Burlington named second-best city in Canada to raise a family

Burlington, Ont., August 29, 2011 – A national parenting magazine has named Burlington one of the best places in Canada to raise a family.

Toronto-based Today’s Parent magazine crunched the numbers in 18 categories, including weather, housing, crime rate and household income to create a list of the top 180 Canadian cities to raise kids. Only communities with a population of 10,000 or more were included.

Burlington placed second on the list, behind Edmonton suburb St. Albert, Alta.

Burlington scored top marks in the low-crime category. As well, the city’s excellent weather, high household income, low unemployment, readily available healthcare and large population of kids under 14 years of age all contributed to the high ranking.

“I’m very pleased that Burlington has received this recognition,” said Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring. “We all know that our community strives to go above and beyond to make sure our children are valued, stimulated, challenged and given the tools to build a vibrant and rewarding life.”

“This is one of those ‘right on’ moments, said Scott Stewart, Burlington’s general manager of community services. “City staff works hard to support recreation and cultural programs, the arts and healthy lifestyles – all critical components to the exceptional quality of life Burlington residents enjoy – and it is exciting to see that effort recognized.”


• Related story: Play Works recently named Burlington a gold-level Youth-Friendly community. For details, visit http://playworkspartnership.ca/play-works


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