Orillia ranked 66th best place to live in Canada

Posted on Wednesday March 20, 2013
Orillia Lake Front

The City of Orillia has moved up 13 spots in the 2013 edition of MoneySense Magazine’s best places to live.

Overall, Orillia ranked 66th out of the 200 Canadian cities surveyed this year, up from 79th in last year’s survey.

"It’s great to see that we have moved up in the rankings this year," said Dan Landry, the city's manager of economic development. "We have a number of positive factors contributing to the survey. It’s a credit to the business community and to the many groups and organizations working on a daily basis to make Orillia a great place to live.”

MoneySense, a personal finance and lifestyle magazine, ranks communities with populations of more than 10,000 in its annual "best places to live" report.

Cities were rated in a number of categories, including: the percentage of people who walk or bike to work; weather; population growth; unemployment; housing; household income; crime and the number of doctors per 1,000 people.

The tabulators then calculate those findings into a point system to determine the City’s overall ranking.

Orillia’s best ranking is in the number of doctors per 1,000 residents category, where the City currently ranks 34th in the nation.

“The efforts of our local physician recruitment committee are obviously paying off and contributing to the quality of life we enjoy in our community,” said Landry. “This is largely a volunteer driven initiative. So it also speaks to the quality of volunteers we have in and around the City.”

Opportunity for investment is also a factor in the report. Orillia has been rated among the top 10 cities in Ontario for real estate investment opportunities five of the past six years.

For more information on the rankings, visit www.moneysense.ca.