Maclean’s Magazine ranks Langford the best community in B.C.

Maclean's Magazine ranks Langford the best community in B.C.

The City of Langford has once again been nationally recognized as being a standout community in British Columbia, most recently topping a list by Maclean’s Magazine.

The established publication outlet has listed Langford as the best community in British Columbia to live and the 18th most livable place in the country.

The report from Maclean’s took into account affordability,population growth, taxes, crime, amenities, health, community, weather, and internet access in order to build out their national ranking as well as factoring in those communities where residents could work and study from home.

“This is a proud moment for the residents of Langford,” said Langford Mayor Stew Young. “Through strong partnerships with the business, recreation and development community, the City of Langford has been able to keep property taxes low, allowing residents an affordable and well-rounded quality of life. We are now focusing on arts and culture projects, one of which we will be announcing in the coming weeks. Council is still focused on bringing a world-class theatre to Langford, and I am confident we will make it happen.”

Coming in directly behind Langford in the B.C. rankings were three other Vancouver Island communities as well. Central Saanich was in second (23 in the country), Sidney ranked third (25 in the country) and Saanich was listed as the fourth best community in B.C. (29 in the country).

The full report ranked 415 communities based on quantifiable metrics provided to Maclean’s by Environics Analytics and the Canadian Internet Registration Authority.

When piecing together the rankings, Maclean’s said that it put more stock into categories that they felt were most important to the average person.

“The question of where to live when you can work from anywhere is exactly what Maclean’s set out to answer with its post-pandemic version of our Best Communities ranking,” reads the report.

The publication also emphasized that they added broadband performance — based on data from CIRA that has never before been released to the public — as a cause of the pandemic and more people working from home.

“In the original version of the ranking, suburbs of Toronto and Vancouver performed very well because the job opportunities afforded by proximity to the big city were worth the high housing prices—a calculus that does not apply to people who can work anywhere. However, the remote-worker version of the ranking recognizes that, even in a pandemic, there are lots of other benefits to urban living.”

Based on these factors, Halifax, Nova Scotia, came out on top as the best community in Canada.

Earlier this year, RATESDOTCA also acknowledged Langford, listing it as the Most Liveable City in Canada.

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