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Maple Ridge ranks 16th best place to live in B.C.

Out of 60 B.C. cities, Maple Ridge is in 16th place and Pitt Meadows is in 27th.
Maple Ridge placed 16th on Moneysense’s Best Places to Live in Canada list, and Pitt Meadows placed 27th. (THE NEWS/files)

Out of a list of 415 Canadian cities, Maple Ridge comes in at 147th place, according to MoneySense magazine’s Canada’s Best Places to Live in 2018 annual list.

On a list of B.C. cities and territories, however, Maple Ridge is rannked 16th place out of 60. Pitt Meadows is 27th.

According to the MoneySense report, Maple Ridge can attribute its B.C. ranking to such things as amenities, demographics, and wealth and economy.

With a population of approximately 87,000, Maple Ridge’s unemployment rate is 4.3 per cent. The average household income is $100,207, and the average value of primary real estate is $858,762.

An average two-bedroom apartment can be rented for about $956.

As for transportation, Maple Ridge residents appear to prefer driving. It’s reported that only two per cent of the population walks to work and 5.7 per cent of the population takes transit to work.

Maple Ridge comes ahead of nearby cities Mission, Coquitlam, Abbotsford, New Westminster, Langley, Port Coquitlam, Surrey and Burnaby.

Pitt Meadows’ 27th-place B.C. ranking is attributed amenities, wealth and economy, and arts and community.

With a population of approximately 19,600, Pitt Meadows’ unemployment rate is 4.3 per cent, and the average household income is $101,692.

The value of primary real estate in Pitt Meadows is lower than Maple Ridge at $795,342, but the rental cost of a two-bedroom apartment is more than Maple Ridge at $1,218.

Lower Mainland cities placing ahead of Maple Ridge include Port Moody, Richmond, District of North Vancouver, City of North Vancouver, Vancouver, West Vancouver and Delta.

In first place on the B.C. list and 15th overall on the Canadian list is the northeastern town of Fort St. John.

The ranking of Canadian cities is based: wealth and economy, affordability, population growth, taxes, commute, crime, weather, access to health care, amenities and culture.