Calgary Ranks as the Best City to Live in Canada in 2013
Calgary has made its way to the top once again! MoneySense Magazine recently released a report naming Calgary the best city to live in Canada for 2013, bumping 2012’s title holder Ottawa down to number two.
The Economist Magazine also named Calgary the 5th Best Place to Live In the World for three consecutive years (2010 – 2012). While the Economist and MoneySense Magazines set Calgary at the top of their surveys, it only reaffirms for most Calgarians what they knew all along, that Calgary is a great place to live, work and play.
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200 cities in Canada were evaluated by the report. MoneySense Magazine took into account 33 different factors including things such as employment opportunity, housing prices, amenities, weather, health care, crime rates, commute times and household income to name a few.
Calgary’s jump from 14th in 2012 up to 1st in 2013 can be credited to high salaries and the creation of jobs stimulated by the well performing energy industry.
Calgary’s low unemployment rate, at just over 4 percent, was down from 5.5 percent the year before and remains well under Canada’s average of 7 percent.
Apart from a low unemployment rate, Calgary has one of the highest average household incomes at $125,733, giving its residents more spending power than in some other Canadian cities.
Let’s not forget about Calgary’s amazing weather. The city holds the nations title as the Sunniest Major City in Canada, with an average of 2405 hours of sunshine in 333 days over a 30 year study done by Environment Canada. Alberta has the Best Weather in Canada!
While hard data provided by Statistics Canada, Evironics Analytics and others for MoneySense Magazines report might not portray the exact experience of a city, it does give a general idea of what things would be like if you were to live there.
For myself, there’s no other place I would rather live and work than in Calgary, Alberta. Go Calgary Go! Before you go, check out more of Calgary’s Awards and Rankings in the national and international communities!