Normally, when we think of some of the best places to live in the world, we picture the glitz and glamour of cities like New York or Paris. We picture the hustle and bustle of a moving, ever-changing locale complete with cocktails, nightlife and more fun then you could possibly imagine.
Unfortunately, none of the cities on this list are anything even remotely like that. But, we can still promise that they’re among the greatest areas to settle down in Canada.
How do we know that? MoneySense released its Best Places to Live 2015 report, which boasts that it’s “the most comprehensive data-driven snapshot of Canadian cities you’ll find anywhere.” Ranks are assigned to various locations based on a host of practical (remember that word) criteria like crime, weather, average income, transit accessibility and the prevalence of arts and sports facilities. Instead of, you know, number of bars or the average liquor amounts consumed per person. The most surprising part of its list? You’ve probably never even heard of the winner.
Check it out in the gallery below:
The best places to live in Canada certainly aren’t the most exciting
10) Quebec CityHistoric Quebec City held onto its No. 10 spot from last year. The walkable and bike-friendly metropolis continues to have a strong presence in the world of arts and sports.Getty
9) North Vancouver, BCNorth Vancouver has come a long way. Shooting up from the 25th position last year, the city continues to have a remarkably low crime and tax rate. Flickr/Prayitno
8) Levis, Que.Levis is a growing city with a declining crime rate. The average household is currently bringing in $73,825 every year.Getty
7) Stratford, Ont.If you are looking for a little excitement after all, Stratford's "Swan Parade" should keep you entertained. The city rose from its No. 23 spot last year, thanks in part to a declining crime rate and its affordable real estate. The weather isn't bad there, either. The Canadian Press
6) Oakville, Ont.The median household income in Oakville is through the roof at $105,139. Why not move there and just be rich from now on? Getty
5) Blainville, Que.In Blainville, unemployment and crime are down while incomes and population are up. The average person only needs about three years to buy a home there.Google Maps
4) St. Albert, Alta.St. Albert actually fell three places from last year, having been 2014's best city. The community boasts many doctors and fantastic access to health care. No more eight-hour waits for a checkup! Flickr/Jeff Wallace
3) Burlington, Ont.It's always sunny in Burlington. At least, it gets more rays than most other cities in Canada. Pair that with a strong arts and sports community and you have a recipe for a great place to live!Flickr/chapstickaddict
2) OttawaCanada's capital climbed up two spots from last year, scoring just behind the first-place contender. Houses are relatively affordable in the city with the average property going for roughly half a million dollars. The average household income is $86,443.Getty
1) Boucherville, Que.Boucherville took the top spot this year. The predominately French-speaking community has a population of only 43,000, which may explain why you haven't heard of it. But MoneySense lauded the city's "stellar livability stats." Some of which included an average household income of $92,253, an unemployment rate of only 2.88 per cent and a 30 per cent reduction in crime over the past five years. Wikimedia