Maritime Cities Top Annual List of Best Places to Live in Canada

Source – macleans.ca

  • “…The rest of the country is figuring out why so many are proud to live in the Maritimes. An annual ranking of Canada’s best cities to live and work remotely in, by Maclean’s Magazine, shows many Maritime places in top numbers. Halifax took the top spot on the list, followed by Fredericton at number two, Moncton at seven, Charlottetown at ten, and Saint John at 12 on list of 25 spots”

Maritime cities top annual list of best places to live in Canada

April 10, 2021

HALIFAX — The rest of the country is figuring out why so many are proud to live in the Maritimes.

An annual ranking of Canada’s best cities to live and work remotely in, by Maclean’s Magazine, shows many Maritime places in top numbers.

Halifax took the top spot on the list, followed by Fredericton at number two, Moncton at seven, Charlottetown at ten, and Saint John at 12 on list of 25 spots.

“The reasons they scored us really high were around connectivity,” said Mike O’Brien, the mayor of Fredericton. “We were the first city in Canada to have free public Wi-Fi.”

O’Brien is correct – one of the metrics Maclean’s used in their list this year was connectivity, along with housing, taxes, crime, weather and health.

“It’s also on amenities,” said O’Brien. “We take it for granted what we have here until people look at us remotely in this beautiful city.”

Fredericton’s ranking was a big jump from last year, where they stood at spot number 131 out of 415 places.

Real estate was one of the heavier metrics on the list, and Fredericton met the criteria. Real estate agents say they’re seeing people move east from elsewhere in the country – selling their pricey homes to buy cheaper and sometimes bigger ones on the east coast.

“I think it gives people a lot more opportunity,” said Jeremy Dearing, a real estate agent in Fredericton. “To come and enjoy not only a slower pace of life, but a lot of green space, slower commutes, shorter wait times in the grocery stores…small little luxuries that people don’t really get in bigger cities.”

One Haligonian had her own take on why Halifax was number one, outside of the metrics Maclean’s used:

“It’s just an amazing place,” said resident Amber Atwell. “There’s always like a 20 minute drive, and you can find a beach, lovely trails…there’s a huge community feel, with lots of amazing businesses.”

That beauty adds to the region’s appeal, one Fredericton expert says is great for business.

“Houses sell more quickly,” said Krista Ross, CEO of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce. “People move here, they bring their income here, and it impacts our local economy in many, many ways. It adds to our tax base, it adds clients and consumers to businesses in our region.”

Canada’s top 25 communities to live and work remotely in 2021

Our exclusive new ranking of the best places to live in the country takes into account that more of us are able to work and study from home

By Claire Brownell, April 8, 2021

The full list and its methodology are on the Maclean’s Magazine website

(Courtesy of the Town of Tillsonburg)

(Courtesy of the Town of Tillsonburg)

25. Tillsonburg, Ont.

Population: 17,184
Property tax as percent of average income: 2.3%
Annual days above 20C: 122
*Crime Severity Index 5-year average: 53
Doctors’ offices per 100,000 residents: 18
*Household members able work on a single internet connection: 15

See more stats about Tillsonburg, Ont., here

(Courtesy of the City of Niagara Falls)

(Courtesy of the City of Niagara Falls)

24. Niagara Falls, Ont.

Population: 93,698
Property tax as percent of average income: 2.3%
Annual days above 20C: 124
Crime Severity Index 5-year average: 59
Doctors’ offices per 100,000 residents: 102
Household members able work on a single internet connection: 12

See more stats about Niagara Falls, Ont., here

(Courtesy of the town of Sidney)

Courtesy of the town of Sidney)

23. Sidney, B.C.

Population: 12,690
Property tax as percent of average income: 1.9%
Annual days above 20C: 79
Crime Severity Index 5-year average: 43
Doctors’ offices per 100,000 residents: 17
Household members able work on a single internet connection: 10

See more stats about Sidney, B.C., here

(Courtesy of Central Saanich)

(Courtesy of Central Saanich)

22. Central Saanich, B.C.

Population: 19,237
Property tax as percent of average income: 1.6%
Annual days above 20C: 71
Crime Severity Index 5-year average: 37
Doctors’ offices per 100,000 residents: 15
Household members able work on a single internet connection: 16

