Maclean’s just released its list of safest cities and towns in Canada, but regardless of where your city may fall in ranking, we can still all rest easy enough knowing we live in the country where the world-wide stereotype is that we’re “just too nice.”
The company’s statistics agency took three major factors into account to create their list. Gathering data from each province’s police departments, they were able to determine a ‘crime severity index,’ or CSI for short. Jerry Bruckheimer’s lawyers are already on the phones for that one. The CSI of each city was based on the nature of any crimes committed, rate over the last 5 years, and the city population.
Calgary came in at 169th with a CSI of 89.57, and Edmonton was a little behind at 212th on the list. Edmonton had a CSI of 128.62, which is rough (we think?), but again, there are still definitely worse places to live. Plus, we’re writers, not mathematicians, so numbers are basically meaningless to us.
Want to know what the safest city in Alberta is? Beaumont came in with a CSI of 39.68, which puts it at 47th in Canada. Okotoks came in second in Alberta, but 50th overall with a CSI of 40.25. This was followed by Cochrane, High River, and then Airdrie.
The top 5 in the country was made up all by small Eastern cities. LaSalle and Petawawa in Ontario made first and second. Rothesay and Quispamsis in New Brunswick took third place. Selwyn, Ontario was fourth, and Hamilton Township in Ontario came in fifth.
You can take a look at Maclean’s complete list of safest cities in Canada here!