Lacombe ranked 5th and Red Deer was 12th when it comes to the best places to live in Canada in 2018 according to MoneySense.
Other Central Alberta locations on the list of 415 places include Sylvan Lake ranked 41st, Red Deer County was 57th, Lacombe County was 119th, Clearwater County was 219, and Mountain View County was 384.
“We’re all very thrilled the numbers worked out the way they did,” said Lacombe Mayor Grant Creasey.
He said first and foremost, the people of Lacombe were the number one reason why the city was ranked so high. The local economy, affordable housing, a great selection of amenities, upcoming commercial and retail outlets, and a positive rapport with its police service also point to a healthy future for Lacombe.
He said Alberta and Central Alberta also did well with four places in the top dozen.
“It just points to Central Alberta being a pretty wonderful place to live.”
Lacombe, Red Deer and Sylvan Lake scored high in wealth and economy, affordability and demographics.
A total of 46 places in Alberta made the list and provincial ranking put Lacombe in the top spot, followed by Canmore and Camrose, and Red Deer in 4th place. Sylvan Lake was 10th, Red Deer County was 13th, Lacombe County was 22nd, Clearwater County was 35th, and Mountain View County was 46th.
Deputy Mayor Frank Wong said it’s really good to see Red Deer ranked 12th in the country and 4th in the province.
He said all the new construction for upcoming events like the 2019 Canada Winter Games has helped Red Deer’s economy turn the corner and people have taken notice.
“With the new construction on the highway by Gasoline Alley and at the college, people see that we’re growing,” Wong said.
He said the city was also pleased that Red Deer moved up about 300 spots on the list.
“This is great news. I think we’re going to move up some more yet.”
Lacombe jumped 294 spots in the ranking, Red Deer rose by 318, Sylvan Lake climbed 278, Red Deer County climbed 65, Lacombe County rose 107, Clearview County rose 189, and Mountain View County dropped 20 spots.