See more stats about Central Saanich, B.C., here

(Courtesy of City of Medicine Hat)

(Courtesy of City of Medicine Hat)

21. Medicine Hat, Alta.

Population: 67,079
Property tax as percent of average income: 1.8%
Annual days above 20C: 120
Crime Severity Index 5-year average: 89
Doctors’ offices per 100,000 residents: 133
Household members able work on a single internet connection: 13

See more stats about Medicine Hat, Alta., here

(Courtesy of the Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc)

(Courtesy of the Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc)

20. Strathroy-Caradoc, Ont.

Population: 23,020
Property tax as percent of average income: 2.1%
Annual days above 20C: 123
Crime Severity Index 5-year average: 45
Doctors’ offices per 100,000 residents: 18
Household members able work on a single internet connection: 18

See more stats about Strathroy-Caradoc, Ont., here

(Dudek Photography)

(Dudek Photography)

19. Woodstock, Ont.

Population: 45,505
Property tax as percent of average income: 2.0%
Annual days above 20C: 122
Crime Severity Index 5-year average: 77
Doctors’ offices per 100,000 residents: 42
Household members able work on a single internet connection: 16

See more stats about Woodstock, Ont., here

(Courtesy of the City of Langford)

(Courtesy of the City of Langford)

18. Langford, B.C.

Population: 40,860
Property tax as percent of average income: 1.2%
Annual days above 20C: 57
Crime Severity Index 5-year average: 55
Doctors’ offices per 100,000 residents: 18
Household members able work on a single internet connection: 23

See more stats about Langford, B.C., here

(Courtesy of the City of Regina)

(Courtesy of the City of Regina)

17. Regina, Sask.

Population: 246,955
Property tax as percent of average income: 1.9%
Annual days above 20C: 107
Crime Severity Index 5-year average: 128
Doctors’ offices per 100,000 residents: 374
Household members able work on a single internet connection: 6

See more stats about Regina, Sask., here

(Courtesy of Courtesy of City of Windsor & TWEPI)

(Courtesy of Courtesy of City of Windsor & TWEPI)

16. Windsor, Ont.

Population: 230,007
Property tax as percent of average income: 2.3%
Annual days above 20C: 139
Crime Severity Index 5-year average: 96
Doctors’ offices per 100,000 residents: 419
Household members able work on a single internet connection: 14

See more stats about Windsor, Ont., here

(Courtesy of the City of Welland)

(Courtesy of the City of Welland)

15. Welland, Ont.

Population: 55,483
Property tax as percent of average income: 2.2%
Annual days above 20C: 126
Crime Severity Index 5-year average: 59
Doctors’ offices per 100,000 residents: 54
Household members able work on a single internet connection: 8

See more stats about Welland, Ont., here

(Courtesy of Carey Shaw Photography/Tourism Saskatoon)

(Courtesy of Carey Shaw Photography/Tourism Saskatoon)

14. Saskatoon, Sask.

Population: 283,277
Property tax as percent of average income: 2.1%
Annual days above 20C: 104
Crime Severity Index 5-year average: 131
Doctors’ offices per 100,000 residents: 532
Household members able work on a single internet connection: 13

See more stats about Saskatoon, Sask., here

(Courtesy of the City of Brampton)

(Courtesy of the City of Brampton)

13. Brampton, Ont.

Population: 700,515
Property tax as percent of average income: 2.2%
Annual days above 20C: 122
Crime Severity Index 5-year average: 45
Doctors’ offices per 100,000 residents: 373
Household members able work on a single internet connection: 14

See more stats about Brampton, Ont., here

(Laszlo Podor/Getty Images)

(Laszlo Podor/Getty Images)

12. Saint John, N.B.

Population: 71,790
Property tax as percent of average income: 1.8%
Annual days above 20C: 75
Crime Severity Index 5-year average: 80
Doctors’ offices per 100,000 residents: 131
Household members able work on a single internet connection: 15

See more stats about Saint John, N.B., here

(Courtesy of the City of Toronto)

(Courtesy of the City of Toronto)

11. Toronto, Ont.

Population: 3,042,042
Property tax as percent of average income: 1.7%
Annual days above 20C: 117
Crime Severity Index 5-year average: 63
Doctors’ offices per 100,000 residents: 3,237
Household members able work on a single internet connection: 9

