Best Places to Live in Canada in 2022


Canada is filled with beautiful places to live and work from coast to coast, yet there’s no doubt that affordability varies considerably between cities and even provinces. We took a look at the best places to buy a home based on average house prices versus median household income, and developed this Top 10 list of the best places to live in Canada in 2022. 

Of course, there are other important factors to consider, so we’ve also included extra information below to help you decide where to move if you’re thinking about relocating this year!

*Please note that the numbers displayed below were last updated in February 2022*

#1 Moncton

Moncton is continually growing, with an increasing number of people moving here from other parts of Canada to take advantage of the lower house prices and cost of living. Surrounded by natural beauty, and the commercial hub of the Maritimes, Moncton appeals to a vast array of people who call the city home.

Population: 71,899

Median Household Income: $74,240

Average Home Price: $213,000

Best City for: People who appreciate the friendly Atlantic Canada vibe.

Worst City for: People who don’t enjoy harsh winters.

City

Moncton, New Brunswick

Population (2016)

71,899

Land Area (km2)

141.92

Population density (per km2)

506.5

Minimum wage

$11.70

Median household income (2017)

$74,240

Unemployment rate (Feb 2020)

5.3%

Unemployment rate (Jul 2020)

8.2%

Average house price

$213,000

Average monthly rent (1 bed)

$883

Estimated cost of living (single person, with rent)

$1,924

Crime rate (incidents per 100,000)

8,220

Median age

45

Average yearly rainfall

842mm

Average yearly snowfall

282cm

Temperature high and low

35C to -34C

#2 St John’s

St John’s is the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador. Its harbour was settled by the British in the 1600s. Downtown is known for its colourful row houses. Above the city is Signal Hill with walking trails and the site of the first transatlantic wireless communication, Cabot Tower, which commemorates John Cabot’s discovery of Newfoundland.

Population: 108,860

Median Household Income: $69,455

Average Home Price: $239,500

Best City for: People who appreciate the friendly fishing culture and oceanside living.

Worst City for: People who don’t enjoy lots of snow.

City

St John’s, Newfoundland

Population (2016)

108,860

Land Area (km2)

445.88

Population density (per km2)

244.1

Minimum wage

$11.65

Median household income (2017)

$69,455

Unemployment rate (Feb 2020)

8.1%

Unemployment rate (Jul 2020)

11.7%

Average house price

$239,500

Average monthly rent (1 bed)

$854

Estimated cost of living (single person, with rent)

$2,264

Crime rate (incidents per 100,000)

5,508

Median age

40.4

Average yearly rainfall

1,157mm

Average yearly snowfall

234cm

Temperature high and low

28C to -20C

#3 Edmonton

Edmonton is the fifth largest city in Canada and the capital of Alberta. It’s one of the youngest and fastest-growing cities in the country. Edmonton is located on the North Saskatchewan River and is the northernmost city in North America. 

Population: 932,546

Median Household Income: $87,225

Average Home Price: $319,900

Best City for: People who enjoy fine cuisine as Edmonton is popular for diverse culinary offerings.

Worst City for: People who don’t enjoy a younger crowd.

City

Edmonton, Alberta

Population (2016)

932,546

Land Area (km2)

685.25

Population density (per km2)

1,360.9

Minimum wage

$15.00

Median household income (2017)

$87,225

Unemployment rate (Feb 2020)

7.8%

Unemployment rate (Jul 2020)

15%

Average house price

$319,900

Average monthly rent (1 bed)

$910

Estimate cost of living (single person, with rent)

$2,356

Crime rate (incidents per 100,000)

8,779

Median age

35.7

Average yearly rainfall

383mm

Average yearly snowfall

107cm

Temperature high and low

23C to -36C

#4 Quebec City

Population: 531,902

Median Household Income: $66,200

Average Home Price: $254,700

Best City for: People who appreciate culture and historic areas.

