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Posted: November 4, 2015

Cranbrook 101

We’re 101st!

CranbrookThe City of Cranbrook is ranked by Money Sense Magazine as the 101st best city in Canada to live in.

And that’s an improvement over its 141st overall ranking in 2014.

Using data provided Environics Analytics, Statistics Canada, IHS Automotive, driven by Polk and Environment Canada, Money Sense had 10 indicators noting how well a given city is doing. Among the indicators are: Low unemployment; high incomes; affordable housing; healthy population growth; access to health care; low taxes; low crime; easy to walk, bike, take transit; good weather; and strong arts and sports community.


A total of 209 cities across the nation were included in the rankings, with small, medium and large city rankings. Cranbrook, with a reported population of 26,058, is listed as a small city.

Of the 10 key aspects that make a great city, Cranbrook has two check marks for low unemployment and access to health care.

A check mark for a given category indicates the city finished in the top 25 percentile of the 209 cities.

Nearby Nelson makes an appearance on the list for the first time, coming in at 125th. No other Kootenay community makes the Money Sense list.

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The top ranked city in Canada this year is Boucherville, Que. and the bottom ranked city is New Glasgow, NS.

The top ranked B.C. city is North Vancouver, in ninth place. Cranbrook is the 20th best city in B.C. according to this list, behind Kelowna (84th overall in Canada) and ahead of Dawson Creek (113th).

In terms of major cities, Ottawa (second overall) is the top rated. Calgary is rated 19th overall, Lethbridge comes in at 77th and Medicine Hat is 55th.

To see the full rankings click HERE.

Lead image: East Kootenay Regional Hospital plays a big role in placing Cranbrook in the top 50% of cities in Canada. Ian Cobb/e-KNOW images


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