Canada’s Best Places to Live 2014: Best Medium-Sized Cities



RANK BY SIZE OVERALL RANK CITY POPULATION POPULATION GROWTH 2008 TO 2013 UNEMPLOYMENT RATE (%) AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD INCOME AVERAGE DISCRETIONARY INCOME AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD NET WORTH AVERAGE HOUSE PRICES AVERAGE YEARS TO BUY A HOME PROPERTY TAX (%) AVERAGE PROPERTY TAX PROPERTY TAX AS A % OF AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD INCOME SALES TAX INCOME TAX ($) NEW CARS NEW LUXURY CARS WALK TO WORK (%) BIKE TO WORK (%) TAKE PUBLIC TRANSIT TO WORK (%) TOTAL RAINFALL (mm) DAYS PER YEAR WITH PRECIPITATION DAYS PER YEAR WITH RAIN DAYS ABOVE 0C DAYS PER YEAR ABOVE 20C DAYS PER YEAR BELOW MINUS 20C MEAN DAILY TEMPERATURE DAYS PER YEAR ABOVE 24C FIVE-YEAR CHANGE IN CRIME RATE CRIME RATE PER 100,000 CRIME SEVERITY INDEX VIOLENT CRIME SEVERITY INDEX NUMBER OF MEDICAL OFFICES PER '000 EMPLOYED IN HEALTH CARE (%) DOCTORS PER '000 EMPLOYED IN ARTS & REC (%)
1 5 Burlington, Ont. 187,497 6.80% 5.8 $110,113.81 $52,926.57 $623,548.00 $496,412.00 4.51 2.67 $2,855.00 2.59% 13.00% 8694 20.35% 2.66% 3.4 0.69 7.59 763.27 135.77 113.91 239 125.32 2.66 9.07 40.8 -24.75% 2611.04 28.59 23.59 1.16 3.32 2.54 1.91
2 7 Oakville, Ont. 196,722 9.80% 7 $145,694.87 $68,852.08 $948,281.00 $692,902.00 4.76 2.7 $3,756.00 2.58% 13.00% 8694 23.99% 5.56% 2.99 0.53 14.52 725.63 117.55 102.43 221.7 107.18 2.66 8.05 18.25 -24.75% 2611.04 28.59 23.59 1.13 3.08 2.07 2.54
3 9 Regina, Sask. 221,999 7.30% 4.8 $91,328.02 $43,014.39 $392,064.00 $372,335.00 4.08 2.13 $1,965.00 2.15% 10.00% 10195 15.36% 1.03% 5.38 1.25 4 321.11 114.13 74.7 152.9 107.46 45.04 2.73 7.72 -24.28% 10393.1 120.17 116.45 1.52 4.56 2.36 2.16
4 11 Kingston, Ont. 169,645 6.30% 8.1 $83,515.16 $41,626.97 $369,279.00 $318,189.00 3.81 2.22 $1,865.00 2.23% 13.00% 8694 16.79% 1.14% 9.01 2.17 3.83 808.71 159.06 123.38 222.5 99.09 10.67 6.87 7.24 -9.30% 6134.77 63.74 60.16 1.23 5.16 4.36 1.86
5 12 Lévis, Que. 143,934 7.00% 4 $75,659.17 $34,536.01 $248,740.00 $232,092.00 3.07 2.51 $1,860.00 2.46% 14.98% 11302 22.17% 1.55% 4.03 0.77 4.2 899.3 174.93 118.16 194.5 94.07 31.14 4.22 3.53 -14.99% 3271.31 38.2 36.25 0.56 5.13 3.35 1.81
6 13 Saskatoon, Sask. 278,389 10.90% 5.5 $89,768.06 $42,066.91 $377,703.00 $355,092.00 3.96 2.12 $1,908.00 2.13% 10.00% 10195 13.81% 0.98% 5.69 2.13 3.55 263.83 108.7 65.48 170.4 103.88 38.8 3.25 9.75 -23.43% 10016.53 117.43 141.44 1.79 5.07 3.02 1.74
7 14 Saanich, B.C. 114,323 1.30% 5.7 $86,710.20 $39,279.51 $692,672.00 $577,652.00 6.66 2.24 $1,903.00 2.19% 12.00% 8611 10.90% 1.37% 5.54 5.1 11.08 886.27 158.51 156.12 334 70.54 0 10.31 0.19 -21.49% 4662.79 44.18 31.44 0.74 4.25 2.98 2.43
