Cornwall ON – Moneysense Magazine just came out with a list of the best cities to live in. Cornwall Ontario finished at 92, but like any list of this nature you have to examine the criteria to better handle the information.
Cornwall is a beautiful city on the banks of a river that is in transition. Long an industrial town of mills and factories it’s rapidly changing into a community evolving and sprouting in many areas.
Cleaner and Greener Growth – Many of the new industries evolving in Cornwall are cleaner. We have call centres opening as well as distribution centres because of our work force; much of which is bilingual. The city of Cornwall has an edge in utility costs thanks to long term agreements and use of cheaper Quebec electricity.
Location – Very few communities can touch the ease of access to Cornwall; especially for industry. It’s situated on Highway 401, the main artery of traffic from Montreal to Toronto. Via Rail services the city, and Ottawa is less than 90 minutes away as well. The waterway and bridge to the US and nearby Massena offer a versatility rarely seen.
Like many “factory towns” the cost of housing was artificially low. While rapidly catching up with nearby cities the value is still quite amazing which is why many retirees are flocking to Cornwall after selling their homes in nearby communities like Ottawa. You can sell a $500K home in Ottawa and replace it easily in Cornwall for under $250K which adds to your nest egg with no noticeable loss in quality of life.
If anything there are a lot of benefits to living in Cornwall Ontario. Going home for lunch. How many people in Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa have long commutes? In Cornwall you generally can get anywhere in less than 10 minutes. Traffic jams just don’t exist thanks to good traffic planning.
Shopping. With the local shopping scene and shopping centres to those close by there’s plenty to see and do so that living in Cornwall really is living widely with all the area has to offer.
Moneysense uses several metrics that really don’t impact large parts of the population. University for example. While Cornwall currently doesn’t host a University there are many close by yet in the Moneysense calculations that makes Cornwall not as good as other cities.
Medical Care; now this is where Cornwall shines on the list (we’re number 38); chiefly because it’s close to Montreal and we get a lot of spill over doctors and professionals from there. Add in how the community pulled together to help fund the new Hospital and you can see why Cornwall rates so high when it comes to medical support. Yes it’s behind Kingston,but Kingston has a Medical teaching hospital.
Crime. Some have complained about high taxes in Cornwall(they actually are less than cities like Ottawa), but one of the big expenses has been in our highly skilled and acclaimed local police force. It’s led to lower crime metrics from over all crime to severe crime.
Average income for Cornwall is also skewed as we have a large group of retirees in the area. While a mecca for those who want to enjoy their golden years people generally don’t earn as much at that time of life.
Cornwall Ontario also has a key metric in that if you ever want to own your own home you’ll pay it off faster living here. According to Moneysense it takes 2.69 years of average income to own a home vs 4+ years in many other communities. The overall cost of living in Cornwall make up for some of lower average income numbers.
Family life. Lower crime; cleaner air, better medical services and amazing recreational facilities like the Aquatic Centre and the new Arena Complex being built lead to a great place to raise a family. Cornwall also has some great sports programs such as our Minor League Football program and a rapidly increasing Soccer infrastructure. You can bike for miles along the waterfront with lots of cross country skiing available in the winter as well.
Cornwall Ontario also has a great Transit System that’s getting greener by innovative uses of small more environmentally friendlier buses.
Culture. Cornwall is vibrant. It’s a true Canadian mix with a lively French Culture mixed in with all sorts of Ethnic groups. Cornwall also neighbors the First Nations community of Akwesasne.
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