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Wed, 21 Mar 2012 10:17:08 GMT | By Phil Froats (research)
Canada's best cities to live in

9. Red Deer, Alta.



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Rankings out of 190 cities:
Weather: 44
Affordable housing: 87
Household income: 31
Discretionary income: 11
New cars on road: 149
Job prospects: 17
Population growth: 17
Doctors per 1,000: 72
Low crime: 168
Walk or bike to work: 126
Transit: 64
Health professionals: 42
Culture: 83

The crime rate ranks among the country's worst, but that hasn't stopped people from moving to Red Deer. In the decade between 2001 and 2011, the city added more than 20,000 people to its population. One reason for the population boom is a low unemployment rate that leaves Red Deer locals with cash to burn.

* Bing: Crime trends in Red Deer

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