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Middle of the pack

Oshawa 179th in MacLean’s rankings

By Dave Flaherty/The Oshawa Express

Slightly ahead of the middle of the pack is the best way to describe Oshawa’s performance in MacLean’s 2019 ranking of the best communities in Canada.

Oshawa was ranked 179 out of the 415 communities included in the rankings.

The rankings were based on a number of factors including affordability, growth, taxes, crime levels, weather, access to health care and culture.

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The national magazine concluded Oshawa’s top three features are its weather, amenities and demographics.

Breaking down the rankings, the city appeared on some additional lists.

Oshawa was ranked as the 46th best community for retirement in Canada, with property taxes representing only 2.5 per cent of the average income and 83 family doctors per 100,000 residents within the Durham Region Health Department.

In terms of growth, Oshawa was named the 92nd fastest growing community, with an annualized five-year growth rate of 1.4 per cent.

MacLean’s anointed Oshawa as the 86th best community in terms of healthcare, with 66 specialists per population of 100,000 residents and 115 doctor’s offices.

Within Durham Region, Whitby reigned as the highest entry at 55th. Clarington (66) and Ajax (96) were the other Durham communities in the top 100.

Uxbridge (145th) and Pickering (147th) were ahead of Oshawa, while Scugog at 197th and Brock Township at 297th pulled up the rear.

The top five communities ranked by MacLean’s were all in Ontario – Burlington, Grimsby, Ottawa, Oakville and New Tecumseth. Lac Ste. Anne Cuounty, AB, East Hants, NS, St. Andrews and St. Clements, NB, and Mountain View County, AB had the ominous distinction of ranking in the bottom five. Gravehurst was the lowest ranked community in Ontario