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Best Places to Live: Canada’s Top 10 Cities (2013)

Submitted by on May 8, 2013 – 3:21 pmNo Comment

Calgary Alberta skyline, photo by JMacPherson (flickr)Every year, Moneysense rates Canada’s Best Places to Live, weigh­ing fac­tors as diverse 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.

In their 2013 report, they’ve grouped their find­ings by city size, list­ing Canada’s Top 10 Large Cities, Top 10 Mid-​​sized Cities, and Top 10 Small Cities.

This year, Calgary edged out Ottawa for the top spot among large cities, for its boom­ing job mar­ket and laid-​​back lifestyle. Though con­sis­tently rated one of the most beau­ti­ful cities in Canada, Vancouver ranked last among the large cities on the 2013 Moneysense list, because the cost of liv­ing (par­tic­u­larly hous­ing) is the nation’s highest.

Several Ontario com­mu­ni­ties — most in the “Golden Horseshoe” sur­round­ing Toronto — ranked high among the mid-​​sized cities, earn­ing good marks for well-​​paying jobs and access to cul­tural and arts activ­i­ties. Alberta dom­i­nated the list of best smaller cities; despite the harsh win­ter weather, res­i­dents in these com­mu­ni­ties enjoy afford­able hous­ing, low unem­ploy­ment, and com­par­a­tively high incomes.

Canada’s top 10 large cities for 2013 are:

  1. Calgary, AB
  2. Ottawa, ON
  3. Edmonton, AB
  4. London, ON
  5. Winnipeg, MB
  6. Halifax, NS
  7. Toronto, ON
  8. Mississauga, ON
  9. Quebec City, QC
  10. Vancouver, BC

The top 10 mid-​​sized cities in Canada are:

  1. Burlington, ON
  2. Oakville, ON
  3. Saanich, BC
  4. Lethbridge, AB
  5. Saskatoon, SK
  6. Regina, SK
  7. Kingston, ON
  8. Vaughan, ON
  9. Richmond Hill, ON
  10. Lévis, QC

Among Canada’s smaller com­mu­ni­ties, the top 10 small cities include:

  1. St. Albert, AB
  2. Strathcona County, AB
  3. Lacombe, AB
  4. Newmarket, ON
  5. Halton Hills, ON
  6. Stratford, ON
  7. Boucherville, QC
  8. North Vancouver, BC
  9. Milton, ON
  10. Canmore, AB

For more infor­ma­tion on the MoneySense sur­vey, check out the Best Places to Live 2013 list.

And if you’re plan­ning to relo­cate to Canada, get help plan­ning your move with our free refer­ral ser­vice.

Calgary sky­line photo by JMacPherson (flickr)

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