Where Should I Live When I Move to Quebec City?

Where Should I Live When I Move to Quebec City?

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Key Highlights

  • Quebec City is a great place to live and offers so many options depending on your lifestyle, your type of household, and your budget. 
  • Many are attracted to Quebec City for its cheaper cost of living and overall safety compared to Montreal or the rest of Canada.
  • Quebec City is known for its quaint cobblestone streets, European architecture and fortifications. A piece of Europe in Canada with the great outdoors on its doorstep.

Best Neighborhoods to Live When Moving to Quebec City

Source:  areavibes.com

If you’re planning to buy a house and move to Quebec City, you’ll need to consider a number of factors before picking the right neighborhood for you and your lifestyle. All of Quebec City’s neighborhoods are well connected to each other and have their own charm and positive points. You’ll find below our list of Quebec City’s most popular neighborhoods with more information on their demographics, home price and the median household income of the people living in each of these neighborhoods.  

Quebec City median home price:  $271,124
Quebec City median household income:  $72,319
Cost of living in Quebec City is 21% lower than the national average

Limoilou

Our first stop is Limoilou, one of the oldest neighborhoods of Quebec City and most certainly the most popular with young professionals and entrepreneurs. It’s a popular area for its wide range of bakeries, bars, cafés and restaurants.

If you love walking outdoors, you’ll love the Linear park of the Saint-Charles river – a 2-mile (4,500-step) route stretching along the Saint-Charles riverbanks. Another one of the landmarks of this neighborhood is the Distillerie Stadaconé located on 2nd Street, close to the river.

Popular neighborhood for young professionals and young families.

Median home price: $225,157
Median household income: $43,031
Cost of living is 27% lower than the national average

Old Québec

This is the old part of the town with its fortifications, cobblestone streets and where you’ll find many of the city’s most Instagrammable spots. Walking within the city walls of Old Quebec will take you 400 years back in time. This part of town is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site and the home of many landmarks such as the Château Frontenac, Petit-Champlain, the old port and Parliament Hill. This is an area where you may find some of the most expensive homes in town.

Popular neighborhood for families.

Median home price: $362,360
Median household income: $53,716
Cost of living is 21% lower than the national average

Montcalm

Montcalm is known as the art district and is great for families because of its lively atmosphere with many theaters, museums and art galleries. Montcalm has a wide range of places to go and eat at any time of the day from lively patios in the summer to cozy coffee shops in winter after a day at the imposing Fine Arts museum, ‘Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ)’.

Popular neighborhood for art lovers and families.

Median home price: $370,677
Median household income: $65,962
Cost of living is 21% lower than the national average

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Saint-Roch

Saint-Roch is right in the heart of the downtown area with many fine dining restaurants of local and international cuisine. It’s definitely a trendy neighborhood to spend time in. Its location, vibrant feel, working class past and slightly lower price of living make it popular with young professionals.
Saint-Roch is home to the peaceful ‘Jean-Paul L’Allier’ gardens with its man-made waterfall, and the Saint-Roch church nearby.

Popular neighborhood for singles and young professionals.

Median home price: $223,778
Median household income: $37,928
Cost of living is 27% lower than the national average

Saint-Sauveur

Saint-Sô, as the locals call it, is an up-and-coming neighborhood located just outside the inner city walls. Those moving to this area love the strong community spirit of its residents and take every opportunity to get together. There are plenty of cafés, indie shops, open air markets and restaurants. 

Popular neighborhood for young people.

Median home price: $234,560
Median household income: $40,121
Cost of living is 27% lower than the national average

Cap-Rouge

This neighborhood is great for families because it’s a little further away from downtown and it has many great schools nearby. Cap-Rouge boasts many pathways along the river, it’s the perfect neighborhood to practice watersports. Those choosing to live in this neighborhood enjoy the direct access to the river while still being close to the city.

Popular neighborhood for families and nature lovers.

Median home price: $374,480 
Median household income: $118,933
Cost of living is 21% lower than the national average

Beauport

Beauport is located in the northern part of Quebec City and is the oldest European founded community in Canada. Its rich past means that there are many historic buildings in the area.  If you move to Beauport, you are guaranteed to enjoy many festivals on your doorstep, such as the ‘Festival Folklorique’, the spring Festival ‘Salon de Mai’ and the ‘Festival d’été de Québec’, to name a few.

Popular neighborhood for families.

Median home price: $250,497
Median household income: $92,405
Cost of living is 21% lower than the national average

Sillery

Set on the shores of the Saint Lawrence river, Sillery is an upscale residential neighborhood with many outdoor opportunities. One of its main attractions is the Bois-de-Coulogne park, which hosts historic buildings, woods and gardens. If you’re looking for a detached house and your budget allows, then Sillery is a great neighborhood to move it.

Popular neighborhood for families.

Median home price: $532,694
Median household income: $106,825
Cost of living is 14% lower than the national average

Sainte-Foy

Once an independent city, Sainte-Foy is now a major suburban neighborhood west of downtown Quebec City. This neighborhood is very attractive for its proximity to the airport, the Laval university and for being the economic heart of the city with many companies having their headquarters there.

Popular neighborhood for professionals.

Median home price: $295,586
Median household income: $68,364
Cost of living is 24% lower than the national average

Final Thoughts

The variety of neighborhoods offered by Quebec City makes it a city for all lifestyles. One of its main assets remains its security and what makes many Canadians decide to settle in this charming city. Its strong French-speaking identity is also a very attractive point for newcomers.

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