MoneySense skewers North Battleford again as a place to live

Once again, MoneySense doesn’t think much of North Battleford as a place to live.

The online personal finance magazine published its annual ranking of Canada’s Best Places to Live Wednesday. Out of 415 communities in Canada, North Battleford finished a dismal 333rd in 2018.

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It is the exact same overall finish as last year.

According to MoneySense’s methodology, North Battleford’s top features are low taxes, home affordability and health accessibility.

But the rest of the categories dragged down North Battleford’s score. The methodology used by MoneySense also considers factors such as demographics, the commute, weather, amenities, culture and community, wealth and economy and crime.

North Battleford also did not fare well in the regional categories. Among cities in the prairie provinces (Saskatchewan and Manitoba), North Battleford finished 19th out of 22. Among Saskatchewan cities alone, North Battleford was second from the bottom, ahead only of Yorkton.

The best city in the prairie region to live, according to MoneySense, is still Weyburn. This is the second year in a row Weyburn topped the region, but it did slip down in the national ranking to 33rd overall. Saskatoon finished second among prairie cities and 60th nationwide.

Overall, Oakville, Ont. was named the best place to live in all of Canada, with Ottawa second.



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