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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.

Cal­ga­ry sky­line pho­to by JMac­Pher­son (fli­ckr)

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