UPDATED: MoneySense: You're number 198, New Glasgow

John Brannen
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New Glasgow and surrounding area fourth from dead last in magazine's annual ranking

NEW GLASGOW – MoneySense has released its rankings of best places to live in Canada and New Glasgow has all but bottomed out again this year.

MoneySense has released its rankings of best places to live in Canada and New Glasgow has all but bottomed out again this year, placing 198 out of 201 locations.

This year, the finance magazine ranked New Glasgow 198 out of 201 communities across Canada. Last year the town ranked 196 out of 200 communities and was 190 out of 190 in 2012.

To be factual, MoneySense’s definition of New Glasgow is actually a Statistics Canada’s census agglomeration, which includes New Glasgow, Stellarton, Trenton, Westville, Pictou and parts of Pictou Landing First Nations.

Mark Brown, managing editor of reports and rankings for MoneySense, noted that just because you’re near the bottom of the list doesn’t mean you’re Canada’s worst place to live.

“That’s not the message here,” he said. “This ninth annual report looks at 34 different categories that help round out a community.”

Among these are net income, employment, household worth and home affordability along with crime rates, weather and culture. Brown noted that since New Glasgow has placed low for several years, it’s easy to identify some of the areas in need of improvement.

“The main things that are hurting New Glasgow is flat population growth, which shows there aren’t any new drivers pulling people into the community,” he said. “Unemployment is another, which is slightly higher than the national average while income levels and household net worth remain unchanged from last year.”

Areas with higher MoneySense rankings have population growth around eight per cent and unemployment levels under the national average, which is why, he said, the top of the list is full of cities and towns in Western Canada.

Receiving postcards from citizens of Pictou County last year indicated the area’s passion for community, Brown said.

“They talk about the great river fishing and the love for their town. Unfortunately, we can’t convert that into a number but we’re always trying looking at tweaks to the methodology.”

Brown defended the use of New Glasgow census agglomeration noting that there may be variations within each municipal unit, but it’s to be expected.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if you see variations. There are great variations within neighbourhoods in cities in some cases,” he said. “The bottom line is that this is representative of the area in general.”

The ranking, according to MoneySense, is a benchmark for towns and cities across the nation to see how they compare to each other. Still, passion remains from coast to coast in addressing the intangible things that make a community great.

“Believe me, if there was a way to measure the view of the mountains from Vancouver or living next to the Atlantic Ocean, we’d include it but there’s no way to put it into a number.”

MoneySense’s article noted that such characteristics—no matter how appealing—aren’t the point of the ranking.

“This isn’t the best places to visit, it’s the best places to live. If you’re going to plant roots somewhere we think there should be good access to medical care, low crime, good public transportation and, yes, nice weather.”

The number-one city in Canada was St. Albert, Alta. Only Lachute, Dolbeau-Mistassini, Que., and Port Alberni, B.C., were ranked lower than New Glasgow. Cape Breton did slightly better at 196 while Truro placed 191. Halifax was the highest ranked Nova Scotian location at 26.

The Town of New Glasgow did not did not respond to queriesby presstime.



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New Glasgow Census Agglomeration



POPULATION GROWTH 2008 TO 2013: 0.40%








Geographic location: New Glasgow, Canada, Nova Scotia Port Alberni Cape Breton Nova Scotian

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  • Karen Laundon
    March 16, 2014 - 08:55

    Folks, I wouldn't get too bent out of shape over this ranking. Did anyone notice that "Cape Breton" ranked 196? Not a specific town or small city, but all of Cape Breton. To Phil's point, to even land on this list at all in a country full of fantastic towns should be lauded as an honor, not a disgrace as eluded to by this poorly-written article. Chin up and carry on.

  • David Forbes
    March 15, 2014 - 10:33

    As a former resident (25 yrs) of the No.1 spot on this list. There are many, many, reasons to be glad this area does not meet this magazines particular "requirements" !!!

  • Lindsey T.
    March 15, 2014 - 02:25

    The town drive out places like Maritime Steel, they drove that poor kid that was trying to fix the Maritime building into bankruptcy, they forbid Julia's Pizza to rebuild, they try to drive Adventure Motors out, the close the rink and Y to give us the money bleeding white elephant that is the Wellness center. They are trying to drive the "pot plant" out of business before they even buy the place. They have rabid ticket givers roaming the downtown handing out fines, they took away have the parking spots anyways. Then you have perople like Michelin chopping jobs, people are trying to close the mill down, they don't want windmills being built, wells being dug, fish being fished, basically everything they can do to kill any potential for growth, they would have us live back in mudhuts. They drove the several owners of the "carworks" away, they want to shut the power plant down. The list goes on and on. We are taxed to living death on everything, the NDP raised every tax in the book, some doubled and tripled, they raised every last 1600 user fees, broke every promise and drove us deeper in debt, it didn't take the new leader and party to drive up taxes even more. All more reasons not to stay here to live, or do business. Pictou Co has nobody to blame but themselves, say what you will to defend it, but all I speak is the truth. I was born, raised and have lived here over 50 years, so I have seen a few things. I'm amazed they even made it above dead last again.

    • jac
      March 15, 2014 - 23:10

      As sad as everything you say; it is true. Not looking good........ :(

  • Ryan Murphy
    March 14, 2014 - 16:44

    Really who cares... those who like it like it alot.

  • spoonman
    March 14, 2014 - 15:33

    Well if anything for the 2,600,000 in borrowedmoney last year according to the provincial government,s municipal finance corporation by the Town of New Glasgow it is money well spent ? Gee imagine where we would be if Maritime Steel was running !!! We might be like Lethbridge , Winnipeg , or Calgary who break the top50 each and every year. I guess flower pots and Steel castings help the rankings in those cases and not ours !!!!

  • joe
    March 14, 2014 - 12:23

    Lets see mmm....We have had how many business's close in the mall alone, A major employer in the area just cut 500 jobs. We have a high drug and crime rate per capita. Alcoholism is ranked one of the worst in Nova Scotia. No public transit no prospect's for career employment. Over priced housing vs employment earnings....I just can't figure out we are not in the top five??

  • Realist
    March 14, 2014 - 09:32

    What's wrong with our officials. How long we could deny and ignore the obvious. Do we really need Money Sense remind us about our misery every year ? For more than a decade , businesses are closing and people are moving out but our CAO at her downtown castle dreaming about flower pots and tourism in her beloved township. Our mayors seems not capable of seeing what's wrong with their community. Who is going to end this non sense , our official? They can not even bare each other's presence and stop stilling business from one another. We need to do the right thing and that's amalgamation. But guess what? Who is going to do that? Same officials. They won't If you ask me I believe they are blind. They might be the first people who will lose their job if we go ahead with amalgamation . How many mayors, CAO engineers inspector police office , officers do we need for a community with 40000 population ? People are wondering why our property tax going high and higher every year. Why our young one Andre moving west and why ....

  • Phil
    March 14, 2014 - 09:07

    People in the New Glasgow (Pictou County) fail to realize that there are over 1000 towns across Canada. So the fact we are even on the radar for money sense should be rewarding. Stop focusing on the negatives Pictou County.

    • Mike
      March 14, 2014 - 14:55

      Yes Phil there is over 1000 towns in Canada but these rankings are based on communities that have a population of over 10,000. The only reason the other towns are not in this is because they don't meet the population to take part in it. So it really is bad that we place almost last. We should be ashamed of ourselves.

  • Jim
    March 14, 2014 - 08:54

    I think New Glasgow should start its own annual ranking: "Best Magazines in Canada"