Prince Rupert up slightly in MoneySense ranking

MoneySense Magazine published its list of the best and worst places to live in Canada last week.

Prince Rupert found itself again near the bottom of the list, ranking 163 out of 180, although this is an improvement over last year when the city found itself as one of the 10 worst places to live.

That being said, according to the magazine’s calculation of job opportunities in the city, Prince Rupert ties for second-last in the entire country with Bay Roberts, a small town of 5,000 people in Newfoundland. Prince Rupert managed to squeak ahead of Miramichi in New Brunswick, which is the place with the fewest job prospects of any community on the list.

Prince Rupert also has one of the highest crime rates on the list as well, landing three spots away from having the highest, right behind Quesnel.

Prince Rupert came in the top 45 for affordable housing with an average home price of $197,133.

Rather than trying to gauge people’s personal opinions about a community, the magazine put it’s list together based on measurable aspects of the community, including the crime rate, the weather, unemployment rate, average household income and so on.  Then each of these aspects is given a number of points it is worth, such as the number of doctors in town per capita being worth up to six points, and the amount of new cars on the road being worth up to four points.

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