Red Deer is 271st best place to live in Canada out of 415, according to Maclean’s

Lethbridge may now be the third largest city in Alberta, but according to Canada’s Best Communities list, Red Deer offers better quality of life.

Red Deer is somewhat in the middle of the pack, ranked at 271 best place to live in Canada, according to a new list by Maclean’s magazine, which compared 415 communities coast-to-coast.

In Alberta, St. Albert topped the list sitting at number 23, followed by Canmore in the 28th spot, Calgary in the 33rd and Edmonton at 79th place.

Lacombe is ahead of Red Deer sitting at number 204, followed by Okotoks at 205 and High River at 206.

Red Deer County took the 306th spot, followed by Medicine Hat at 310, Sylvan Lake in 315 and Lethbridge at 316.

Maclean’s ranked the 415 communities based on wealth and economy, affordability, demographics, taxes, commute, crime, weather, health, amenities and culture and community.

Maclean’s also provided three top features for each community. Red Deer’s top feature is commute, with affordability and taxes as second and third feature respectively.

Lethbridge’s top three features are amenities, demographics and commute.

Community advocate for Red Deer, Lyn Radford, says in everything is 10 minutes away in the city, so commute being the top feature does not surprise her.

“So the commute, taxes and affordability, and all of those things are really important, but a bit concerned that we didn’t rank a bit higher,” said Radford.

“I think, in overall across Canada, we really should be placing in the top 100 to 150, I think we have the opportunity to do that when you’re talking about across Canada,” said Radford, pointing to various things Red Deer offers such as opportunities for sport and recreation and park and recreation.

She said it’s unfair to compare Red Deer to Calgary and Edmonton, because Red Deer is a midsize city.

“I always like to have a friendly wager with Lethbridge, I always like a healthy, fun competition. But as Albertans we need to all grow together.”

The Maclean’s best communities listing gives readers to change the variables or “weightings” to come up with a personalized ranking. When the crime variable was set to most important on their website, and the rest of the variables remain the same, Red Deer takes 395th spot out of 415 communities across Canada.

Radford said given the geographic location of the city, sandwiched between two urban centres of the province, crime is something Red Deer will have to work on to improve quality of life.

She pointed the bulk of the province’s population is about two hours from Red Deer and that means we will always deal with crime.

As for improving life overall in Red Deer, the city resident noted there is work to be done economically and socially.

“Our municipal government is working on it, we’re going to need to get our unemployment rate down so people are able to spend dollars again in the community, that’s number one. We also have to work hard to balance the social piece of our community with the homeless situation and increase diversity,” she explained.

“Both of those things are important because we need to make sure we’re looking at all the citizens of Red Deer, not just select few.”



mamta.lulla@reddeeradvocate.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Just Posted

Still no confirmed active COVID-19 cases in Red Deer, central zone

There are still no confirmed active COVID-19 cases in Alberta’s central zone,… Continue reading

Self-cloning carp are in the Red Deer River — and could end up on fishing lines

These fish are hard to eradicate and are copious breeders

Lacombe County’s Sandy Point Beach reopens

Beach and washroom facilities opens on Friday

VIDEO: British Columbia bear takes a nap in eagle tree

Videos captured by Terry Eissfeldt shows the bear arriving Saturday night and sleeping in on Sunday

First Nations, environmentalists ask for restart of oilpatch monitoring

First Nations, environmentalists ask for restart of oilpatch monitoring

TSX ends three-day winning streak to start June despite rising crude

TSX ends three-day winning streak to start June despite rising crude

Airline stocks soar as American, United add back flights

Airline stocks soar as American, United add back flights

Red Deer selected to host 2021 pickleball nationals

The Red Deer Pickleball Club is riding high this week after receiving… Continue reading

Alberta Golf set to resume tournament play in June

McLennan Ross Alberta Golf Junior Tour starts July 2

Part II: Calkins says Canada can’t sustain long-term shutdown

Reopening Alberta now is a ‘difficult balancing question’

Don’t sacrifice our planet for the sake of the economy

“Never waste an opportunity offered by a good crisis.” Machiavelli, the author… Continue reading

Turnbull hopes hockey helmet-sticker fundraiser helps heal home province

Blayre Turnbull knows how it feels to lose a parent at a… Continue reading

Most Read