Saskatchewan is one of the prairie provinces located in central Canada. A majority of the 1.12 million people in the province live in the southern half. It is the country's seventh largest province by land area and sixth largest province by population. Saskatchewan is sparsely populated with an average population density of about five people per square mile. About 250,000 live in the city of Saskatoon which is the most densely populated in the province with a density of 2,746 per square mile. Regina is the capital of the province and the second largest city with a population of about 230,000. The following were voted as the best cities to live in Saskatchewan according to Moneysense Canada.
The city of Yorkton is located in the south-eastern corner of the province. It is the sixth largest city in Saskatchewan with a population of about 20,000. Although the average income is $87,186 the unemployment rate stands at a massive 9.2%. Air transport offers transportation in and out of the city while rail and bus services are within the city and the adjusting environments.
9. North Battleford
North Battleford is the seventh largest city in Saskatchewan with a population of about 15,000. The city ranks ninth in the province and a dismal 333rd in the country. Although North Battleford is rising economically, it is not the most preferred place for people to settle. Affordability and high-income are the city’s strengths but infrastructure and the increasing level of crime are its downfalls.
8. Prince Albert
The city of Prince Albert is the third largest in the province. It is referred to as the "Gateway to the North" Because it is the last major city along the route to the northern side of the province. The city is the 8th best place to live in the province but ranks 291st in the country. A transit bus system and an airport offer public transport services while the highway connects the city to the rest of the country. The average income is $92,511 while the unemployment level stands at 6.3%.
7. Swift Current
Swift current is the fifth largest city in the province with a population of about 18,000. The city is the most populous in southwestern Saskatchewan and has grown to become a tourist hotspot. It boasts of a vibrant economy that is the backbone of southwestern Saskatchewan. The city offers excellent service to its residents that include medical, educational and recreational services. Property is still affordable, especially for the middle class. The income is $93,805 while the unemployment rate stands at 4.6%.
The city of Lloydminster traverses the border between Saskatchewan and Alberta. Lloydminster is a vibrant community that is experiencing significant growth. The city offers a rural environment with the convenience of urban services and amenities. About 13,000 people live only on the Saskatchewan side while 20,000 live on the Albertan side. The average income is $111,599 while the unemployment rate is about 6.3%. Although the city lacks a railway system, there is access to an airport.
5. Moose Jaw
Moose Jaw is the fourth largest city in the province who is a population of slightly more than 35,000. It is an industrial center and an important hub for the regional agricultural production. A majority of the people who moved to the city are attracted by the affordable cost of living including the cost of property that allows people to settle with minimal financial stress. The city is suitable for businesses while the surrounding land is used for agricultural purposes. The average income is $89,686 while the unemployment rate stands at 4.6%.
Regina is the capital of Saskatchewan and the second largest city in the province. It is a modern city characterized by modern infrastructure including buildings and roads. The public transport system in the city is well developed but a majority of the people prefer driving their own vehicles to work. Education and healthcare services are among the best in the country. The average household income is $103,354 while the property tax is just 2%. Regina's economy is growing at a significant rate, a feature that seems to be attracting more into the city.
Estevan is the eighth largest city in the province with a population of about 12,500. Since the beginning of the decade, Estevan has experienced a significant growth in both population and economy, a feature that attracts even more people to the city.The main economic activities are power generation, coal mining, and oil and gas. The city's average income is $128,889 while the unemployment rate stands at 5.5%. The low population translates to adequate healthcare service, efficient transport systems, and low crime level.
Saskatoon is the largest city in Saskatchewan. The city has been a regional economic and cultural hub for the province for the past decade.The city's status as the largest in the province has made it one of the most attractive places to settle because of the improved infrastructure and access to better transport, healthcare, education, and emergency services. The average household income is $102,341 while the property tax rate is only 2%.
Weyburn has a population of about 11,000 making it the 10th largest city in Saskatchewan. It is located 68 miles southeast of the capital Regina. Weyburn is known as “the opportunity city” of Canada because it is among the fastest growing cities in the country. It was named the best city to live in the province by Moneysense and the 33rd in the country because of the average income of $126,439, the unemployment rate of 5.5%, and a property tax rate of only 2%. The infrastructure is modern while the crime level is below the national level.
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Victor Kiprop is a writer from Kenya. When he's not writing he spends time watching soccer and documentaries, visiting friends, or working in the farm.
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