Why Calgary earns top rank among the best cities in the world to live

It’s no secret that the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) ranked Calgary, AB third in its annual ranking of the world’s most livable cities in 2022.

September 22, 2022
The city of Calgary skyline in fall

It’s no secret that the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) ranked Calgary, AB third in its annual ranking of the world’s most livable cities in 2022.

We may be biased as a Calgary and surrounding area new home builder, but we wholeheartedly agree that Calgary and our neighboring small towns are fantastic places to call home.

Here are a few reasons why we love our city.

Here’s why Calgary earns top rank among the best cities in the world to live.

1. Calgary is less expensive to live in than other major Canadian cities

Buying a home should not feel like an unattainable goal. Calgary homeowners appreciate average home prices that are significantly lower than those in Canada’s other major cities. Average selling price (September 2022):

  • Vancouver, BC: $1.4 million
  • Toronto, ON: $1.1 million
  • Ottawa, ON: $788,000
  • Calgary, AB: $506,900

Life is expensive enough. Mercer’s cost of living survey determined Calgary was the least expensive of the five major Canadian cities included on their 2022 list (Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, and Ottawa).

2. Alberta’s job market growth is leading the country

According to Calgary’s Economic Region’s August 2022 labour market review, Alberta is leading the way for Canadian job growth, accounting for 41% of the Canada’s growth this year.

3. Geographic perfection

Imagine living in a city where you can appreciate the beauty of the Rocky Mountains every day. Calgary is perfectly situated among surrounding prairies, rolling foothills, vast rivers, and the Canadian Rockies.

Downtown Calgary is located at the intersection of the Bow and Elbow rivers, providing plenty of space for residents to walk, run, bike, longboard, picnic, paddleboard, river surf, and kayak.

If being in nature is what you crave, Calgary is only a 40-minute drive to Bragg Creek, an hour to Kananaskis, an hour 15 minutes to Canmore and Banff National Park, two hours to Lake Louise, and under four hours to Jasper National Park.

Calgary is also surrounded by several charming small towns, including Okotoks, Airdrie, Cochrane, Chestermere, and Langdon.

4. Chinooks and plenty of sunshine

Winter is inevitable in Canada. Why not live in a city where it’s tolerable (dare we even say, enjoyable)? Although winter often overstays its welcome, Calgary’s winters tend to be milder, thanks to warm chinook winds rolling off the mountains.

What’s better than mild winters? Plenty of sunshine! Calgary has both, receiving an average of 2396 hours of sunshine and about 333 sunny days each year, according to the World Atlas. Nothing beats skiing, snowboarding, or ice skating in the warm chinook sun.

Chinooks and sunshine breathe life into Calgarians, energizing them to enjoy 8,500 hectares of parkland around the city. Prince’s Island Park, Shouldice Park, North/South Glenmore Reservoir, Fish Creek Provincial Park and Nose Hill Park are among the most popular.

5. Good food and entertainment

If you enjoy good food and a good time, Calgary is the place to be.

Calgary’s culinary scene recently made headlines in the Washington Post.

Every summer at the Calgary Stampede (a.k.a. The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth), visitors from all over the world come to enjoy the rodeo, music, fair, food, and…denim. For a full list of Calgary’s art, music, food, and cultural festivals, visit Life in Calgary.

Love a good sporting event? Calgary is home to the NHL Flames, CFL Stampeders and NLL Roughnecks.

6. Calgary is easy to navigate

For a city spanning over 848 square kilometers, Calgary is easy to navigate due to its well-paved major highways such as Stoney Trail, Deerfoot, Glenmore, and Crowchild.

Downtown Calgary is easily walkable, even in the winter, thanks to our Plus 15 walkways; it is bikeable with designated bike lanes; and offers good public transportation options via bus and C-Train.

We are also home to the Calgary International Airport, making it simple to travel to and from Calgary.

What’s not to love?

Our beloved city is known by many names, including “Cow Town,” “Stampede City,” “YYC,” and “Cal-gree,” but “home” will always be at the top of our list.

We would love to help make it your home, too.

About the Author: Bailee Schaetzle

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