Calgary's Best Neighbourhoods 2018: The Full List

The rankings for 185 Calgary communities. See where your neighbourhood is listed.




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What makes a community a great place to live?
According to our ninth annual survey, access to parks and pathways; planty of restaurants, cafes and bars; low crime; walkability and engaged neighbours all factor in. 

There are more than 180 residential neighbourhoods in the City of Calgary. Most of us know only a few of them well — where we live, where we work, maybe a couple others that we visit frequently. But it’s hard to know a lot about all of them, so we’ve tried to do some of the heavy lifting and provide a bit of insight into a variety of Calgary’s best neighbourhoods. From the inner city to the city limits, the very small (Roxboro has fewer than 400 residents) to the very large (almost 26,000 people in Panorama Hills), from neighbourhoods with mountain views to those with river access — there are a variety of great places to live across Calgary.

By necessity, this is a data-driven response to what the average respondent is looking for in a place to live. But ultimately, for most of us, what makes a neighbourhood speak to us is subjective and very personal. What makes a neighbourhood the perfect place for you to live is often a matter of personal taste — being close to friends, loving a particular street or the look of a particular home. But what makes a neighbourhood a great place to live for most Calgarians? What characteristics and amenities are the most desirable to most of us? And which neighbourhoods provide the best of the best? That’s the question we try to answer each year with our Best Neighbourhoods survey and rankings.

The survey, administered by Leger, asked respondents what was most and least important to them in comparing a variety of aspects of communities including crime rate, parks, recreation facilities, community engagement, walkability and more. Using a max-differential analysis, Leger calculated the weighting of each characteristic and amenity. Then, using data we collected from a variety of third-party sources including the City of Calgary, the Calgary Police Service, Walk Score and others, Leger ranked the city’s neighbourhoods.

Methodology: Read more about how this list was determined.

 

Here are the results

 

 

1. Beltline

​Restaurant points: 288 ♦ Recreation facility points: 54 ♦ Engagement score: 93.73
Walk Score: 90 ♦ Transit Score: 76
Population in 2017: 23,219 ♦ Community size: 2.9 km² ♦ People per km²: 8,007 
Person crimes per 1,000 people: 29.98 ♦ Property crimes per 1,000 people: 348.68

 

2. Arbour Lake

Restaurant points: 56 ♦ Recreation facility points: 87 ♦ Engagement score: 95.95
Walk Score: 46 ♦ Transit Score: 43
Population in 2017: 10,713 ♦ Community size: 4.4 km² ♦ People per km²: 2,435
Person crimes per 1,000 people: 7.28 ♦ Property crimes per 1,000 people: 73.74

 

3. Hamptons

Restaurant points: 2 ♦ Recreation facility points: 30 ♦ Engagement score: 59.50
Walk Score: 36 ♦ Transit Score: 35
Population in 2017: 7,567 ♦ Community size: 3.5 km² ♦ People per km²: 2,202 
Person crimes per 1,000 people: 1.85 ♦ Property crimes per 1,000 people: 16.12

 

4. Signal Hill

Restaurant points: 42 ♦ Recreation facility points: 62 ♦ Engagement score: 74.50
Walk Score: 57 ♦ Transit Score: 42
Population in 2017: 13,533 ♦ Community size: 5.6 km² ♦ People per km²: 2,431 
Person crimes per 1,000 people: 5.62 ♦ Property crimes per 1,000 people: 54.76

 

5. Bowness

Restaurant points: 31 ♦ Recreation facility points: 68 ♦ Engagement score: 106.71
Walk Score: 57 ♦ Transit Score: 38
Population in 2017: 10,895 ♦ Community size: 5.6 km² ♦ People per km²: 1,946 
Person crimes per 1,000 people: 19.64 ♦ Property crimes per 1,000 people: 137.68

 

6. Edgemont

Restaurant points: 14 ♦ Recreation facility points: 73 ♦ Engagement score: 86.75
Walk Score: 33 ♦ Transit Score: 37
Population in 2017: 15,701 ♦ Community size: 6.6 km² ♦ People per km²: 2,380 
Person crimes per 1,000 people: 2.67 ♦ Property crimes per 1,000 people: 32.67

 

7. Crescent Heights

Restaurant points: 38 ♦ Recreation facility points: 55 ♦ Engagement score: 66.78
Walk Score: 79 ♦ Transit Score: 66
Population in 2017: 6,197 ♦ Community size: 1.6 km² ♦ People per km²: 3,811 
Person crimes per 1,000 people: 17.43 ♦ Property crimes per 1,000 people: 183.80

 

8. Brentwood

Restaurant points: 29 ♦ Recreation facility points: 97 ♦ Engagement score: 68.63
Walk Score: 59 ♦ Transit Score: 57
Population in 2017: 7,132 ♦ Community size: 2.9 km² ♦ People per km²: 2,459 
Person crimes per 1,000 people: 9.53 ♦ Property crimes per 1,000 people: 89.18

 

9. Eau Claire

Restaurant points: 29 ♦ Recreation facility points: 41 ♦ Engagement score: 110.74
Walk Score: 91 ♦ Transit Score: 81
Population in 2017: 1,494 ♦ Community size: 0.5 km² ♦ People per km²: 3,332
Person crimes per 1,000 people: 20.08 ♦ Property crimes per 1,000 people: 213.52

 

10. Downtown Commercial Core

Restaurant points: 352 ♦ Recreation facility points: 54 ♦ Engagement score: 44.00
Walk Score: 93 ♦ Transit Score: 84
Population in 2017: 8,477 ♦ Community size: 1.3 km² ♦ People per km²: 6,737 
Person crimes per 1,000 people: 72.67 ♦ Property crimes per 1,000 people: 760.17 

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