Living in Alberta
Over the last five years the province of Alberta has seen it’s population skyrocket due to people coming to the province to find work. The oil sands in Fort McMurray have been a popular landing spot for those making the move to the province, but it isn’t the greatest place for you to be situated if you’re going to be in Alberta with your family. “Fort Mac” is one of the more pricier cities in Alberta. We’ve taken a look at some statistics and compiled a list of the Best Cities to Live in Alberta.
1. St. Albert
The city of St. Albert is ranked one of the best places to live in all of Canada and it’s for good reason. It’s a medium sized city, so you don’t need to deal with all the extra traffic and all of the extra people. Although, it’s not a big city, living in St. Albert you will not be far from the big city of Edmonton. Think of it as having the best of both worlds, but you only have to appreciate the other world when you want to. The 70,000+ residents of St. Albert will tell you that they are there to stay as they know they are living in one of the best cities that Canada has to offer.
Average Price of Home: $396,270
Unemployment rate: 3.78%
Crime Rate per 100,000: 5,5556.9
If you like the big city with all the amenities that can be offered, Calgary is a great choice for you and your family. The city of Calgary has over 1.4 million people residing within it and is the largest city the province of Alberta has to offer. As a resident in Calgary, you’ll have no problem finding activities to do with your free time. Annual events like the Calgary Stampede bring people from all over the world to the city to enjoy the rodeo, exhibition, and festival.
Average Price of Home: $473,333
Unemployment rate: 4.67%
Crime Rate per 100,000: 4,366.2
3. Strathcona County
Strathcona County is perfect for those who enjoy the fine balance of a rural and an urban territory. For this reason, the area of Strathcona County is a specialized municipality as it does a fine job of supporting the needs of those living in the rural area of the city as well as those who live in the urban portion of the city. In a city where the crime rate and the unemployment rate is low, there is no doubt that it is one of the best places to live in Alberta, and Canada as well.
Average Price of Home: $433,670
Unemployment rate: 3.69%
Crime Rate per 100,000: 3,453.7
If you’re about the outdoors lifestyle and enjoy picturesque scenary, Canmore is the place you and your family want to be living. The town of Canmore is located just west of the big city of Calgary, but is also on the boundary of Banff National Park. Canada’s oldest national park offers a beautiful view of the Rocky Mountains, and some of the most gorgeous lakes in the world.
Average Price of Home: $753,354
Unemployment rate: 4.68%
Crime Rate per 100,000: 7,285.7
5. Medicine Hat
The city of Medicine Hat is located in the southern region of Alberta and is the sixth largest city in the province. The city is known for its natural gas fields gaining the nickname “The Gas City”. As you can probably assume, a large supporter of the economy is the natural gas fields. Medicine Hat is also host to Canada’s only interprovincial park, the Cypress Hills which is located in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Average Price of Home: $250,170
Unemployment rate: 6.57%
Crime Rate per 100,000: 6,578.3
Did we miss any cities? Let us know your favourite city to live in Alberta.