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:
- Burlington, ON
- Grimsby, ON
- Ottawa, ON
- Oakville, ON
- New Tecumseth, ON
- Salmon Arm, BC
- Brant, ON
- Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
- Russell, ON
- Tecumseh, ON
And, the Top 10 communities for families:
|Rank||Community||Province||% of population under the age 15|
We were also named:
- The third best community to retire in
- The 6th best community for new Canadians, with our friendly neighbours Niagara-on-the-Lake and Oakville also making the Top 5
- The 21st best community for weather
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|
|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.