Why Consider Moving to Calgary, Alberta?
Are you thinking about moving to Calgary? If you don’t know too much about “the heart of the new west,” then you’ll definitely want to check out these 19 reasons (and counting) why relocating to Calgary may be of interest to you!
Moving to another city or province can be a stressful endeavour, especially if you aren’t familiar with your end destination. Don’t sweat it; there are people and resources you can use to become more comfortable with relocating!
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Without further adieu, here are several reasons why you should consider moving to Calgary, Alberta!
Young & Educated
Calgary’s population is one of the youngest and most educated out of all major cities in Canada. Calgary is home to two major post-secondary institutions – Mount Royal and the University of Calgary – who serve more than 50,000 students annually in addition to several smaller colleges found throughout the city.
According to Statistics Canada, last year the average age in Calgary was 36.4 years. This youthfulness brings vibrant energy to all aspects of the city’s business and social scenes.
Calgary has the highest amount of head offices in Canada per capita. A large amount of the world’s head oil and gas companies – over 40% – call one office or another in the city home.
This concentration of head offices provides many employment opportunities across a wide range of specializations. This is especially true when the economy is on the up and up and energy prices are doing well.
Sunniest Major City in Canada
Did you know that Calgary is the sunniest major city in all of Canada!? Every year, Calgary gets an average of about 2,300 to 2,400 hours of sunshine through spring, summer, fall and winter.
Sunny ways have an uplifting affect on your psyche, even if it’s just for a few hours on a winter day.
Downtown’s +15 Walkway System
The downtown plus 15 walkway system is the largest indoor system of its kind in the world. Named after the height above the street below, there are countless +15 bridges between downtown buildings that allow commuters to traverse the city centre without stepping foot on the street.
These are great for those who work, live and play in the city centre as they often reduce the need to go outside and are used by many in all seasons – especially winter. Learn more about this unique feature of downtown Calgary here:
Alberta has consistently been one of the leaders in the North American job market since the turn of the century in terms of employment opportunities and growth. The completion of the TransCanada Pipeline in the late 1950’s helped to advance Calgary into becoming the world-wide energy hub it is today.
Alberta is home to 95% of Canada’s oil reserves which ranks 3rd in the world for total recoverable oil reserves and 1st in the world for democratic and investable oil reserves. The energy industry stimulates nearly all aspects of the city’s economy; when oil prices are high and conditions are right, everyone benefits.
Festivals & Events
Back in 1912, Guy Weadick managed to set up the very first Calgary Stampede & Exhibition with the help of local businessmen known as the “Big Four.” To date, the event has become one of the largest outdoor rodeos in the world with more than 1 million visitors every year.
The Stampede is just one of many world renowned festivals that take place in Calgary. Calgary’s Folk Music Festival is hosted by Prince’s Island Park downtown and has been named one of the 7 musical wonders of the planet by the Globe and Mail in the past.
Needless to say, YYC’s cultural scene has grown enough to have a new event going on every weekend throughout the year.
National Music Centre
The newly-built National Music Centre in East Village has put Calgary on the musical map not only in Canada, but North America as well. The facility provides residences for developing artists while exposing home grown talent to the international music community and will be a beginning for many successful musicians.
If you’re an aspiring musician or artist, this may be a place for you to hone and develop your skills with the necessary tools to do so!
A Lasting Olympic Legacy
The Olympic Winter Games in 1988 left a lasting legacy on the City of Calgary. Since then, Calgary’s population has increased more 50% from 600,000 to 1.3 million.
The world-class facilities built and used in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games have been renovated and are in use by the public and Canada’s top athletes till this day.
If you’re looking to develop your athletic skills, access to some of the best facilities and training in the world may help you in your journey towards success!
Calgary’s Mayor Naheed Nenshi was the first Muslim Mayor ever on the continent. Today, he is in his third term and has close to 4 years left before another election.
This speaks to the level of acceptance that Calgarians typically have for different cultures and religions other than their own. Calgary is a multi-cultural and diverse city that welcomes and supports everyone!
The people that have come to Calgary from other provinces and nations all together have brought with them their foods, culture and traditions which has led to an incredible selection of ethnic restaurants and events to check out year round!
Calgary is a place where people in front of you hold the door for you, say please and thank you and more often than not give you the respect you deserve.
These actions, even though miniscule in the broader spectrum of life, do add up and can sometimes effect the way people feel about living in the place they do.
Compared to other cities, I find drivers and people in general in the public are much more personable and have more patience when dealing with strangers.
What does a growing skyline have to do with anything? It’s symbolic of the opportunity in Calgary and with several new skyscrapers planned or underway and usually many jobs to go around. Lately, this hasn’t been the case for all industries due to the economic downturn but when things are good – they are great!
The Bow Tower, TELUS Sky and Brookfield Place are but a few of the new high rises changing the face of this city as we know it. As a matter of fact, The Bow Tower was named as the Top Corporate Building in the World by Emporis in 2012.
#9 Economic Development in the World 2013
According to the University of Toronto’s Martin Prosperity Institute, Calgary is the 9th top performing urban area in the World for economic development. With this comes prosperity during times of economic high’s.
While this reward may not apply for the current year, there are some major positives that no one can turn a blind eye to even if they were from a number of years ago.
Find out more at Calgary Among the World’s Best today.
#1 City to Live & Raise a Family in Canada
MoneySense Magazine ranked Calgary as the top place to live and raise a family in Canada in 2013. Factors considered include income levels, infrastructure, health care, education, and more.
While today Calgary’s ranking on MoneySense’s list has dropped, many of those original characteristics of the city still exist which come together to create an enjoyable family-friendly atmosphere for all.
#1 Eco City in the World
Calgary has been ranked as the world’s #1 eco-city by the Mercer Quality of Life Survey in 2010 out of 320 cities! This survey took into consideration things such as water drinkability and accessibility, sewage system quality, garbage extraction and the amount of pollution and traffic.
Today, the City of Calgary has several environmentally-friendly policies in place such as the green and blue bin programs as well as strict rules and regulations that guide contractor activity in all aspects of daily operations.
#5th Best City to Live from 2009 – 2017
Calgary has been named the 5th best city to live in the world for 9 consecutive years in a row by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Livability Survey. This is an impressive accomplishment!
#7th Highest Quality of Life in the World 2013
Numbeo has said that the quality of life in Calgary is the 7th highest out of all world cities surveyed. Another impressive feat that reflects upon life in Calgary to say the least!
Once again, while Calgary dropped in Numbeo’s rankings leading up to the current year, many of these characteristics that made it rank high in 2013 have stayed the same or improved while economic conditions have been the cause of lower placement.
Find out more at Calgary #7th Highest Quality of Life by Numbeo 2013 today.
Top 20 Place to Visit in the World 2014
The New York Times has named Calgary as one of the top 20 places to visit in 2014. There must be a reason, right?
Apart from our quick-and-easy access to the Rocky Mountains, Calgary’s cultural scene has made great leaps and bounds to becoming more of an international city in recent years.
Learn more at Calgary named top place to visit in 2014 today.
Questions about Moving to Calgary?
If you are moving to Calgary and have any questions, contact me direct at 403-370-4180 or message me below. I would love to help you accomplish your relocation in a efficient and stress free manner while finding the perfect place in your new city for you to call home!