edmonton_800_01While our Oilers may not be making the playoffs (again…sigh) and the Eskimos haven’t had a parade in more years than I’d care to remember, there’s one place where Edmonton is doing extraordinarily well – and that’s on the MoneySense “livability” list.

Of course, it’s NO surprise to me that Edmonton has solidified 8th spot on the list of Canada’s Best Places to Live – ahead of Toronto, Vancouver, Regina, Montreal and – wait for it…Calgary!

Edmonton has always been a world class city and home of the friendliest people I’ve ever come across. And while I have no doubt we’ll climb our way up the ladder and reach number one (a spot currently held by Ottawa-Gatineau), I think 8th place is a fine showing. 

So what, you may ask, qualifies a city to make this heralded MoneySense list? Here’s the rundown from the MoneySense website:

Canada’s Best Places to Live 2011 is based on data compiled from 180 Canadian cities and towns with populations over 10,000 people. Cities were rated based on home affordability, climate, prosperity, crime rates, access to health care and lifestyle, with subcategories in each area. Points were also given for the categories of transit, ammenities and culture.Scoring highly on this list is not unlike being a scratch golfer. A community need not be perfect in every category. Being above average in all categories is enough to crack the top 10. Having excellent health-care options and a low unemployment rate will certainly help a city’s chances, but these are cancelled out if it’s too dangerous to walk the streets at night and the air quality is terrible. Consistency is key.

Here’s the list of top-rated cities:

  • Ottawa-Gatineau
  • Victoria
  • Burlington
  • Kingston
  • St. Albert
  • Fredericton
  • Brandon
  • Edmonton
  • Repentigny
  • Winnipeg

So there you have it. Edmonton is obviously “above average” in all of the categories, and there’s no doubt that we’re exceptional in many of them – especially prosperity, since the economy here is booming. I’m sure next year we’ll at least crack the top 5.

Posted by Chris Proctor on


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