Highest Walk Score
Walk Score measures the walkability of a neighbourhood based on the percentage of daily errands that can be accomplished on foot in the area. Walk Score is a private company based in Seattle, Washington, that provides a complete list of Walk Scores, Transit Scores and Bike Scores for Calgary neighbourhoods on its website.
1. Beltline 91(tie)
1. Downtown Commercial Core 91 (tie)
3. Lower Mount Royal 88
4. Downtown West End 87
5. Cliff Bungalow 85
Highest Community Engagement Points
Community engagement means a lot of different things to a lot of different people and a lot of what it means is subjective. Yet our aim was to create an engagement score based on objective measures available comprehensively for the city’s many neighbourhoods.
One aspect of community engagement that can be measured is neighbours’ opportunities to run into each other. The more neighbours see each other out and about in their community, the more likely it is that they meet and then become involved in their community.
To create our engagement score we collected data on access to libraries, parks, playgrounds, community halls, schools and more. We took into consideration the percentage of dog owners with the thought that the more dog owners there are wandering a community’s streets, the more likely it is neighbours might chat casually with one another.
Our engagement score is definitely a substitute for other qualitative measures of community involvement such as friendly neighbours who are actively involved in helping each other. But we think it’s a pretty good substitute.
1. Huntington Hills 196
2. McKenzie Lake 182
3. Lake Bonavista 170
4. Hillhurst 169
5. Pineridge 163
Using data from Open Calgary, we recorded the number of trees per square kilometre in each neighbourhood. These are the five neighbourhoods with the highest number of trees per square kilometre.
1. Queens Park Village 5,531 trees per sq.-km
2. Eau Claire 4,242 trees per sq.-km
3. Erlton 3,041 trees per sq.-km
4. Garrison Green 2,443 trees per sq.-km
5. Rosedale 2,418 trees per sq.-km
Most Important Characteristics in a Great Place to Live
Avenue Calgary‘s best neighbourhoods list is determined by a survey that asks respondents to tell us what characteristics are important to them in a place to live. The survey presents several lists of characteristics and asks respondents to rank them from most to least important. From those responses, we determine the weighting of importance for each characteristic. That weighting combined with data we collect is how we rank the established communities in Calgary.
This is the list of most important characteristics for a great place to live according to the survey.