8 15 Gatineau, Que. 278,252 10.50% 5.7 $82,203.49 $36,707.68 $207,079.00 $250,721.00 3.05 2.49 $1,996.00 2.43% 13.00% 8694 21.44% 1.20% 4.47 1.72 15.81 755.45 160.65 118.34 215.6 116.53 16.84 6.64 17.48 -12.79% 5645.79 69.14 74.73 0.45 3.51 2.45 2.72
9 16 Moncton, N.B. 145,873 9.60% 7.3 $73,386.54 $36,594.33 $192,515.00 $160,158.00 2.18 2.19 $1,614.00 2.20% 13.00% 11036 24.01% 0.98% 6.69 0.95 2.67 841.97 160.77 122.8 198.3 99.12 13.98 6.08 3.86 -30.94% 5115.6 67.16 83.41 2.02 4.8 3.28 1.64
10 27 Whitby, Ont. 131,539 7.80% 7.3 $109,010.00 $51,976.26 $433,584.00 $414,719.00 3.8 2.77 $2,966.00 2.72% 13.00% 8694 20.51% 1.80% 2.31 0.31 10.28 766.13 145.68 122.66 239 100.48 2.73 8.12 9.56 -26.75% 3626.65 44.71 55.55 0.57 3.65 1.47 1.99
11 30 Guelph, Ont. 150,405 5.50% 6.6 $91,764.28 $44,234.71 $426,367.00 $374,079.00 4.08 2.62 $2,386.00 2.60% 13.00% 8694 17.19% 1.20% 5.05 1.89 5.56 781.99 167.01 127.37 205.5 112.98 8.29 6.68 8.21 -13.44% 4549.53 50.52 53.8 1.04 3.61 1.91 1.87
12 34 Lethbridge, Alta. 113,824 8.80% 6.3 $75,911.21 $38,678.95 $281,831.00 $193,466.00 2.55 2.1 $1,621.00 2.14% 13.00% 10198 13.21% 0.57% 5.19 1.17 1.98 988.32 168.26 137.59 181.5 63.97 8.76 4.83 0.18 -15.29% 9237.53 92.37 89.78 1.48 4.98 1.98 1.46
13 37 St. John's, Nfld. 204,371 9.70% 7.6 $94,789.00 $45,298.76 $279,406.00 $297,204.00 3.14 2.09 $1,978.00 2.09% 13.00% 10198 27.84% 1.25% 5.89 0.25 2.48 1206.35 211.66 162.64 198.7 52.6 0.6 5.03 0.02 3.29% 8036.84 86.3 77.34 1.21 4.93 3.42 1.81
14 43 Waterloo, Ont 105,444 0.70% 7.2 $102,824.65 $51,311.61 $550,971.00 $366,219.00 3.56 2.55 $2,596.00 2.52% 13.00% 8694 18.27% 2.47% 6.47 2.74 4.23 776.77 165.97 118.73 207.6 115.67 5.99 7.01 9.8 -10.74% 4992.24 58.05 60.75 0.86 3.08 1.48 2.28
15 44 Milton, Ont. 103,491 56.20% 5.6 $113,938.75 $54,299.27 $503,031.00 $491,215.00 4.31 2.87 $3,278.00 2.88% 13.00% 8694 21.04% 2.00% 2.48 0.25 4.22 741.49 138.86 112.09 196.3 120.32 8.7 7.1 8.36 -22.97% 1848.1 22.36 11.19 0.58 2.06 2.07 3
16 48 Delta, B.C. 104,290 3.70% 6.3 $98,278.89 $44,131.98 $668,015.00 $607,783.00 6.18 2.44 $2,399.00 2.44% 12.00% 8611 13.75% 1.62% 3.35 0.43 8.98 899.94 155 152.31 343.8 64.28 0 11.1 0 -21.29% 5699.11 58.79 47.87 0.68 3.13 2.46 1.99
17 50 Richmond Hill, Ont. 202,077 13.60% 6.9 $108,310.59 $44,449.05 $841,125.00 $736,515.00 6.8 2.62 $2,859.00 2.64% 13.00% 8694 25.07% 7.19% 2.2 0.27 13.18 744.58 165.19 120.17 220.8 118.74 4.69 7.9 22.3 -18.72% 2806.5 35.83 39.07 0.86 3.05 2.07 2.04
18 53 Terrebonne, Que. 111,769 10.80% 5.2 $83,548.82 $37,953.25 $244,547.00 $253,472.00 3.03 2.7 $2,216.00 2.65% 14.98% 11302 22.49% 1.61% 2.71 0.52 4.94 915.36 166.06 128.95 201.6 110.74 22.71 5.94 8.59 -3.34% 4508.46 57.94 63.74 0.37 4.04 2.34 1.41
