Fort St. John up, Dawson Creek down in Best Places to Live rankings

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Fort St. John has jumped into the top 50 places to live in Canada, according to a new report released by a national financial magazine.

Fort St. John ranks 47th overall in MoneySense Magazine’s Best Places to Live report released earlier this week.
It’s a dramatic jump from the 97th place ranking it earned from the magazine in 2014.

The report, which includes 209 small, mid-sized and large cities across Canada, ranks cities across 34 categories based on information mined from census and demographic data from Statistics Canada and Environics Analytics.

The magazine ranks Fort St. John in the top 25 percentile of all 209 cities in terms of low unemployment, high incomes, low taxes, and population growth.

The report estimates the city’s unemployment rate at just 2.84 per cent, with a median household income of $105,345. The population of the city has spiked nearly 7.5 per cent since 2010, the report noted, and average taxes around $2,775.

Meanwhile, Dawson Creek saw itself drop to 113th place, down from 73rd spot in 2014.

Grande Prairie also took a tumble, ranked at 107th place this year, a considerable drop from its 51st place finish in 2014.

The report notes Dawson Creek’s low unemployment rate, estimated to be 3.22 per cent, and its low taxes, estimated around $2,185.

Overall, Boucherville, Que., scored first place in the rankings.

North and West Vancouver, Delta, Saanich, and Comox all cracked the top 25.

The full report can be found here.

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