Stouffville named a ‘liveable city’ in national ranking

If you call the Town of Stouffville home, you already know it’s a cut above many other communities. Now the rest of the country knows, too.

In a ranking developed by the Globe and Mail, Whitchurch-Stouffville was named the 79th “most livable city” in Canada out of 100, representing the 18th highest Ontario community and the third most desirable place to live in York Region behind the City of Vaughan at No. 33 and the City of Markham at No. 50.

“This recognition echoes what we as residents have known all along, Stouffville is an incredible place to live, work and raise a family,” Stouffville Mayor Iain Lovatt says. “We are honoured to be on this list alongside so many other beautiful communities across the country. I am so grateful for the dedication and commitment of everyone in Stouffville who help create a welcoming and thriving community for all.”

To determine the ranking, the Globe and Mail assessed 43 variables within 10 categories that were selected because they “mirror the key factors people prioritize when looking to relocated to a new community.” Those categories are economy, housing, demographics, health care, safety, education, community, amenities, transportation and climate.

“The primary purpose of our rankings is to help Canadians identify communities where they can flourish based on their own circumstances,” the Globe and Mail says. “Our overall ranking emphasizes the key attributes that most Canadians value in their communities including the economy, safety and, yes, the cost of housing.”

The ranking paints a comprehensive picture of communities that made the list. Stouffville’s current population of 56,115 represents a 14 per cent from 2018 and is expected to increase 12.5 per cent over the next five years. Fifty-four per cent or residents are families with children at home, 29 per cent are families without children at home, 16 per cent are one-person households and one per cent are two-or-more-person households.

The average age of a renter or homeowner is 55 years. The top five languages spoken at home, in order, are English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Tamil and Italian. The top five visible minorities are Chinese, South Asian, Black, Filipino and Arab. The average household income is $161,820. The top five industries are retail; professional, scientific and technical services; educational services; health care and social assistance; and finance and insurance.

The average primary real estate is valued at $1.2 million. The average mortgage is valued at $665,340 and 26 per cent of residents spend more than 30 per cent of their income on housing.

Using the same criteria listed above, Stouffville was named the 32nd best place in Canada to retire and the 88th most livable city for newcomers. “This honor underscores Stouffville’s commitment to fostering an exceptional quality of life for its residents and is a true testament to the collective efforts of our community,” says Lovatt. “Council, staff, businesses, and residents continuously contribute to making Stouffville a vibrant town.”

Photo by Dennis Hristovski courtesy of the Town of Stouffville.

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