FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   |   March, 21, 2012

ST. ALBERT RANKS HIGH IN NATIONAL POLL ON BEST CANADIAN CITIES TO LIVE
MoneySense Magazine's Canada's Best Places to Live 2012 Rankings

St. Albert is the top third city to find a job, top fifth to raise a family, top 12th to live and top 47th to retire, according to MoneySense magazine’s 2012 poll of the country’s best places to live.

“St. Albert City and Council are committed to making our city the best place for families,” says Mayor Nolan Crouse. “While the rankings can be interpreted in many different ways and are not a complete representation of what matters most, what they do tell us is that St. Albert is considered among the best places in Canada to live – in fact, compared to cities of similar size, we’re ranked number five. We are proud to be among the top-rated cities.”

“We are happy with the rankings overall, but an outcome we wish to see from the economic development focus is more work opportunities locally. Whereas St. Albert was weak on the criteria of biking to work -- as around 60 per cent of people commute to Edmonton -- we have fantastic biking paths in the city, but these are recreational. With the number of seniors steadily increasing in our community, affordable housing is a priority for Council, and with our current situation, it is an area that worked against us in this ranking.”

Canada’s Best Places to Live 2012 ranked 190 cities and towns, up from 180 last year, in Canada by 22 separate categories including housing, income taxes, household income, weather, population growth, crime, amenities and culture, and provided a snapshot of the benefits and drawbacks of urban communities in Canada.  The magazine article and related information is available online at www.moneysense.ca/2012/03/20/canadas-best-places-to-live-2012/

This year’s list included new categories: Best Places to Retire, Best Places to Raise Kids and Best Places to Find Jobs.

For more information about the City of St. Albert, visit www.stalbert.ca.

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