The Town of Richmond Hill is looking good – for those looking for an attractive place to live.
A survey just released by the Conference Board of Canada says Richmond Hill is one of the six best places to live and work in Canada.
It’s the only GTA community to make it in the top ranking.
The board based its ratings on features that make a community attractive to mobile populations: society, health, economy, environment, education, innovation and housing.
The survey, released today, compared Canadian cities on 43 indicators and placed Richmond Hill, along with Waterloo, Calgary, Ottawa, Vancouver and St. John’s, at the top.
“Each offers a unique combination of attributes that add up to a great place to live,” said the report, called City Magnets.
“Richmond Hill is boosted by strong results in education, innovation and society. It is the third-most diverse city in Canada and boasts the highest number of graduates in engineering, science and math per capita.”
Cities offering centres of innovation are valued the most when choosing where to live, the report said.
“Attracting skilled workers is crucial to Canada’s competitiveness,” said Alan Arcand, Centre for Municipal Studies. “Cities that fail to attract new people will struggle to stay prosperous and vibrant.”
The six top performers remain the most attractive cities to live for newcomers since the last City Magnets report in 2010.
Data is based on the 2011 Census and National Household Survey.
Each of the six cities which earned an overall “A” grade received high marks in at least two categories, and has attributes that draw people to its community such as a strong economy, a culture of innovation, or a high quality of life.
Other GTA municipalities – Toronto, Oakville, Markham, and Mississauga - ranked in the “B” category.
Vaughan received a “C” grade.
While companies in Richmond Hill have made “incredible progress” taking technnology ideas and commercializing them, Richmond Hill Mayor Dave Barrow says residents deserve the credit for putting the town at the top.
“People love living in Richmond Hill,” he said.
The town is unique in the way residents identify with their neighbourhoods or community name, rather than street coordinates, he said.
The cultural plan goes a long way towards connecting communities, as do events such as Heritage Day and Ribfest, he added.
“It leads to people sharing their neighbourhoods, getting out to the theatre and Mill Pond and park openings... It’s a welcoming community, very very inclusive, and people feel that
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