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Fort St. John drops in Best Places to Live rankings

As time progresses, Fort St. John is apparently becoming less of an ideal place to reside in. An annual ranking report by Money Sense Magazine, which evaluates the most ideal places to live in Canada based on a number of criteria, showed that this year Fort St. John continues to decline in the rankings as a one of Canada’s best places to live.

The release of the 2012 numbers indicate that Fort St. John dropped yet again in the rankings from its 2011 position, dropping from the 111th spot, to its current ranking of 125th.

The drop in ranking is a continuing trend for the Energetic City, which dropped from 77th to 111th from 2010 to 2011.

The ranking is based on a number of categories, such as Walk/Bike to work, where Fort St. John ranked 86th, Average Housing Price, in which the Energetic City ranked 121st, and received a ranking of 38th in Household Income. According to the statistics provided, the average price of homes in Fort St. John was listed at $299,700.

Unlike Fort St. John, Dawson Creek saw improvements in their 2012 rankings, jumping from 103rd in 2011 to a current ranking of 89th. One area the city specifically jumped was in its rankings of Average House Price, improving from 72nd to 83rd.

Grande Prairie also experienced a significant improvement in its ranking as a desirable place to live. This year, the city ranked 95th, compared to its 2011 ranking of 129th.    

The 2012 top five places to live in Canada include Ottawa in first, followed by Burlington, Kingston, Halifax, and Regina.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the least desirable place to live in Canada was New Glasgow, followed by Williams Lake, Kawartha Lake, Truro and Port Alberni.

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