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Boucherville named top city in Canada on MoneySense’s best places to live rankings

MoneySense | posted Monday, Jun 1st, 2015

Canada's Best Places to Live

For the first time, Boucherville, Que., has earned the top spot on MoneySense‘s annual Canada’s Best Places to Live, a comprehensive ranking based on hard data such as household income, employment, housing prices, weather, crime, access to health care and more.

A suburb of roughly 43,000 situated across the St. Lawrence River from Montreal, Boucherville enjoys high incomes and low unemployment making home ownership affordable. Combine that with a robust transit system and a vibrant arts community and it’s no wonder the city is seeing healthy population growth—another important metric MoneySense scores.

Boucherville’s rise to the top can also be partially attributed to the decline in Alberta. While most of the focus on the province has been on the impact of falling oil prices, the challenge facing places such as St. Albert, Calgary, Edmonton, Strathcona County and Lacombe is that they have grown so quickly in recent years that it is starting to put a strain on local services like health care.

Rounding out the top five in the 10th annual survey of Canada’s Best Places to Live are Ottawa (No. 2), Burlington, Ont. (No. 3), St. Albert (No. 4) and Blainville, Que. (No. 5).

In addition to the overall list, MoneySense also ranks the Best Places to Raise Kids, Best Places to Retire, Best Places for New Immigrants and Canada’s Richest Cities.

Click through the slideshows to see the lists:

For the full rankings, please visit moneysense.ca/bestplaces or pick up the Summer issue on newsstands, on Next Issue and via the MoneySense app starting June 3.

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