MacLean’s magazine released this past week a ranking of what it refers to as the ‘Best Communities’ in Canada and out of 415 communities ranked across a cross-section of category markers Brandon came in at 169th in the nation with its top three features said to be “Amenities,” “Commute” and “Demographics.”
With default category weightings, 10 of the top 11 communities listed are within Ontario. Each of the top 22 are located in either Ontario or British Columbia with only six communities outside of those provinces cracking the Top 50. In being candid that rankings may differ based on what might be important to any given reader the feature comes with the ability to toggle the rankings based on one’s priorities. If the ‘Affordability’ and “Commute” categories are given maximum weighting to reflect quality of life markers that a lot of residents cite as strengths, the city rises to 74th.
The ‘Best Communities’ ranking is referred to as an inaugural publishing by the magazine in comparison to past years’ ‘Best Places to Live’ rankings that folks may be familiar with that had been published by MoneySense magazine (MoneySense has since been sold by parent company Rogers). Last year in the latter ranking Brandon placed 78th out of 415. Differences in methodology with that ranking become quite apparent when examining stats for 2018 where almost half of the communities outside of Ontario and B.C. cracked the Top 50 (22).
Highest-ranking in 2019 Manitoba was the R.M. of Hanover at 153rd followed by R.M. of Tache at 161st and then Brandon. The Provincial Capital came in at 251st.
The full ranking including methodology can be read at: