Three local communities among Top 25 in Canada

They looked at such things as affordability, unemployment, property taxes and crime and came up with a list of the Top 25 Communities in Canada in which to live.

Many intangible things that determine quality of life can’t be quantified and measured, but a lot of tangible things can be. We gathered data on 415 towns and cities across the country and compared them in the following categories: Wealth and economy, affordability, population growth, taxes, commute, crime, weather, access to health care, amenities and culture. Environics Analytics was an invaluable partner, providing a significant amount of data about each community that can’t be found anywhere else.

– Macleans

Burlington tops the list from Maclean’s Magazine – a low crime rate, good employment prospects and its proximity to world-class attractions among its attributes.

New Tecumseth is #5 on the inaugural list. It scored high in terms of growth, having a low crime rate and community involvement.

  • Population: 38,504
  • Regional Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
  • Median Household Income: $95,385
  • Average Household Net Worth: $845,233
  • Property Tax as % of Income: 2.5% Total Days Above 20°C: 122
  • Crime Severity Index 5-year average: 33
  • Family Doctors Per 100,000: 97
New Tecumseth

Aurora checked in at #11. Access to colleges and universities, theatres and restaurants among its selling points.

  • Population: 60,042
  • Regional Unemployment Rate: 6.4%
  • Median Household Income: $115,191
  • Average Household Net Worth: $1,580,178
  • Property Tax as % of Income: 2.7%
  • Total Days Above 20°C: 119
  • Crime Severity Index 5-year average: 34
  • Family Doctors Per 100,000: 97
Aurora

Collingwood ranked 22nd, offering a mix of strong local economic growth and access to outdoor recreation. The ability to work in the community also bodes well, with two-thirds of residents working within the town’s borders.

  • Population: 24,127
  • Regional Unemployment Rate:5.0%
  • Median Household Income: $70,960
  • Average Household Net Worth: $814,867
  • Property Tax as % of Income: 2.4%
  • Total Days Above 20°C: 101
  • Crime Severity Index 5-year average: 47
  • Family Doctors Per 100,000: 105
Downtown Collingwood
Collingwood

Communities in Ontario and B.C. dominate this year’s top 50. Ontario towns and cities account for 28 out of the top 50 and there are 16 municipalities from B.C. among the top spots. Those two provinces have an advantage because of their strong economies and good weather compared to the rest of the country. Ontario also has Canada’s lowest health care wait times and its small towns have the least crime in the country, while B.C. benefits from low income and sales taxes.