Maclean’s Magazine Names Burlington the #1 City in Canada


We would like to thank the good people at Maclean’s Magazine for validating what we already knew: Burlington is the best community in Canada and the best place to raise kids.

Maclean’s recently published their list of the best communities in Canada, and would you look at that, Burlington was named the #1 Community in Canada AND the #1 Community For Families. Now we’re blushing.

The Top 10 Overall:

  1. Burlington, ON
  2. Grimsby, ON
  3. Ottawa, ON
  4. Oakville, ON
  5. New Tecumseth, ON
  6. Salmon Arm, BC
  7. Brant, ON
  8. Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
  9. Russell, ON
  10. Tecumseh, ON

 And, the Top 10 communities for families:

Rank Community Province % of population under the age 15
1BurlingtonON17%
2LaSalleON18%
3OakvilleON18%
4BlainvilleQC19%
5MiltonON25%
6RussellON20%
7Vaudreuil-DorionQC23%
8Deux-MontagnesQC17%
9AuroraON18%
10OttawaON18%

We were also named: 

Not too bad for our little ol’ community.

The Best Place to Raise a Family

This is something we have been touting for years. In Burlington, mom and dad can find great careers by commuting to Toronto, or working in our growing economy. 

At the same time, we offer top-notch schools at every level for the kids. Plus there is a thriving art scene, plenty of local amenities and lots to do on the weekends.

But, to fully assess why Burlington is the best community for families, Maclean’s looked at a number of factors, such as:

Percentage of families with children:47%
Median monthly infant daycare fees in closest major city/region:1497
Median monthly toddler daycare fees in closest major city/region:1156
Percentage of population employed in arts and recreation:2.30%
Community index (higher is better):111
Percentage of population that walks to work:1.90%
Percentage of population that bikes to work:0.50%
Percentage of population that takes transit to work:5.00%
Days per year with rain or snow:136
Days per year above 0C:239
Days per year above 20C:125
Population:197381
Five-year population change:5.40%
March 2019 economic region unemployment rate:4.70%
Median household income:$101,448
Average household discretionary income:$63,511
Average household net worth:$1,099,461
Average value of primary real estate:$887,657
Home price to income ratio:7.08

Why Burlington is Officially The Best

We could go on and on all day about this wonderful community. But, Maclean’s called us a “hybrid location that gives residents the option to commute or work within its limits.”

What they mean by our hybrid location is that we are mainly grouped in with the Hamilton-Niagara region, but our proximity to Toronto leads many to consider us part of the GTA. We’re really the best of both.

We are a quick drive or train ride to either Toronto’s downtown core or the Niagara Escarpment. We have your choice of skyscrapers or vineyards, less than an hour away in either direction.

Overall, we ranked in the top 25% in six out of 10 categories.

Come See For Yourself

If you don’t know why Burlington is the best community in Canada, you clearly don’t live here yet. Let’s fix that!

We know Burlington and we specialize in matching families with the perfect home in the perfect neighbourhood. Let us show you how we can exceed your expectations, while staying within your budget.

Click here to see what’s for sale in Burlington right now, or click here to contact us.


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