A new ranking looking at 415 communities across Canada has placed Burlington on top.
According to Maclean’s Best Communities in Canada, Burlington is home to a lot of manufacturing employers, as well, the city “offers access to the natural environment, something that can be hard to come by without spending hours in the car in other parts of the GTA.”
Maclean’s added that the city is part of the Halton region, which has some of the lowest crime in the country.
“It’s got great weather—at least when you compare it to the rest of Canada—with relatively warm and dry winters and summers. And residents enjoy great access to health care and the amenities of the big city, including entertainment options,” read the ranking.
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In order to come up with its ranking, Maclean’s gathered data on the 415 communities across the country and compared them in the following categories: Wealth and economy, affordability, population growth, taxes, commute, crime, weather, access to health care, amenities, and culture.
Grimsby, a town on Lake Ontario between Hamilton and St. Catharines, took second place thanks to “great weather, an engaged community, and a fast-growing population. Residents of Grimsby enjoy access to the region’s strong economy and quick driving times to the border as well as the benefits of life in a smaller town on the waterfront.”
The city of Ottawa came in at third due to “its stable, government-fuelled economy and affordable cost of living.”
It was followed by Oakville, and in fifth is a town in Simcoe County, New Tecumseth.
If you’re wondering where Toronto ranked, the major city placed 19th overall in the list, which Maclean’s says is “actually quite a good place to live — if you can stand it and afford it.”
“It’s the no. 1 municipality in the country for access to health care and amenities, but it clocked in just a few spots from the bottom in affordability,” said Maclean’s.
Check out the top 30 communities in their 2019 ranking below.