I've always been skeptical about calling Vancouver one of the best places to live.
The high cost of living, the growing income disparity between rich and poor, the lack of affordable housing, rising price of food, and haphazard public transportation certainly don't qualify it as the best place to live.
Vancouver is a pretty city. It's a nice place to live, just not the best.
My impression was justified by a recent survey done by staff at MoneySense magazine.
According to their extensive analysis of 209 cities and towns across Canada, Vancouver came in at Number 46.
The survey made a very valid point. They looked not at the beauty of a place as much as "the strong correlation between the economics of a city and the type of life you're able to build for your family." It's exactly what I've always thought—that scenic surroundings don't pay your bills.
They considered factors such as good access to health care, good public transportation, and yes, even nice weather.
From the cities and towns, Ottawa came second. In B.C., the District of North Vancouver ranked ninth. West Vancouver was 11th, Port Coquitlam was 34th, and Victoria was 50th.
The best place to live in Canada is Boucherville, Quebec, mainly for its affordable housing and great livability factors.
It has a population of 43,000.
In the same issue of the magazine, they also listed best places to live for new immigrants, which was interesting, to say the least.
Factors they considered were things like employment, rental rates, and property taxes.
The Victoria suburb of Saanich ranked first. According to the magazine, 17.1 percent of the population are immigrants and the average cost of a one-bedroom rental unit is $1,133.
Closer to home it's Delta at Number 2, with 27.2 percent of the population being immigrants and the average cost of a one-bedroom rental unit at $1,030.
Others that made the Top 10 were Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.