Canada is the U.S.’s more peaceful, outdoorsy, and rugged cousin. Canada draws U.S. citizens, and foreigners from around the world, across its borders for several reasons. Our northern neighbor provides universal healthcare (a hot topic right now in the States), competitive wages, and a relatively low cost of living. Canada is home to more nature than even the most avid outdoorsman would know what to do with. Perhaps the great outdoors has a positive effect on people’s mood, because when compared with the States, Canada has an extremely low crime rate. Curious about the lifestyle that lies just beyond our northern border? Here are the best places to live in Canada. (* All prices in Canadian Dollars. 1USD = 1.30CAD).
1) Ottawa, Ontario
The eastern Canadian capital is the fourth largest city in the country and considered one of the cleanest in the world. Ottawa’s population is just under one million people, most of who are gainfully employed. Perhaps this is thanks to Kanata Park, Canada’s largest research and technology hub, housed in Ottawa. Kanata Park employs 21,000 people, and contributes $7.8 billion to Canada’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product). Clearly, tech business is booming in Ottawa. The bilingual rate is 44% and the city has more engineers, scientists, and PhDs per capita than any other city in Canada. The median family income is around $100,000, making it the highest income city in Canada. The average home costs around $374,000; not the cheapest on the list, but by no means the most expensive. Ottawa also claims low crime rates, rich culture, and plenty of sporting events, festivals, and other entertainment.