Magazine ranks Bay Roberts among worst places to live — again
Moneysense magazine no longer thinks Bay Roberts is Canada’s worst place to live. The Conception Bay North town is now listed as second worst.
It has finished 179th out of 180 in the online magazine’s annual ranking, Canada’s Best Places to Live 2011. Discretionary income is the main reason why.
“For Bay Roberts, the average household income is low at $71,000 and so is discretionary income at 23 per cent,” the e-zine states in the “ Worst places to live and why” portion of its article at www.moneysense.ca.
Moneysense uses discretionary income to measure prosperity.
Bay Roberts also came in at 179th in 2010, when 179 places were ranked. Negative economic and population figures factored in that result, as did outdated information on the town’s website.
This year, New Glasgow holds the dubious distinction of finishing last at 180th. Poor job prospects was the big factor in the Nova Scotia town’s ranking.
Bay Roberts Mayor Glen Littlejohn wasn’t thrilled, saying Moneysense is rating the region, not his town.
“It’s not Bay Roberts. That’s our biggest beef with this. We’re not talking about Bay Roberts. We’re talking about an area that includes the Town of Bay Roberts. I still believe it’s misleading. ... And they use data from the area, not just Bay Roberts.”
Littlejohn elaborates, stressing Moneysense’s ranking is of places with more than 10,000 people, when the population of Bay Roberts is 5,500.
The mayor says he knew the article was coming, because he was interviewed for it. He expressed his beefs to the interviewer.
In Moneysense, Littlejohn is attributed as saying last year’s finish brought the community together and helped it attract a Kraft 10 in 10 celebration, which included a TSN Sportscentre visit.
“I really believe that,” he said. “It really helped us when we had the opportunity to host the 10 in 10 and be one of the representatives. I really think they came out and supported us because of the negativity that the article created.”
The magazine also points out Bay Roberts has been experiencing a period of growth in both residential and commercial real estate. It notes a new business park is under construction, “ which should relieve residental taxpayers of some of the town’s revenue requirements.”
Whatever Moneysense thinks of his town, Littlejohn begs to differ.
“ I love our community. I love everything about it. I think we’ve made great strides. If people look at our growth and the number of people who have come to the community in the past number of years to build and make Bay Roberts their home, you’d have to say Bay Roberts is a pretty good place to live.”
Ottawa-Gatineau was ranked as the country’s best place to reside for the second year in a row. St. John’s had the best Newfoundland and Labrador result, coming in at 52nd. Grand Falls-Windsor was 126th. Corner Brook placed 150th.