19 56 Vaughan, Ont 319,727 18.60% 6.7 $121,035.37 $52,459.05 $932,777.00 $720,104.00 5.95 2.72 $3,166.00 2.62% 13.00% 8694 24.40% 5.70% 1.42 0.17 9.51 697.01 137.43 108.29 211.7 116.77 6.5 7.56 16.13 -18.72% 2806.5 35.83 39.07 0.67 2.68 2.07 1.82
20 60 Sherbrooke, Que. 210,032 6.50% 6.3 $64,259.19 $28,520.06 $227,363.00 $224,991.00 3.5 2.26 $1,445.00 2.25% 14.98% 11302 19.61% 1.41% 6.75 0.71 4.09 847.89 187.14 127.52 181.8 105.04 34.24 4.53 2.05 -17.72% 4819.76 58.11 50.6 0.92 4.87 3.86 1.62
21 61 Richmond, B.C 205,819 9.10% 7.1 $79,168.76 $31,108.50 $703,240.00 $700,346.00 8.85 2.3 $1,920.00 2.43% 12.00% 8611 25.09% 5.51% 3.81 1.37 11.64 1227.79 183.84 180.42 305.3 99.52 0 10.55 0.33 -17.31% 6550.88 78.9 59.53 0.78 2.99 2.46 1.98
22 63 Kitchener, Ont 234,137 6.70% 7.1 $80,812.04 $38,873.25 $301,924.00 $307,463.00 3.8 2.5 $2,042.00 2.53% 13.00% 8694 16.04% 1.18% 4.28 1.13 5.72 776.77 165.97 118.73 207.6 115.67 5.99 7.01 9.8 -10.74% 4992.24 58.05 60.75 1.04 3.09 1.48 1.54
23 70 Greater Sudbury, Ont. 166,817 1.00% 7.8 $82,966.49 $42,780.11 $275,308.00 $240,525.00 2.9 2.11 $1,771.00 2.13% 13.00% 8694 18.10% 0.73% 5.69 0.62 4.89 675.67 166.87 107.56 186.8 95.6 31.51 4.1 5.41 -5.78% 5560.17 71.66 75.37 0.88 3.96 2.03 1.33
24 74 Langley, B.C. (DM) 112,431 10.80% 6.1 $97,796.38 $43,008.61 $667,368.00 $572,758.00 5.86 2.34 $2,283.00 2.33% 12.00% 8611 14.13% 1.10% 3.19 0.54 2.77 1715.49 194.47 190.07 311.6 109 0 10.85 2.17 -6.16% 8435.17 102.32 89.82 0.7 3.34 2.46 1.77
25 75 Kamloops, B.C. 104,746 5.30% 8.5 $75,931.69 $36,517.99 $359,903.00 $332,798.00 4.38 2.08 $1,601.00 2.11% 12.00% 8611 12.64% 0.60% 5.24 1.33 3.65 224.34 105.58 83.28 246 131.99 3.39 9.27 26.04 -12.42% 11568.68 105.86 111.71 1.1 4.15 2.5 1.61
26 80 Markham, Ont. 335,947 15.20% 8.1 $112,387.02 $49,889.92 $810,071.00 $648,288.00 5.77 2.65 $3,012.00 2.68% 13.00% 8694 24.41% 6.21% 1.8 0.26 14.18 744.58 165.19 120.17 220.8 118.74 4.69 7.9 22.3 -18.72% 2806.5 35.83 39.07 0.65 2.96 2.07 1.93
27 84 Coquitlam, B.C 136,457 11.50% 7.2 $85,627.73 $36,858.12 $534,009.00 $553,719.00 6.47 2.19 $1,918.00 2.24% 12.00% 8611 16.43% 2.65% 3.48 0.56 13.54 2112.41 184.02 180.73 296.1 92 0 10.02 1.05 -23.26% 6339.25 71.97 59.65 0.48 3.22 2.46 1.94
28 89 Saint John, N.B. 131,560 4.30% 8.6 $76,251.96 $38,606.41 $217,369.00 $182,463.00 2.39 2.04 $1,567.00 2.06% 13.00% 10725 20.32% 0.56% 6.85 0.23 4.13 1075.96 157.9 122.06 198 74.52 14.12 5.17 0.07 -19.60% 8898.84 95.38 102.87 1.09 4.47 2.83 1.17
29 91 Peterborough, Ont. 125,121 3.40% 8.5 $77,636.56 $38,894.30 $366,021.00 $282,462.00 3.64 2.46 $1,908.00 2.46% 13.00% 8694 16.04% 0.66% 7.62 2.18 2.24 712.54 160.25 119.97 195 117.2 17.08 6.22 6.84 -16.16% 5978.77 74.26 88.36 1.46 4.18 2.29 1.59
