Canada’s Cities Ranked

Moneywise has once again released their annual list of the best places to live in Canada. The Canada’s Best Places to Live 2012 compiles, weighs and ranks 190 cities and towns in Canada by 22 categories. Each category is given a certain number of points depending on the important of that category. The cities were scored out of 105 points.

WALK/BIKE TO WORK: 7 points

WEATHER: 18 points

AIR QUALITY: 2 points

POPULATION GROWTH: 10 points

UNEMPLOYMENT: 10 points

HOUSING: 15 points

HOUSEHOLD INCOME: 4 points

DISCRETIONARY INCOME: 4 points

NEW CARS: 4 points

INCOME TAXES: 2 points

SALES TAXES: 1 point

CRIME: 5 points

DOCTORS: 6 points

HEALTH PROFESSIONALS: 4 points

TRANSIT: 5 points

AMENITIES: 3 points

CULTURE: Bonus points(up to 5 points)

For the third year in a row, our capital Ottawa has topped the list. What’s so great about Ottawa? I mean the Parliament building is beautiful and they do have the best Beaver Tails around but why do they continually grab the top spot? This is mainly due to its consistent scores. You’ll notice that they don’t receive abnormally high scores, but what they do have is higher than average scores across the board.

What do you think about the scoring? How would you rank the city you live in?

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