the country and the economic hub of British Columbia. A modern city of glass towers with a variety of festivals, cultures and attractions, it has also been host to world events like the 1986 World Exposition and the 2010 Winter Olympics. To others, it's Vansterdam, the laid-back socially progressive city with the laissez-faire attitude to marijuana. With its Asian heritage and relative proximity to China and Japan, some see it as the gateway to Asia. And with all that nature minutes from your door, Vancouver is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. It's one of those rare places you could ski in the mountains, hit the beach and play a round of golf all in the same day.

      All of this makes it easy to be a local. Walk the Seawall. Spend a day in one of the parks. Indulge in food and treats from around the world at a neighbourhood restaurant. Or just grab a spot at the beach or on a patio and watch it all go by -- Vancouver is, after all, one of the most beautiful spots in the world.

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