3. Kingston, Ont.

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Ranking out of 190 cities
Weather 51 Affordable housing 113
Household income 86 Discretionary income 47
New cars on road 110 Job prospects 65
Population growth 65 Doctors per 1,000 4
Low crime 66 Walk or bike to work 12
Transit 58 Health pros % 10
Culture 44

Kingston edges up one spot on this year’s list, and for the most part, it stays consistent across the individual categories. Like last year, the city is strongest when it comes to medical access and the ability of its workforce to take a car-less commute. Kingston is considered one of Ontario’s more picturesque cities, and it’s also home to Queen’s University. The one drawback is affordable housing, though compared to our top two cities—and other cities across British Columbia and Ontario—it’s a relative bargain.

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6 comments on “3. Kingston, Ont.

  1. One of the most attractive cities in Canada. History , Canada's first capital, waterfront downtown St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. Forty lakes within 40 minutes with the best sailing and fishing in Canada. Call me or contact at westy@kos.net I'll tell you more.

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    • Thinking of retiring to Kingston from Winnipeg, what can you tell me?

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      • newmarket ontario only 30 minutes out of toronto and low crime with good rates

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    • I'm from Pointe-Claire, Qc. close to Montreal, love it here, but Quebec has too much political problems and taxes, we are moving to Ont. most likely to Kingston this summer. I know Kingston has 120k of population, But I'am terrified that it has a small town mentality and / or a keeping up with the Jones type of thing, (like in Oakville, Ont.)
      I was born and razed in a small town call Drummondville, granted the population was only 55k at the time, but it was a small town mentality the people I knew that stayed never did much ether, now was it because it was small and French?? or just because it was small?? even Quebec city (400k at the time) had a small town mentality too. Is Kingston more like Montreal, Ottawa or more like Toronto? Anyhow we are looking at the neighbourhood south, west of Cosco what do you think of this area?

      I glad to see Kingston had culture, history and a good university.
      Thanks for your help

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  2. Always a lot going on. Good night life plus buskers festival in the summer makes it a good cultural city. There is the Grand Theater which hosts many events. Kingston has a brand new Arena. Housing is expensive downtown but is very affordable in the west end. Missing a bit of bike paths. but overall, nice city with views on lake Ontario and LOTS of parks. There is also alot of restaurant and nide little stores downtown on Princess ST which is the main street.

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  3. Agreed. It has very nice views of Lake Ontario. I'd love to take a walk in this city.

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