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Best Places to Live: Canada’s Top 10 Cities (2012)

Submitted by on July 23, 2012 – 7:15 pmOne Comment

Canada's flag flies over the Peace Tower, Parliament Hill, OttawaWhere are the best places to live in Canada?

The MoneySense 2012 Best Places to Live sur­vey rated 190 Canadian com­mu­ni­ties with at least 10,000 res­i­dents, com­par­ing 22 dif­fer­ent fac­tors such as weather, incomes and taxes, job prospects, access to health care, home afford­abil­ity, crime rates, and over­all lifestyle, includ­ing the per­cent­age of peo­ple who walk or bike to work.

For the third year in a row, Ottawa ranked as the best place in Canada to live.

Why Ottawa? MoneySense out­lined sev­eral fac­tors that put Canada’s cap­i­tal city on top:

Ottawa’s cul­tural offer­ings and family-​​friendly lifestyle were just some of the fac­tors that helped the city take the No. 1 position…

The city’s res­i­dents enjoy high house­hold and dis­cre­tionary incomes, thanks to the large num­ber of well-​​paying gov­ern­ment jobs, which insu­late it from some of the vagaries of the economy.

At the same time, the aver­age home price in Ottawa proper ($335,300) isn’t as high as in Canada’s biggest cen­tres, mean­ing fam­i­lies can com­fort­ably afford decent homes.

Here’s the com­plete MoneySense Top 10:

  1. Ottawa, ON
  2. Burlington, ON
  3. Kingston, ON
  4. Halifax, NS
  5. Regina, SK
  6. Brandon, MB
  7. Fredericton, NB
  8. Edmonton, AB
  9. Red Deer, AB
  10. Winnipeg, MB

In gen­eral, smaller cities and sub­ur­ban com­mu­ni­ties con­tinue to score higher than Canada’s larger cities, with Calgary ranked #14, Victoria (BC) at #35, Toronto at #47 and Montreal at #149. Vancouver, a peren­ni­ally pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for new­com­ers, came in at #56, but scored dead last in hous­ing affordability.

For more infor­ma­tion on the MoneySense sur­vey, check out the Best Places to Live 2012 list and related arti­cles.

The Peace Tower on Parliament Hill Photo © Carolyn B. Heller

One Comment »

  • lora says:

    Fredericton as nice as it seems…should not be on any list…We did some research to what would be ben­e­fi­cial to a ‘fam­ily’, for hous­ing costs..slightly cheaper, but the city charges as a ‘tourist’ city pric­ing range. The school sys­tem is ter­ri­ble, and i quite hon­estly never met so many igno­rant people…deceiving for sure.