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Prince George among worst places to live in Canada
March 21, 2012

Citizen staff

Prince George is amongst the worst places to live in Canada, according to MoneySense Magazine’s annual Best Places to Live ranking.

Prince George ranked 156 out of 190 communities with 10,000 or more people, according to the magazine’s 2012 ranking.

The rankings are based on weather; affordability of housing; unemployment levels; population growth; percentage of people who bike, ride the bus or walk to work; household and discretionary income; access to doctors and health professionals; crime; tax levels; amenities; air quality; number of people employed in arts and culture; and percentage of new cars.

Prince George ranked 176th out of 190 communities on crime, 150th on culture and 171st for new cars. The city’s strongest showing was in the category of number of doctors per 1,000 people, which saw the city rank 53rd out of 190 cities. Prince George was 64th for discretionary income and 85th by household income.

Northern B.C. overall had low rankings with Williams Lake being named the second-worst place in Canada after New Glasgow, NS.

Prince Rupert was ranked 179th, Quesnel 172nd and Terrace 169th.

Saanich was the only B.C. community to make the top 25, at 15th out of 190.

The top 10 communities in Canada, according to the MoneySense ranking, are Ottawa, Burlington, Ont., Kingston, Ont., Halifax, Regina, Brandon, Man., Fredericton, NB, Edmonton, Red Deer, Alta., and Winnipeg.

Prince George ranked 134th in 2011 and 164th in 2010.

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