Vancouver tops the list of best cities to live in North America for quality of living again in 2016 by consulting firm Mercer. It also ranks within the top 5 cities in the world! So why is Vancouver at the top of the list? Here we dive into some of the reasons why it’s great to live in Vancouver.
Vancouver has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Blessed with a close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, along with temperate rainforest flora, and glorious mountains, it truly is one of the most stunning places to see. It also contains the world-renowned Stanley Park – one of the largest parks in North America that attracts millions of visitors every year. The park is a bustling 1000 acres of paths, beaches, restaurants and gardens that also includes Canada’s largest aquarium.
It is rare to see the temperature drop below freezing or above 25 degrees in Vancouver. It has a pleasant year-round climate – warm and sunny summers and cool, wet winters. The occasional rain helps to keep the lush vegetation looking beautiful.
Safety and Cleanliness
Crime is very low in Vancouver. It is a safe place to live for Canadians and expats alike, whatever your ethnicity or gender. The city is also very clean with excellent air and water quality and pristine, well-kept streets.
There is no doubt about it – Vancouver has a strong multi-cultural and multi-ethnic community, with over half the population having a first language other than English. Considered a city of neighbourhoods with distinct ethnic character, you can enjoy venturing through Punjabi Market, Little Italy, Greektown, and Chinatown – renowned for being amongst one of the best in the world.
Business and Economy
As a major area of trade, Vancouver is a very important and busy port. Rated the third largest port in North America and the largest in Canada, Canadian goods are regularly exported from here to Asia and the USA. The port is also a major tourist hub, with cruise ships sailing out from here all throughout the year. Additionally, Vancouver is also the business capital of British Columbia, rich in resources and minerals, and an attractive city to many multinational corporations who wish to expand into North America.
Booming Real Estate Market
With the highest real estate prices in all of Canada, the market is so red-hot because it is such an attractive city to live in. This is especially true for foreign investors who wish to put their money into a bustling and desirable city.
It is very easy to get around Vancouver, especially if you take the Sky train that travels throughout the city and provides some fantastic views. Many people also live without owning cars and prefer to walk or cycle throughout the city.
If you love the great outdoors, Vancouver is the place to be! Located right on the ocean with a mountainous surround, you can partake in all different types of sports and leisurely activities. Plus, the year-round mild climate will allow you to take advantage of playing all year round.
Vancouver is a great place to live, from its culture to pristine beauty, there is so much to love and enjoy!