Ottawa again tops list of Best Places to Live in Canada

For the third year in a row, Ottawa has taken top honours as the best city to live in Canada by MoneySense magazine’s annual Best Places to Live survey. Ottawa scored 74 points out of a possible 105, up from 71.8 last year.

The survey is based on data compiled from 190 Canadian cities and towns with populations over 10,000. Cities were rated on climate, prosperity, access to health care, home affordability, crime rates, employment and lifestyle with subcategories in each area. A city must score well in all categories to come out on top.

“I am very pleased that Ottawa has again been confirmed as the best city to live in Canada by an independent organization using objective measures,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “We know we have a great city and it is gratifying to have it reaffirmed once again that this is the best place in Canada to live, work, invest, study and play.”

Ottawa’s cultural offerings and family-friendly lifestyle were just some of the factors that helped the city take the No. 1 position for the third year in a row. Ottawa’s citizens enjoy unparalleled comfort, health and access to medical services. Benefiting from a unique combination of urban convenience and accessible nature, Ottawa combines the best of small-city life with a cosmopolitan vibe. It is cycle-friendly with great public transit and is home to some of the best universities, colleges and hospitals and a growing, prosperous economy.

The city’s residents enjoy high household and discretionary incomes. At the same time, the average home price in Ottawa isn’t as high as in Canada’s biggest centres, meaning families can afford decent homes. Ottawa has a low crime rate that is the envy of many other Canadian cities, and it gets a good score for having a healthy rate of population growth.

“We can all share great pride in our many assets and amenities,” said Mayor Watson. “We have a safe, clean and vibrant community with an excellent quality of life. We are rich in culture and heritage and surrounded by a beautiful natural setting offering many recreational opportunities.”

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