Vancouver is the world's friendliest city: poll

View of English Bay shoreline. Vancouver. British Columbia. Canada. (Photo by: Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Vancouver, B.C. is familiar with landing on lists lauding its various attractions. It’s been named the best city for students in the world, one of the best bike cities in the world and has held the title of one of the overall best cities to live in the world. This week it acquired another impressive label, after it was named number one on a list of the friendliest cities in the world, according to travel site Big 7 Travel.

According the the website, Canada’s largest west coast city took the top spot out of a list of 50 for its “extraordinarily friendly residents” and “multicultural community who band together to make visitors feel welcome and safe at all times.” It also credits locals who are quick to help tourists, along with a community vibe that makes it easy to have fun in Vancouver.

The ranking was determined through a survey of the site’s social media audience, asking them where you would find the friendliest city in the world.

The reaction on social media to Vancouver’s ranking were largely skeptical.

Out of a list of 50, the top 10 friendliest cities, according to Big 7 Travel were:

  1. Vancouver, Canada

  2. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  3. Bruges, Belgium

  4. Taipei, Taiwan

  5. Hamburg, Germany

  6. Dublin, Ireland

  7. Christchurch, New Zealand

  8. Nashville, Tenn., USA

  9. São Paulo, Brazil

  10. Glasgow, Scotland