Calgary’s Top 10 Neighbourhoods in 2017

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This week, Avenue Magazine released their 2017 Best Neighbourhoods list for Calgary. Communities are ranked based on a survey of Calgarians, who scored their neighbourhoods on a variety of categories.

Rather than simply voting for their favourite neighbourhood, survey respondents consider various characteristics and tell us which ones are most important when they think about a good neighbourhood. Are parks and pathways preferable to bars and boutiques, for example? Is it more important to have access to major roads than access to schools? Is proximity to a public library preferable to proximity to a movie theatre? [Avenue Magazine]

Here’s a look at the top 10 communities on the 2017 list:

  1. Varsity 
    1. 12,612 population
    2. 62 walk score
    3. 56 transit score
    4. 64.94 crime rate
    5. 95.88 engagement score
  2. Beltline
    1. 21,958 population
    2. 90 walk score
    3. 121.38 engagement score
    4. 76 transit score
    5. 438.66 crime rate
  3. Edgemont
    1. 15,708 population
    2. 33 walk score
    3. 111.01 engagement score
    4. 37 transit score
    5. 36.92 crime rate
  4. Brentwood
    1. 7,133 population
    2. 59 walk score
    3. 119.87 engagement score
    4. 57 transit score
    5. 122.81 crime rate
  5. Signal Hill
    1. 13,615 population
    2. 57 walk score
    3. 85.87 engagement score
    4. 42 transit score
    5. 63.45 crime rate
  6. Huntington Hills
    1. 13,497 population
    2. 55 walk score
    3. 91.62 engagement score
    4. 54 transit score
    5. 102.92 crime rate
  7. Bridgeland/Riverside
    1. 6,052 population
    2. 68 walk score
    3. 128.43 engagement score
    4. 63 transit score
    5. 281.39 crime rate
  8. Arbour Lake
    1. 10,921 population
    2. 46 walk score
    3. 195.39 engagement score
    4. 43 transit score
    5. 91.57 crime rate
  9. Downtown
    1. 8,758 population
    2. 93 walk score
    3. 84 transit score
    4. 883.19 crime rate
  10. Crescent Heights
    1. 6,097 population
    2. 79 walk score
    3. 94.40 engagement score
    4. 66 transit score
    5. 225.52 crime rate

In many other ways, the results are similar to what we have found in the past. This year, Calgarians’ top-five most important neighbourhood characteristics were access to parks and pathways, low crime, walkability, access to restaurants, cafés and pubs, and high community engagement. In 2016, parks and pathways, low crime and access to restaurants were also among the top five.

It’s important to note that the best neighbourhoods in Calgary, as determined by this survey, aren’t necessarily going to be the best for every Calgarian in the city. Different people value — and need — different things. Fortunately, each neighbourhood offers something that makes it the best to someone and there is a neighbourhood that offers the best for each of us. [Avenue Magazine]

Read the full report and survey results on the Avenue Magazine website here.

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