In our previous article, we discussed five Canadian cities that are great for living. Haven’t found one to your liking yet? Don’t worry, I got you covered! Here are five more amazing cities in Canada that can become your new home.
Saint John, New Brunswick - hidden gem
One of the most underrated cities in Canada, Saint John is a true hidden gem. It is one of Canada’s oldest cities, but don’t let it fool you. In recent years, the younger generations made a lot of effort to graciously combine the historical “old” of the city with the modern-day “new.” Once there, you will see this excellent combination and encounter breathtaking landscapes and a lovely community.
Saint John has a population of 71,364 that lives on a land area of 315.96 km². It has one of the most competitive pricing for housing in the entire country. The average price for a home here is $200,961, and you can rent a one-bedroom apartment for an average of $814. Sounds tempting, right! But the advantages of the city don’t end there! Saint John has a meager crime rate – at 4,215 incidents per 100,000. The unemployment rate here is 9.8%, while the minimum wage is $11.70 per hour.
You have to consider the median household income in this city, which is $52,132, on the lower side, but so are the prices here too.
Edmonton, Alberta - fast growing city
Edmonton is the capital city of Alberta and Canada’s fifth-largest city. I’d like to tell you why Edmonton is suitable for living. It’s a great city if you are not ready to buy a house yet and want to rent for an extended period.
Edmonton is a fast-growing city, with a young population of 972,223 people. The city’s land area is 685,25 km², and the average household income is $87,225. You can buy a house in Edmonton for an average of $319,900 while renting a one-bed apartment will cost you about $910 per month. To get a complete picture of the best value for your money in Edmonton, I have to give you the minimum wage of an Edmonton resident – $15.00 per hour. So what does this all mean? It means a reasonably high minimum wage and relatively low rental pricing. As of July 2020, the unemployment rate has increased slightly and is now 15%. Living in Edmonton for a month will require approximately $2,356 from you.
Known as the gateway to Canada’s north, Edmonton is also one of the sunniest cities in the country. It’s great for living, working, and studying, so keep it on your list if you wonder where you should establish your home.
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador - the most beautiful city
I genuinely think St. John’s is one of the most beautiful cities. Like ever. It’s so colorful and cheerful, but at the same time so cozy and connected with nature. Indeed, the character of this city is a distinctive trait of its colorful houses. But the city has other great features, like, for example, low house prices. Let’s check the numbers!
St. John’s is the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador. It’s got a population of 113,948 people and a land area of 445.88 km². The median household income here is $69,455. The average house price in St. John’s is $239,500, and the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment is around $854. The minimum wage here is $11.65 per hour, and the unemployment rate has increased as of July 2020, up to 11.7%. If you decide to live here, your estimated cost of living will be around $2,264.
The standard of living here is quite good, but beware of the snow! Although the weather here is relatively typical for Canada, the annual snowfall here is around 234cm. Prepare for the fact that sometimes it snows heavily here. However, St. John’s is a picturesque city worth visiting at least.
Calgary, Alberta - one of the largest cities
Next on the list comes Canada’s third-largest city – Calgary. It has a wide range of opportunities, for different people, in other areas of work. And compared to cities like Toronto or Vancouver, Calgary is significantly cheaper but still retains the atmosphere of a big city.
Calgary has a population of 1,547,000 and a land area of 825.56 km². The median household income in Calgary is around $97,334, and the unemployment rate is 15.5%. The minimum wage in Calgary is $15.00 per hour. The city is relatively young; the median age of a citizen is 36.6 years. The average house price in the city is about $410,000 – higher than other cities I’ve covered, but still affordable. The monthly rent of a one-bedroom apartment will cost you around $1,186.
Ottawa, Ontario - interesting facts
Last on the list, but not least is Canada’s capital – Ottawa. Ottawa has numerous historical buildings, museums, universities, and you have to admit it – excellent restaurants. That’s right; I said what I said.
The population of Ottawa is about 1,393,000 people living on a land area of 2,790.3 km². The median household income in Ottawa is $85,981, and the average house price – $575,600. You can rent a one-bedroom apartment in the city for about $1,600. The minimum wage here is $14.00 per hour, and the unemployment rate is 9.2%. Living in Ottawa will require an estimated $2,784 a month.
The city is very safe and quiet, but not boring at all. There is always something to do here, regardless of what your interests are.
This city is one of the best places for living in Canada, listed in no particular order. Home is where the heart is, but wherever you choose to live and call home, Camovers is always ready to help you with your move.
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