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Quality and Cost of Life in the US versus Canada

Submitted by on November 12, 2012 – 6:29 amNo Comment

Quebec City grocery storeIs it chea­per to live in the U.S. or Cana­da ? And which coun­try offers a bet­ter qua­li­ty of life ?

A recent Inves­to­pia post, U.S. Or Cana­da : Which Coun­try Is Best To Call Home ?, consi­de­red a varie­ty of fac­tors, inclu­ding ave­rage sala­ries, cost of food and other dai­ly life items, health care, post-secon­da­ry edu­ca­tion, and paren­tal leave. 

While the ana­ly­sis was per­haps over­sim­pli­fied, the conclu­sions were :

Ave­rage sala­ries are simi­lar in the two countries.

Gene­ral cost of living is somew­hat higher in Cana­da. Food costs, in par­ti­cu­lar, are higher in Canada.

Cost of post-secon­da­ry edu­ca­tion is much lower in Cana­da.

Cost of health care is much higher in the U.S., and health insu­rance is not uni­ver­sal­ly available.

Cana­da has much more gene­rous social ser­vices, inclu­ding its paren­tal leave policy.

The sum­ma­ry ? In the long run, fami­lies will fare bet­ter in Cana­da, because of the lower health and edu­ca­tion costs and more libe­ral social policies.

What do you think ? Are there other impor­tant fac­tors to consi­der in asses­sing cost and qua­li­ty of life ? 

If you’ve moved bet­ween the U.S. and Cana­da, please leave a com­ment and share your experience.

Que­bec City gro­ce­ry pho­to by LWY (fli­ckr)

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