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New West Has Overtaken Vancouver As The Millennial Hot Spot of BC

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A recent survey of over 85 Canadian cities ranks the best city in B.C. for millennials to settle down in and create a long-term life in.

There has been some dramatic changes since the last time this study was held merely 3 years ago in 2018, no less due to the global pandemic.

Whereas Vancouver had previously held the top spot in Metro Vancouver at #10, it has now dropped to #13, coming in after Toronto at #12.

Surprisingly, rising from their 2018 rank of #11, the city of New Westminster is now ranked #6 and tops the list as the millennial hotspot for BC.

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It appears that many millennials are fleeing to the suburbs of Metro Vancouver looking for a more desirable and affordable life.

This national survey was presented by Point2Homes, an online real estate marketing firm. They crafted a poll that considered the best places for younger Canadians (i.e. millennials), to work, buy a home and raise a family.

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The actual ranking was based on the following factors:

  1. Income
  2. Housing
  3. Unemployment rate
  4. Life satisfaction
  5. Crime rate
  6. Healthcare
  7. Climate
  8. Level of education (the percentage of the population with a bachelor’s degree or higher)
  9. Total percentage of Millennials in the total population.

Here are how the other BC cities ranked:

  • #8 Victoria (previously #2)
  • #11 Burnaby (previously #14)
  • #13 Vancouver (previously #10)
  • #22 North Vancouver (previously #47)
  • #24 Saanich (previously #6)
  • #25 Richmond (previously #37)
  • #47 Delta (previously #59)
  • #48 Coquitlam (previously #41)
  • #54 Kelowna (previously #62)
  • #58 Nanaimo (previously #80)
  • #60 Prince George (previously #66)
  • #61 Kamloops (previously #73)
  • #71 Surrey (previously #64)
  • #73 Abbotsford (previously #79)
  • #83 Chilliwack (previously #82)
  • #84 Maple Ridge (previously #78)
  • #85 Langley (previously #85)

You can see the full list of rankings here.

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