When strolling along the Seawall or chowing down on top-notch sushi, we can’t help but think that Vancouver is the greatest city on earth.
But according to new rankings on Canadian cities from MoneySense, Vancouver barely breaks the top 50.
The list rates 209 cities across the country based on factors like employment rates, housing affordability, crime rates, ease of transportation, good weather, and the strength of the local sports & arts community.
Vancouver came in at #46, down several spots from its #39 ranking last year. Our fair city lost points for unemployment levels, low wages, and – you guessed it – housing affordability. But low taxes and the ease of getting around without a car saved the city from dropping any lower.
The suburbs of Metro Vancouver did significantly better.
The District of North Vancouver clocked in at #9, West Vancouver ranked at #11, and Delta hit #13.
The City of North Vancouver, Port Moody, and Port Coquitlam ranked at #20, #32, and #34 respectively.
LISTEN: Tyee reporter Katie Hyslop joined guest host Sean Leslie on the Afternoon Drive to explain why “move to the suburbs” is bad advice for Vancouverites struggling with housing affordability.
To see Hyslop’s original editorial on housing affordability, click here.