Are you thinking of moving to Calgary? If so, here are some interesting facts about this awesome city you may definitely be interested in before you come.
If you are coming to Calgary and are planning on purchasing a property, it’s best if you contact a Calgary’s relocation REALTOR® for a city tour and detailed introduction to properties that will help you achieve your ideal lifestyle in this wonderful city.
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So, here we go… with 15 reasons and counting on why you should move to Calgary sooner than later!
MoneySense Magazine has found Calgary to be the top place to live and raise a family in Canada for 2013. Factors considered include income levels, infrastructure, health care, education, and more.
#1 Eco City 2011
Calgary has been ranked as the worlds #1 eco-city by the Mercer Quality of Life Survey for 2011 out of 320 cities surveyed! This survey takes into consideration things such as water drink-ability and accessibility, sewage system quality, garbage extraction and the amount of pollution and traffic. Less pollution and efficient water and sewage systems means a healthier atmosphere while living in the big city.
#17 Safest City 2011
The same Mercer Quality of Life survey ranked Calgary #17 in the world for personal safety and #33 for best city in the world for 2011. People aren’t concerned while walking down the street at night for the most part because the city is one of Canada’s safest major cities!
The downtown plus 15 system is the largest inside connective walkway system of its kind in the world making life warm if working downtown during the cold seasons which also provides convenient access to inside shopping centres and adjacent high rises year round.
Calgary has the highest amount of head offices in Canada per capita and additionally over 40% of the worlds oil and gas companies call Calgary home. This means more job opportunities for persons looking for work or who are already established but are looking to relocate.
Calgary is a home to one of Canadas largest airports and is a major logistics and distribution centre that connects western and eastern Canada.
The latest upgrade to the YYC airport will allow larger international jets to land in Calgary meaning more direct flights from more world cities.
The New York Times has named Calgary as one of the top 20 places to visit in 2014. There must be a reason, right? Learn more at Calgary named top place to visit in 2014 today.
Young and Educated
YYC leads Canada with the youngest, most educated personnel in the country. About 60 percent of Calgarians have attended post-secondary institutions for education. If you are young and are looking for opportunity this city is the place to be.
Calgary is a youthful city full of excitement and scores of wonderful people where the average age is 35.7 years. Youthful populace brings energy and dedication to the workplace and family living and values to the city.
Alberta has led North America in the jobs market since 2000. The completion of the Trans-Canada Pipeline in the late 1950’s helped to advance Calgary forward and become the world-wide energy bastion it is today.
Also, Alberta is home to 95% of Canada’s oil reserves which rank 3rd in the world for total reserves and 1st in the world for democratic, invest able oil reserves. The energy industry stimulates Calgary’s economy and keeps things relatively out of trouble during economic downturns throughout the world.
1912 was the first Calgary Stampede and Exhibition. To date, the event has become one of the most unique and flavourful rodeos in the world, seeing approximately 1 million plus visitors each year.
The Stampede is the greatest outdoor show on Earth for a very good reason and every year Calgarians get to enjoy its fun and festivities just minutes from home.
A Lasting Olympic Legacy
The Olympic Winter Games in 1988 left a lasting legacy on the City of Calgary. Since the event, Calgary’s population has increased nearly 50% from 600,000 to 1.2 million and the world-class facilities used have been up kept and are in use by the public and Canada’s top athletes till this day.
#5th Best City to Live from 2010 – 2013
Calgary has been named the 5th best city to live in the world for 4 consecutive years in a row by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Livability Survey. This is an impressive accomplishment!
Numbeo has said that the quality of life in Calgary is the 7th highest out of all world cities surveyed. Another impressive feat that reflects upon life in Calgary to say the least!
Find out more at Calgary #7th Highest Quality of Life by Numbeo 2013 today.
Festivals Year Round
Calgary’s Folk Music Festival is hosted by Prince’s Island Park downtown and has recently been named one of the 7 musical wonders of the planet by the Globe and Mail. There are many events around town that are renowned internationally, bringing leisure and fun for the whole family.
National Music Centre
While we are on a cultural note, the new National Music Centre to be built in East Village will put Calgary on the musical map of Canada and North America.
The facility will not only provide residences for developing artists, but will expose our home grown talent to the international music community and will be a beginning for many successful musicians.
Calgary’s Mayor Naheed Nenshi is the first Muslim Mayor ever on the continent. This speaks to the level of acceptance that Calgarians typically have for different cultures and religions other than their own. Calgary is a multi-cultural and diverse city that welcomes and supports everyone!
What does a growing skyline have to do with anything? Well, it is symbolic of the opportunity in Calgary and with several new skyscrapers planned or underway, there are many jobs to go around.
The Bow Tower, TELUS Sky and Brookfield Place are but a few of the new high rises changing the face of this city as we know it. As a matter of fact, The Bow Tower was named as the Top Corporate Building in the World by Emporis.
Calgary is a place where people in front of you hold the door for you, a place where people say please and thank you and almost always give you the respect you deserve.
I can honestly say that these actions, even though miniscule in the broader spectrum of life, do add up and can sometimes effect the way people feel about living in the place they do. What do you think? Let me know below!
#9 Economic Development in the World 2013
According to the University of Toronto’s Martin Prosperity Institute, Calgary is the 9th top performing urban area for economic development. Learn more at Calgary Among World’s Best today.
Questions about Moving to Calgary?
If you are moving to Calgary and have any questions, please contact me direct at 403-370-4180 or message me below. I would love to help you accomplish your relocation in a efficient and stress free manner while finding the perfect place in your new city for you to call home.