City of Burlington press release
MoneySense Magazine has named Burlington Canada’s best mid-sized city and the second best city overall in Canada, according to the magazine’s Canada’s Best Places to Live 2016 rankings.
Burlington scored high with:
- Low unemployment
- High incomes
- Healthy population growth
- Low crime
- Good weather
- Strong arts and sports community
Canada’s Best Places to Live 2016 measured 219 Canadian cities. The data was provided by Environics Analytics, Statistics Canada, IHS Automotive, drive by Polk, the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corp. and Environment Canada.
My Take: In effect, the MoneySense rankings are a measurement of wealth. We have high incomes and low unemployment, yet over half or our residents must leave the city to work. I hear from many residents that they’d like the opportunity to both live and work in Burlington. That’s a goal in our new strategic plan. We also have residents of lower incomes in Burlington, and we need to ensure folks of all incomes are welcome and can contribute here. That’s getting tougher as housing prices continue to rise. And good weather? Well, no one can take credit for that. I’ll be writing a more detailed article on where we stand in the rankings in areas of liveability, and areas more under the jurisdiction of city council, where these are measured by MoneySense.