Housing affordability helps Ottawa-Gatineau top list of best place to live in 2011

Among the reasons was its affordable housing, reasoned the magazine. Although it points out average price of a home has jumped 4.9% since last year to reach $302,000, the city also has one of the highest incomes in the country.

The rest of the top 10 in order were Victoria, B.C.; Burlington, Ont.; Kingston, Ont.; St. Albert, Alta.; Fredericton, N.B.; Brandon, Man.; Edmonton, Alta.; Repentigny, Que.; and Winnipeg, Man.

Rounding out the very bottom at 180th was New Glasgow in Nova Scotia, which the magazine ranked as having some of the worst weather and one of the lower household incomes, despite having affordable housing.

The rest of the bottom of the list, ranking from 179 to 170, was Bay Roberts, Nfld.; Val-d’Or, Que.;  Williams Lake, B.C.; Quesnel, B.C.; Campbell Riber, B.C.; Norfolk, Ont.; Summerside, P.E.I.; Port Alberni, B.C.;  La Tuque, Que.; and Cape Breton, N.S.

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