30 92 Kelowna, B.C. 192,947 10.20% 8.1 $76,707.78 $35,110.49 $576,411.00 $444,632.00 5.8 2.17 $1,701.00 2.22% 12.00% 8611 12.40% 1.36% 4.08 2.09 2.62 311.28 136.64 107.8 215 123.46 2.94 8.12 3.69 -14.87% 11857.2 117.92 97.1 1.46 3.72 2.28 1.82
31 101 Trois-Rivières, Que. 157,141 6.50% 7.5 $62,931.92 $29,551.18 $189,937.00 $140,140.00 2.23 2.25 $1,399.00 2.22% 14.98% 11302 17.22% 1.08% 5.31 1.24 2.06 863.88 161.11 119.51 196.6 104.15 27.11 5.23 8.24 -5.74% 5740.3 67.33 46.02 1.29 4.01 2.13 1.35
32 102 Burnaby, B.C 239,926 9.90% 7.4 $74,573.23 $30,142.35 $539,152.00 $649,493.00 8.71 2.07 $1,632.00 2.19% 12.00% 8611 16.22% 3.34% 4.33 0.79 25.14 1871.01 178.27 173.76 326.3 82.54 0 10.81 4.68 -19.25% 6987.54 88.75 89.11 0.75 3.24 2.46 2.09
33 109 Thunder Bay, Ont. 126,257 0.00% 8.4 $75,358.39 $38,551.90 $267,786.00 $231,965.00 3.08 2.14 $1,637.00 2.17% 13.00% 8694 15.98% 0.65% 5.71 1.47 2.93 539.97 142.86 90.74 161.9 85.48 45.17 2.68 1.71 -17.46% 7580.67 89.38 121.16 1.28 4.89 2.39 1.41
34 120 Barrie, Ont. 198,706 4.70% 8.4 $88,713.53 $42,684.35 $351,102.00 $318,596.00 3.59 2.69 $2,411.00 2.72% 13.00% 8694 19.69% 1.16% 3.6 0.47 3.44 709.92 156.12 114.36 207.8 112.54 12.2 6.94 15.48 -19.56% 5565.29 56.94 53.52 0.99 3.5 1.45 1.57
35 122 Brantford, Ont. 142,829 4.20% 7.6 $77,970.08 $39,116.86 $315,656.00 $279,010.00 3.58 2.72 $2,130.00 2.73% 13.00% 8694 14.89% 0.70% 4.49 1.04 2.83 769.62 135.6 114.02 218.2 124.55 5 8.09 19.03 -11.09% 8348.16 100.31 67.73 0.78 4.07 1.43 1.22
36 126 Nanaimo, B.C. 103,959 5.60% 9.3 $67,894.09 $32,927.05 $396,032.00 $367,943.00 5.42 2.07 $1,436.00 2.12% 12.00% 8611 15.56% 0.63% 6.32 1.54 2.85 1098.2 175.64 169.96 293.7 96.89 0 10.08 1.47 -8.61% 11837.56 105.71 90.12 1.65 4.06 2.6 1.76
37 127 Longueuil, Que. 237,900 1.90% 7.5 $69,795.86 $30,072.05 $217,578.00 $261,556.00 3.75 2.3 $1,583.00 2.27% 14.98% 11302 18.11% 1.34% 3.94 1.58 21.78 798.56 164.56 119.8 205.9 117.5 19.38 6.15 13.88 -23.73% 5056.13 70.83 65.18 0.79 3.83 2.34 2.05
38 128 Ajax, Ont. 120,874 20.60% 8.7 $105,024.43 $48,452.90 $371,009.00 $404,568.00 3.85 2.8 $2,912.00 2.77% 13.00% 8694 17.77% 1.82% 2.52 0.2 14.03 766.13 145.68 122.66 239 100.48 2.73 8.12 9.56 -26.75% 3626.65 44.71 55.55 0.59 3.39 2.07 1.57
39 130 Oshawa, Ont 158,987 5.80% 10.8 $80,558.49 $39,207.42 $268,814.00 $289,861.00 3.6 2.63 $2,132.00 2.65% 13.00% 8694 17.64% 0.84% 4.08 0.48 8.02 766.13 145.68 122.66 239 100.48 2.73 8.12 9.56 -26.75% 3626.65 44.71 55.55 0.67 3.08 1.47 1.64
