Ottawa Named 3rd Best City in the World for Quality of Life; Here’s Why

by Nadia Balint
2 min. read

Numbeo’s 2015 Mid-Year Quality of Life Index only confirmed what Canadians already know: that Canada is the best place to live in. Its capital city, Ottawa, ranked #3 in overall quality of life, with 5 other Canadian cities making their way to the top 30.


The main factors that propelled Ottawa to this top spot were purchasing power, safety, property price to income ratio, and low pollution.

Affordable Housing

Ok, Ottawa is not the cheapest place to live in Canada, but compared to cities like Toronto and Vancouver, Ottawa has a relatively low 4.96 property price to income ratio, according to Numbeo.

The city offers housing options for every style, from urban sophistication to pure country charm. Its clean and beautiful downtown is surrounded by cozy neighbourhoods, and –further out — the country side. You can buy a home in Ottawa for an average price of $394,889.

Family Life

Kind, caring, friendly people, high safety index and one of the lowest violent crime rates of all cities in Canada – if these are not enough reasons to raise a family here, then there’s also skating on the canal! The Ottawa Canal is frozen in the winter, producing a Skateway that is seven kilometres long and can be used free of charge.

Young and Fun

Think Ottawa is all “Capital City” boring beige buildings? Think again! With nearly half its population under the age of 35, Ottawa has lots of fun, hip and even quirky activities. Speaking of government buildings, in the summer you can try a free one-hour yoga class on the green lawn on Parliament Hill.

On Saturday nights, try your talent in Chinatown for a no-cover karaoke night. If your tastes are more unusual, watch a Cold War-themed film at the Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum, an underground war bunker from the 60’s.

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