Worst City for: People who don’t have strong French skills. Quebec City is a very francophone place.

City

Quebec City, Quebec

Population (2016)

531,902

Land Area (km2)

453.38

Population density (per km2)

1,173.2

Minimum wage

$13.10

Median household income (2017)

$66,200

Unemployment rate (Feb 2020)

4.1%

Unemployment rate (Jul 2020)

8.6%

Average house price

$254,700

Average monthly rent (1 bed)

$883

Estimated cost of living (single person, with rent)

$2,009

Crime rate (incidents per 100,000)

3,075

Median age

N/A

Average yearly rainfall

899mm

Average yearly snowfall

303cm

Temperature high and low

35C to -36C

#5 Saint John 

Saint John is a city on the Bay of Fundy. It’s known for the Reversing Rapids, a phenomenon caused by bay tides colliding with the Saint John River. Food and craft stalls fill the Saint John City Market, in an 1876 building. On a peninsula nearby, trails wind through Irving Nature Park’s salt marshes, volcanic rock and forests. The 1913 Imperial Theatre stages plays, concerts and dance. 

Population: 67,575

Median Household Income: $52,132

Average Home Price: $200,961

Best City for: People who want the cheapest place to buy a home.

Worst City for: People who don’t enjoy long, cold winters.

City

Saint John, New Brunswick

Population (2016)

67,575

Land Area (km2)

315.96

Population density (per km2)

213.9

Minimum wage

$11.70

Median household income (2017)

$52,132

Unemployment rate (Feb 2020)

7.0%

Unemployment rate (Jul 2020)

9.8%

Average house price

$200,961

Average monthly rent (1 bed)

$814

Estimated cost of living (single person, with rent)

$2,016

Crime rate (incidents per 100,000)

4,215

Median age

44.2

Average yearly rainfall

1,076mm

Average yearly snowfall

239cm

Temperature high and low

34C to -34C

#6 Calgary

Calgary is a cosmopolitan Alberta city with numerous skyscrapers, owing its rapid growth to its status as the centre of Canada’s oil industry. It’s still, however, steeped in the western culture that earned it the nickname “Cowtown,” evident in the Calgary Stampede, its massive July rodeo and festival that grew out of the farming exhibitions once presented there. 

Population: 1,239,220

Median Household Income: $97,334

Average Home Price: $410,000

 

Best City for: People who enjoy both city and country living in one.

Worst City for: People who don’t enjoy having an economy heavily influenced by the energy sector.

City

Calgary, Alberta

Population (2016)

1,239,220

Land Area (km2)

825.56

Population density (per km2)

1,501.1

Minimum wage

$15.00

Median household income (2017)

$97,334

Unemployment rate (Feb 2020)

7.4%

Unemployment rate (Jul 2020)

15.5%

Average house price

$410,000

Average monthly rent (1 bed)

$1,186

Estimate cost of living (single person, with rent)

$2,406

Crime rate (incidents per 100,000)

6,176

Median age

36.6

Average yearly rainfall

403mm

Average yearly snowfall

129cm

Temperature high and low

31C to -32C

#7 Charlottetown

Charlottetown is the capital of Prince Edward Island and is situated on the southern coast of the province. The Province House National Historic Site hosted the Charlottetown Conference of 1864, spurring the country’s birth. Victoria Row has shops, restaurants and the Confederation Centre of the Arts, with its musical based on “Anne of Green Gables.” Nearby is the Gothic Revival St Dunstan’s Basilica.

Population: 36,094

Median Household Income: $53,736

Average Home Price: $277,000

 

Best City for: People who enjoy a quaint, friendly atmosphere.

Worst City for: People who don’t enjoy bridges or living on an island.

