- Knocking Calgary into the No. 2 spot, St. Albert moves up to take the
coveted top spot -
- MoneySense ranks the biggest overall 201 cities, plus the top large,
medium and small cities in the country -
- Top large city: Calgary; Top mid-sized city: Burlington, Ont.; Top small city: St. Albert, Alta. -
- For full rankings, visit moneysense.ca/bestplaces or pick up latest issue of newsstands or on your iPad through Next
Issue Canada -
TORONTO, March 12, 2014 /CNW/ - For the first time, St. Albert, Alta.,
has earned the top spot on MoneySense's annual Best Places to Live in
Canada, a ranking based on hard data such as employment, housing
prices, crime, weather and household income.
After holding steady as the No. 2 overall city last year, St. Albert
moves up one spot to take the crown. So exactly how does a small city
with 64,000 people on the fringe of Edmonton beat out every other city
in Canada? Take your pick. Unemployment sits at just above four per
cent, incomes are among the highest in the country, crime rates are
steadily falling, and while its winters can be skin-splittingly cold,
it's sunny all year round.
It's easy to think residing in a modest-sized town means giving up
access to all the services and amenities, but that doesn't have to be
the case. Satellite communities around major centres are evolving to
deliver small-town flair with big-city conveniences. In many ways,
these communities aren't just great places to live: they're Canada's
The surge of the west is becoming a prominent trend in the rankings,
with nearly half of the top 20 cities residing west of Winnipeg, and
Alberta standing proud at the top. With its strong economy and
abundance of high-paying jobs, many Canadians are starting to discover
there is more to Alberta than the oil sands.
Best Places to Live in Canada also includes a list of the Best Places to
Raise Kids, Best Places for Weather, Best Places for New Immigrants and
Best Places to Retire.
Among other Canadian cities: St. John's, Nfld., jumped from No. 148 last
year overall to No. 37 this year. Cranbrook, B.C., dropped to No. 141
from No. 53.
Canada's Best Places to Live 2014—Top 10 out of 201 (2013)
St. Albert, Alta. (2)
Strathcona County, Alta. (4)
Burlington, Ont. (3)
Boucherville, Que. (18)
Oakville, Ont. (5)
Quebec City (51)
Top small cities in Canada—Top 5 out of 140
St. Albert, Alta.
Strathcona County, Alta.
Top mid-sized cities in Canada—Top 5 out of 46
Top large cities in Canada—Top 5 out of 15
For the full ranking, visit moneysense.ca/bestplaces, or pick up the latest issue on newsstands starting this week or on
your iPad through Next Issue Canada.
MoneySense's Best Places to Live in Canada is a comprehensive data-driven snapshot of Canadian cities. The
magazine looks at dozens of factors that contribute to the quality of
life in 201 communities across the country, including unemployment
rates, taxes, income and home prices. Beyond financial measures, the
magazine also considers other key factors that contribute to
community's livability, such as the weather, access to health care and
crime. In total, MoneySense's Best Places to Live ranks every Canadian
community with a population of 10,000 or more in 34 different
categories. For full methodology visit: moneysense.ca/bestplaces.
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