P.G. Slips In MoneySense Rankings of Best Places to Live in Canada
Prince George, B.C. – When it comes to the best places to live in Canada ( according to MoneySense magazine) Prince George has slipped to #163 of the 209 communities assessed.
Last year, Prince George came in at 148th place and the slide could be, in part, due to the addition of nine new communities for the annual assessment.
The annual community ranking looks at several factors, including average incomes, crime rates, unemployment rates, population growth, property taxes, and amenities.
With all the factors considered, only one B.C. community made the top ten, that was North Vancouver, which ranked 9th overall.
Prince George did score a positive note for having low property taxes, and that the annual crime rate dropped by 4.8% over the past five years. According to the survey, the population in Prince George has increased by 2.4% over the past five years and the median household income is $78,039.
The highest ranking BC community north of Williams Lake, was Fort St. John, which came in 47th overall. That’s a major improvement from the 96th position it sat in a year ago.
So from Williams Lake to Fort St. John, here’s how communities ranked:
|Community||2014 rank||2015 rank|
|Ft. St. John||96||47|
The best place in Canada to live? According to MoneySense, it is Boucherville Quebec which is given credit for being a small community with low unemployment, high incomes, affordable housing and a healthy population growth.
The city that is sitting at #209 of 209? That would be New Glasgow Nova Scotia. The report says that Maritime community has had a 1.9% drop in population, unemployment is estimated to be 10.72% but on the positive side, scored marks for having affordable housing.