40 134 St. Catharines, Ont 136,665 0.50% 9.7 $72,659.67 $36,822.09 $292,790.00 $246,055.00 3.39 2.57 $1,864.00 2.57% 13.00% 8694 14.72% 1.25% 5.24 1.46 4.21 754.19 150.68 117.03 238.1 127.47 0.94 8.98 28.89 -18.74% 4978.1 63.53 54.05 1.38 3.68 1.37 1.67
41 135 Cambridge, Ont 134,255 4.60% 8.3 $87,137.35 $41,995.38 $332,707.00 $321,792.00 3.69 2.79 $2,463.00 2.83% 13.00% 8694 16.46% 0.96% 2.94 0.9 3.57 785.4 133.82 106.82 203.6 116.22 5.12 7.28 11.49 -10.74% 4992.24 58.05 60.75 0.78 3.23 1.48 1.25
42 147 Abbotsford - Mission, B.C. 180,636 6.50% 8.2 $76,888.38 $34,627.53 $401,988.00 $406,172.00 5.28 2.18 $1,701.00 2.21% 12.00% 8611 11.75% 0.78% 3 0.71 1.62 1483.26 179.45 174.09 312.3 100.3 0 10.44 2.2 -39.30% 5891.33 71.21 70.38 0.97 3.62 1.61 1.35
43 151 Saguenay, Que. 161,878 3.50% 7 $67,552.80 $31,229.59 $159,606.00 $179,805.00 2.66 2.43 $1,615.00 2.39% 14.98% 11302 20.48% 0.84% 4.81 0.73 2.29 663.75 198.36 122.13 175.5 86.8 46.58 2.79 3.93 -0.49% 5539.96 71.12 79.39 0.96 3.99 2.17 1.02
44 162 Windsor, Ont. 330,623 -0.80% 10.4 $75,446.61 $38,936.90 $281,565.00 $209,440.00 2.78 2.28 $1,732.00 2.30% 13.00% 8694 16.70% 0.88% 3.8 1.2 2.6 822.35 149.54 119.99 248.9 138.85 1.16 9.87 54.3 -9.31% 14708.21 137.18 124.47 1.26 3.99 1.55 1.16
45 182 Chatham-Kent, Ont. 105,739 -4.80% 10.2 $68,023.88 $35,848.50 $260,677.00 $164,749.00 2.42 2.45 $1,697.00 2.49% 13.00% 8694 13.84% 0.59% 5.39 1.28 0.8 803.14 137.07 117.95 246.9 132.09 1.42 9.75 46.68 -14.15% 6671.85 89.36 55.16 0.78 3.44 1.08 0.96
46 196 Cape Breton, N.S. 102,924 -2.90% 16.5 $61,893.52 $32,267.00 $138,933.00 $140,158.00 2.26 1.83 $1,167.00 1.89% 15.00% 11159 16.75% 0.23% 5.76 0.21 1.52 1242.36 190.99 146.91 204.4 74.93 2.73 5.86 1.2 -12.13% 6991.78 72.41 62.09 1.13 4.57 2.17 0.87
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3 comments on “Canada’s Best Places to Live 2014: Best Medium-Sized Cities

  1. Hi, I would like to print the entire table filterin best cities to rise kids, médium and small cities.
    Is there any way I culd print them?
    Thankyou!

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  2. Not a user-friendly table of data at all…While it’s great to have compiled all this data, try tracking down all the data on a particular city (for example) that’s located in the middle of the list…can’t be done, without a whole lot of extra effort and wasted time. Make it so the row at the top of the table remains frozen as one scrolls down the list, along with the same for the left three columns that represent the ranking and city name. I agree with the comment above…Make it printable or available to be saved in a PDF format. Such a waste of data almost in the format it is currently presented in…too bad.

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