Much like the Educational rankings from the Fraser Institute, the always controversial Moneysense community rankings have been released for 2011.
The annual listings of Canadian communities from Moneysense magazine finds Prince Rupert still in the lower groupings, holding down 163rd place in the rankings, one above Terrace’s 164th place finish but 17 spots ahead of the Worst place to live in the nation, which according to Moneysense is New Glasgow Nova Scotia.
For those looking for good news in statistics, it does represent a jump of 10 spots from the 2010 ranking of 173rd.
The rankings can be found here
Among the the problem areas for the region are some familiar themes, the weather we finished 151st, Job Prospects we’re at 178th out 180, and crime rate where we are near the bottom of the list when it comes to having a low crime rate (177th).
The positives range from affordable housing, to walking distances around the city.
Among some of the interesting statistics from the Moneysene profile page
Household INcome in town is $71,880
10 per cent of us drive new cars
17.50 per cent of us are unemployed
Average price of a home is $197,133
And our population change from 2001-2006 was a negative 12.50 per debt
The link to the full review of the Moneysense rankings can be found below
Some of the mentions of Prince Rupert in the General Observations included:
Soggy Prince Rupert, B.C. receives the most precipitation and the highest number of wet days per year. A full 240 days in an average year—two out of three—are rainy.
Prince Rupert, despite its best efforts to revitalize the local economy through developing its port facility, is still beset with high unemployment.