This post originally appeared at MoneySense.
Canadians are proud of their hometowns—and rightfully so. From abroad, many would say we’re all fortunate to live anywhere in this vast, lucky nation. That’s why MoneySense’s annual Best Places to Live in Canada is really an exercise in finding the best of the best. MoneySense has strong feelings about what makes a city a great place to live. Above all else it should be prosperous, but affordable. It should also be safe and easy to get around, with plenty of amenities. And nice weather helps, because who wants to wear a parka eight months of the year? Tracking the data for hundreds of Canadian cities is a major undertaking, which is why we turn to Environics Analytics and other partners to create the most comprehensive data set we can. Many cities offer a comfortable place to hang your hat if money is no object, but the greatest places are the ones where the entire community thrives.
Check out MoneySense’s full rankings here.
Our photo gallery below looks at the best cities for new Canadians. Those looking to start a new life in Canada should place these 10 cities high on their list. What do they have in common? Well-paying jobs, low unemployment rates and plenty of affordable rental properties. They’re also culturally diverse, increasing the odds that recent immigrants will forge new connections in the community.
10. Guelph, Ont.
Estimated Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Immigrants As % of Population: 17%
Average Rent For 2-Bedroom Apartment: $1,027
For more information, see the full data set on Guelph.