Cornwall slips one spot in ‘Best Places’ ranking

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CORNWALL – The Seaway City has slipped one position in Canada’s Best Places to Live ranking for 2015.

The list compiled by MoneySense magazine looked at 209 municipalities with the aim of giving people an idea of the livability of various places in the country.

The magazine uses several sources of data including Environics Analytics and Statistics Canada.

Cornwall came in this year in 174, down one ranking spot from 2014 (173).

The city got good marks for the affordability of housing, low taxes, accessibility by walking, cycling or transit, and good weather.

While MoneySense didn’t tag the city as “low crime”, Cornwall’s crime rate was down 9.9 per cent over a five year period.

The analysis of Cornwall shows nearly 65 per cent of people own a home, nearly 36 per cent rent and nearly five per cent of the population are in the health care field.

The median household income is $54,186 while the average property tax bill was $1,598, representing 2.4 per cent of overall income.

Nearly one in five people in Cornwall have a car that’s 2012 or newer. With it’s accessibility, 6.3 per cent people get to work by walking, 3.8 per cent use public transit and 1.2 per cent cycle to work.

Montreal suburb takes top spot

Boucherville, Que. took the top position, a mostly French-speaking community across the river from Montreal.

With the exception of one community, small and medium cities in Eastern Ontario took a far greater hit in the rankings than Cornwall.

Brockville was 140 (up five spots), Kingston was 37 (down 26 positions) and Belleville was 159 (down 27 positions).

As for large cities near SD&G, Ottawa was number two (up two positions) and Montreal was 161 on the list (up eight spots).

You can review all the rankings by clicking here.

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