Calgary is one of the top places to live in Canada according to a leading urban thinker. Richard Florida, a renowned speaker and author of The Rise of The Creative Class, has listed Calgary as best-of-the-best in a study of 145 metropolitan areas in Canada.
The rankings, which consider five demographic groups, praise Calgary for its economic strength, quality of life and job potential.
In Florida’s most recent book, Who’s Your City, Florida says that places have personalities, and a citizens personal happiness depends on finding the city in which you can balance your personal and career goals to thrive. In Canada’s case, the city with a winning personality is Cowtown. Calgary ranked first for singles, second for careerists and third overall for families, empty nesters and retirees.
Mayor Dave Bronconnier said this recognition, and a Toronto Board of Trade report naming Calgary Canada's top city, are reasons for Calgarians to be proud.
“We consistently have received high marks by external, independent adjudicators and this demonstrates that Calgary is a very good place to grow a business or raise a family,” said the Mayor.