City

Charlottetown, PEI

Population (2016)

36,094

Land Area (km2)

44.34

Population density (per km2)

814.1

Minimum wage

$12.85

Median household income (2017)

$53,736

Unemployment rate (Feb 2020)

7.8%

Unemployment rate (Jul 2020)

13.6%

Average house price

$277,000

Average monthly rent (1 bed)

$1,350

Estimate cost of living (single person, with rent)

$2,093

Crime rate (incidents per 100,000)

N/A

Median age

42.8

Average yearly rainfall

1,170mm

Average yearly snowfall

224cm

Temperature high and low

31C to -19C

#8 Hamilton

Hamilton is a Canadian port city on the western tip of Lake Ontario. The Niagara Escarpment, a huge, forested ridge known locally as “the mountain” and dotted with conservation areas and waterfalls, divides the city. The long-distance Bruce Trail runs along the escarpment. HMCS Haida, a naval warship on the city’s lakefront, and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in the south, trace Canada’s military past. 

Population: 536,917

Median Household Income: $88,124

Average Home Price: $504,101

Best City for: People who enjoy upcoming hot spots.

Worst City for: People who don’t enjoy hills and one-way streets.

City

Hamilton, Ontario

Population (2016)

536,917

Land Area (km2)

1,117.29

Population density (per km2)

480.6

Minimum wage

$14.00

Median household income (2017)

$88,124

Unemployment rate (Feb 2020)

4.9%

Unemployment rate (Jul 2020)

11.3%

Average house price

$504,101

Average monthly rent (1 bed)

$1,367

Estimated cost of living (single person, with rent)

$2,280

Crime rate (incidents per 100,000)

3,953

Median age

49.1

Average yearly rainfall

516mm

Average yearly snowfall

97cm

Temperature high and low

29C to -23C

#9 Ottawa

Ottawa is Canada’s capital, located in the eastern part of southern Ontario near the city of Montreal and the US border. Sitting on the Ottawa River, it has at its centre Parliament Hill, with grand Victorian architecture and museums such as the National Gallery of Canada, with noted collections of indigenous and other Canadian art. The park-lined Rideau Canal is filled with boats in summer and ice-skaters in winter. 

Population: 934,243

Median Household Income: $85,981

Average Home Price: $575,600

Best City for: People who enjoy celebrating Canadian culture, including a huge Canada Day display complete with incredible fireworks.

Worst City for: People who don’t enjoy a small city atmosphere, despite its higher population.

City

Ottawa, Ontario

Population (2016)

934,243

Land Area (km2)

2,790.3

Population density (per km2)

334.8

Minimum wage

$14.00

Median household income (2017)

$85,981

Unemployment rate (Feb 2020)

4.2%

Unemployment rate (Jul 2020)

9.2%

Average house price

$575,600

Average monthly rent (1 bed)

$1,600

Estimated cost of living (single person, with rent)

$2,784

Crime rate (incidents per 100,000)

3,898

Median age

40.1

Average yearly rainfall

882mm

Average yearly snowfall

279cm

Temperature high and low

34C to -26C

#10 London

London is in southwestern Ontario, just north of Lake Erie and the US border, and home to the University of Western Ontario. Among the city’s range of museums are Museum London, a showcase for regional art and historical artefacts, and the interactive Children’s Museum. The city centre features numerous parks and greenways along the Thames River. 

Population: 383,822

Median Household Income: $62,011

Average Home Price: $484,884

Best City for: People who enjoy nature by the city.

Worst City for: People who don’t enjoy a university town.

City

London, Ontario

Population (2016)

383,822

Land Area (km2)

420.35

Population density (per km2)

913.1

Minimum wage

$14.00

Median household income (2017)

$62,011

Unemployment rate (Feb 2020)

4.9%

Unemployment rate (Jul 2020)

10.5%

Average house price

$484,884

Average monthly rent (1 bed)

$1,230

Estimated cost of living (single person, with rent)

$2,202

Crime rate (incidents per 100,000)

5,963

Median age

39.3

Average yearly rainfall

846mm

Average yearly snowfall

194cm

Temperature high and low

33C to -25C

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