See more stats about Toronto, Ont., here

(Courtesy of the City of Brooks)

(Courtesy of the City of Brooks)

9. Brooks, Alta.

Population: 16,390
Property tax as percent of average income: 1.6%
Annual days above 20C: 115
Crime Severity Index 5-year average: 81
Doctors’ offices per 100,000 residents: 21
Household members able work on a single internet connection: 4

See more stats about Brooks, Alta., here

(Courtesy of the City of Cornwall)

(Courtesy of the City of Cornwall)

8. Cornwall, Ont.

Population: 47,693
Property tax as percent of average income: 2.1%
Annual days above 20C: 120
Crime Severity Index 5-year average: 92
Doctors’ offices per 100,000 residents: 80
Household members able work on a single internet connection: 17

See more stats about Cornwall, Ont., here

(Courtesy of the City of Moncton)

(Courtesy of the City of Moncton)

7. Moncton, N.B.

Population: 78,900
Property tax as percent of average income: 1.7%
Annual days above 20C: 99
Crime Severity Index 5-year average: 101
Doctors’ offices per 100,000 residents: 197
Household members able work on a single internet connection: 16

See more stats about Moncton, N.B., here

(Courtesy of the City of Winnipeg)

(Courtesy of the City of Winnipeg)

6. Winnipeg, Man.

Population: 778,602
Property tax as percent of average income: 1.8%
Annual days above 20C: 110
Crime Severity Index 5-year average: 116
Doctors’ offices per 100,000 residents: 694
Household members able work on a single internet connection: 12

See more stats about Winnipeg, Man., here

Courtesy of the City of Edmonton

Courtesy of the City of Edmonton

5. Edmonton, Alta.

Population: 1,061,793
Property tax as percent of average income: 1.5%
Annual days above 20C: 88
Crime Severity Index 5-year average: 123
Doctors’ offices per 100,000 residents: 902
Household members able work on a single internet connection: 12

See more stats about Edmonton, Alta., here

Courtesy of the City of Belleville

Courtesy of the City of Belleville

4. Belleville, Ont.

Population: 55,209
Property tax as percent of average income: 2.0%
Annual days above 20C: 117
Crime Severity Index 5-year average: 84
Doctors’ offices per 100,000 residents: 92
Household members able work on a single internet connection: 15

See more stats about Belleville, Ont., here

(Courtesy of City of St. Thomas)

(Courtesy of City of St. Thomas)

3. St. Thomas, Ont.

Population: 42,208
Property tax as percent of average income: 2.3%
Annual days above 20C: 128
Crime Severity Index 5-year average: 51
Doctors’ offices per 100,000 residents: 53
Household members able work on a single internet connection: 15

See more stats about St. Thomas, Ont., here

(Courtesy of Fredericton Tourism)

(Courtesy of Fredericton Tourism)

2. Fredericton, N.B.

Population: 64,528
Property tax as percent of average income: 1.5%
Annual days above 20C: 104
Crime Severity Index 5-year average: 78
Doctors’ offices per 100,000 residents: 134
Household members able work on a single internet connection: 17

See more stats about Fredericton, N.B., here

(Courtesy of DiscoverCharlottetown.com)

(Courtesy of DiscoverCharlottetown.com)

1. Charlottetown, P.E.I.*

Population: 40,971
Property tax as percent of average income: 1.4%
Annual days above 20C: 79
Crime Severity Index 5-year average: 65
Doctors’ offices per 100,000 residents: 112
Household members able work on a single internet connection: 11

See more stats about Charlottetown, P.E.I., here

*Correction and editor’s note: Due to a data error, Charlottetown’s crime severity index figure was misstated on our original ranking; the correct number is 65, moving Charlottetown from 10th place into a tie for first-place with Halifax. Maclean’s regrets the error.

(Courtesy of Discover Halifax)

(Courtesy of Discover Halifax)

1. Halifax, N.S.

Population: 443,976
Property tax as percent of average income: 1.6%
Annual days above 20C: 78
Crime Severity Index 5-year average: 64
Doctors’ offices per 100,000 residents: 437
Household members able work on a single internet connection: 11

See more stats about Halifax, N.S., here

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