Top 10 Places to Live in Ottawa
We’ve been crunching numbers and the results are in! We are proud to announce the top ten neighbourhoods to live in in Ottawa, Ontario.
The data we collected here is from the most recent Census data. We looked at a number of different factors including crime, family income, recreation opportunities and more. While no neighbourhood scored perfectly, some definitely stood out.
#10: Orleans Village-Chateauneuf
You’ll find Orleans Village-Chateauneuf nestled between St. Joseph Boulevard and Innes Rd. in the East end of Ottawa. The community of Orleans Village-Chateuneuf is vibrant and ethnically diverse. This neighbourhood ranked well for us because of a low crime level, low unemployment, and affordable housing. Residents of this area are generally well educated and have an average family income of $98,000 which is higher than average in Ottawa.
#9: Island Park
Island Park is a beautiful neighbourhood with mature trees and gorgeous homes. At the South End of Island Park is the beautiful Experimental Farm. At the North End is the Ottawa River Parkway and Champlain Bridge which connects to Quebec. The residents of Island Park are well educated with an average family income of $117,873. There are several kilometers of scenic walking and bike paths in this neighbourhood. While many of the homes are older and in need of repair, the overall feel of Island Park is one of elegance and class.
#8: Crystal Bay – Lakeview Park
This neighbourhood boasts a beautiful view of the Ottawa River and many scenic bicycle trails. The population tends to be well educated and affluent with an average household income of $106,000. The population of this part of Ottawa is older than most in the city. They tend to have well maintained homes and lots of opportunities for outdoor recreation.
#7: Merivale Gardens, Grenfell Glen, Pineglen and Country Place
You’ll find nice, detached and well maintained homes in this well established area of Ottawa. Crime Rates are low and average family incomes are high at $127,000. People who live here tend to be healthier than the rest of Ottawa. You’ll also find lots of opportunity for recreation.
#6: Bridlewood – Emerald Meadows
This is a really cute and unique neighbourhood! You’ll find young, growing families here. As it is a relatively new neighbourhood (most homes are under 25 years old), the homes are generally in good repair. Similarly, the residents of Bridlewood-Emerald Meadows are healthier than most of the city. Were it not for traffic congestion issues, this neighbourhood would likely have ranked higher, but the City of Ottawa is currently working on a plan to reduce traffic problems in Bridlewood.
If you haven’t visited Stittsville, you should! It’s a vibrant family oriented community with lots of opportunities for recreation, very little crime and a well educated population having an average family income of $116,000. You’ll find Stittsville just west of the city (although it is officially a part of Ottawa since amalgamation.
#4: Orleans Chapel Hill
This community, on the Eastern side of Ottawa is an active and fun community! Homes in Orleans Chapel Hill are in great shape and crime is extremely low. You’ll find lots of bike and walking paths. Perhaps this is why residents of this neighbourhood tend to be healthier than most! The average family income in this area is $125,000.
#3: Riverside South Leitrim
This neighbourhood is rapidly growing and really starting to look great! Riverside South is expected to grow by 13.5% in 2011. You’ll find a good number of young families in this community. The health the population is better than most in the city as is the average family income of $115,000.
#2: Hunt Club Woods-Quinterra-Revelstoke
This is a well established neighbourhood in Ottawa with a culturally diverse population. You’ll find very little crime, homes that are in good condition, and an average family income of $110,000. If you love nature, this is a great place to be, especially with the beautiful Rideau River in its midst. Residents of this community are among the most active and healthiest in the city!
#1: Kanata Lakes – Marchwood Lakeside – Morgan’s Grant
And here it is! The best neighbourhood in Ottawa is the area of Kanata Lakes and Morgan’s Grant. You’ll find this community in the west end of Ottawa. It’s well known for the Centrum Shopping Centre. You’ll find that people who live here are generally healthy, and well off with an average family income of $130,000. You’ll also find lots of parks and opportunities for outdoor recreation here.
What do you think?
We’re sure that not all people will agree with these results! We’d love to hear your thoughts on our research!