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Best place to live? Cities ranked. Port Coquitlam beat out Vancouver! But.. one left out

Port Coquitlam beat out Vancouver and almost every other municipality in the province on MoneySense magazine's annual rankings of Canada's Best Places to Live.
 

Port Coquitlam beat out Vancouver and almost every other municipality in the province on MoneySense magazine's annual rankings of Canada's Best Places to Live.

 

Port Coquitlam now has bragging rights over Vancouver - at least according to one survey.

The Tri-Cities city beat out Vancouver and almost every other municipality in the province on MoneySense magazine's annual rankings of Canada's Best Places to Live.

The hometown of Terry Fox finished 33rd overall on the list, 23 places higher than Coquitlam and 19 spots ahead of Vancouver.

In total, 200 cities were on the list.

Only North Vancouver finished higher than PoCo in B.C., ranking at 21.

PoCo Mayor Greg Moore said he was pleased with the recognition.

"Everybody that lives in Port Coquitlam knows that we're the best place to live, so when a third party validates what we work hard towards . it's the validation that we're working on," he told The NOW.

According to the magazine's website, this year the rankings used 33 categories to "get an even better picture of what life is like in each community."

Categories include average house price, days with rain, household income and the percentage of people with a new car.

Moore suggested some of the reasons PoCo placed so high on the list were the combination of quality of life - like recreational opportunities - and affordability.

The average house price in PoCo was listed at $410,000, compared to $882,000 in Vancouver and $1.4 million in West Vancouver, which finished four spots back in 37th place.

The mayor wasn't quite ready to rub the ranking in Vancouver's face, suggesting the results next year could go the other way.

However, Port Coquitlam MLA Mike Farnworth did take a jab at the big city, posting this tweet Wednesday: "Does it get any better?

Port Coquitlam beats out Vancouver in livable city rankings, those of us in PoCo knew it all along."

Oddly, Port Moody was left off the list.

The author of the list for MoneySense, Mike Brown, said he wasn't sure why the municipality was left out, noting the city had also been omitted from previous rankings.

"It [Port Moody] hasn't been on our list before, so that may have been an oversight from previous years," he said, noting the magazine works with research group Environics to compile the list.

The publication told The NOW it would find out why Port Moody wasn't included, but did not reply prior to press deadline.

As for Coquitlam, Mayor Richard Stewart was content with the ranking of 56th, but added he doesn't put much stock in the list.

He suggested the city scores well with residents on the municipality's own annual surveys.

"I think ultimately a community tries to focus on making things better for its residents, not making things better in the eyes of a city in Quebec or Ontario," Stewart said.

"I hear from our residents that we rank well, and that's what matters to me."

After living in Coquitlam all his life, the mayor said he's confident his city is the best place to live.

jdeutsch@thenownews.com



Read more: http://www.thenownews.com/news/Cities+ranked+left/8136513/story.html#ixzz2OJoyYkfv

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