Vancouver fails to crack top 100 on list of Canada's best places to live

Aug 9 2019, 12:52 pm

A new ranking looking at 415 communities across Canada has Vancouver placed outside the top 100.

According to Maclean’s Best Communities in Canada, Vancouver is the 112th best community to live in across the nation. Its top three features were listed as its amenities, commutability, and culture.

Not only was Vancouver placed outside the top 100 but more than two dozen other cities in British Columbia were scored much higher.

“The city of Vancouver itself did barely better than the median in BC, ranked at 26th out of 60 cities in the province and 112th when compared to the rest of the country,” reads Maclean’s.

As far as other cities in Metro Vancouver go, Surrey placed 140th, Richmond placed 173rd, and Burnaby placed 175th,

The highest-ranking city in BC is Salmon Arm at 6th overall.

In order to create 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.

If you’re wondering which city placed first in the ranking, it was Burlington, Ontario.

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.”

Grimsby, a town on Lake Ontario between Hamilton and St. Catharines, took second place and the city of Ottawa came in at third.

As for other major Canadian cities, Toronto ranked 19th on the list, with Calgary close behind at 33rd. Montréal, however, barely scratched the top 300 and was listed at 296th.

The following BC cities were listed within the top 100 of Maclean’s list:

  • Salmon Arm (6)
  • West Kelowna (12)
  • Oak Bay (15)
  • Nelson (18)
  • Colwood (25)
  • North Saanich (26)
  • Central Saanich (29)
  • Squamish (30)
  • Saanich (32)
  • Terrace (35)
  • Langford (38)
  • Kelowna (39)
  • West Vancouver (42)
  • Prince Rupert (46)
  • Summerland (49)
  • Sidney (50)
  • Cranbrook (52)
  • Kamloops (57)
  • Delta (59)
  • Vernon (62)
  • Coldstream (63)
  • Lake Country (72)
  • North Vancouver (75)
  • Whistler (76)