Moneysense just released its annual ranking of Canadian cities, and Oakville, Ontario claimed the top spot. There’s a lot to love about this city, but what really makes it stand out from the other 415 contenders?
Your first thought upon hearing about Oakville win might be, “Well, of course they’re happy — they’re rich!” And it’s true that Oakville’s average household income is sky-high a $162,000 a year.
But Oakville is also incredibly generous. For the most part, citizens recognize their good fortune and do what they can to help others who aren’t so lucky. There are tons of great community organizations in Oakville dedicated to helping the less fortunate, like Safety Net. Even the local air conditioning service in Oakville gives thousands of dollars to charity through its Care to Share program.
Although its population has boomed to over 200,000 in recent decades, Oakville still holds onto the official name of “The Town of Oakville.” A bit quirky, but deserving. Oakville retains a small-town vibe that very few places in the GTA can claim. As the mayor of Oakville told Moneysense, “Oakville is a city that calls itself a town and acts like a village.”
In addition to being named Canada’s best city overall, Oakville also placed fifth in the list of great places to raise a family. It’s a safe city with a low crime rate and high-ranking schools. Oakville has many parks to visit and beaches that are open to the public. Overall, it’s a place where you feel safe letting your kids out to play and explore.
The local BIA in Oakville has plenty to boast about. There’s a strong creative sector in Oakville, along with a multitude of lakefront restaurants, bars, and shops. Start-ups thrive in Downtown Oakville. The amenities are great as well — even the hvac services in Oakville are the highest-rated in the Greater Toronto Area.
The Toronto Connection
Let’s be fair — Oakville has Toronto to thank for at least some of the praise it’s attracting from Moneysense. The fact that Oakville is just a short drive away from Canada’s biggest city is a big point in its favour. Oakville residents benefit from Toronto’s unstoppable job market while avoiding the congestion and density of living in the big city.
Don’t get me wrong. If you picked Oakville up and plopped it down somewhere else in Canada, while keeping everything else about it the same, it would still be a fantastic place to live. But the proximity to Toronto is undeniably one of Oakville’s biggest draws.