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Edmontonians and Calgarians pleased with quality of life, but worries growing

Edmontonians and Calgarians both rate their quality of life about the same, but people in Calgary more concerned about the economy

Edmontonians and Calgarians have a similar outlook on their quality of life, but Calgarians are much more concerned.


Edmontonians and Calgarians have a similar outlook on their quality of life, but Calgarians are much more concerned.

Edmontonians and Calgarians are both pretty satisfied with the quality of life, but concerns about the economy are playing heavy on their minds.

A poll conducted exclusively for Metro by Think HQ Public Affairs showed Calgarians put their satisfaction with their quality of life at 6.8 on a scale out of ten with Edmontonians close behind at 6.6 per cent.

Marc Henry, Think HQ’s president said that’s a sign even in these tough economic times that most people are content.

“People in both cities are pretty happy with the quality of life they have,” he said.

Residents of both cities rated their parks and open spaces high, as well as seeing their cities as welcoming, vibrant places with lots to do, but were concerned about the economy. 

The major difference between the two cities is on the economy. Calgarians rated the strength of their economy as a 4.4 out of 10 and had gave the affordability of their city as a 4.3 out of 10.

Edmontonians were a little more positive putting their economy at a 5.1 and the affordability of their city at a 5.7.

Henry said Calgary has definitely been hit harder by the economic downturn and the city has always been a less affordable place to live than Edmonton.

He said neither city is going to see a major improvement until things turn around. 

“I would suspect you are not going to see these numbers go up again until we see the economy improve.”

Edmonton Coun. Andrew Knack said he would like to see higher numbers, but is also curious about how the rest of the country views things.

“I would be curious what it is across the country, but my first reaction is that it’s a little lower than I would have thought,” he said.

He said the economic downturn could start to have more of an impact this year in Edmonton, but he’s hopeful new infrastructure investments could help stem that tide.

Calgary Coun. Richard Pootmans said he’s happy to see that Calgarians suggested they felt safe in their community, as compared with Edmonton, noting the police service is one of the largest portions of the city budget.

Pootmans also found it interesting that both cities had the exact same response on provincial services such as health and education.

As for city responsibilities, Pootmans said the poll confirms for him the track council is taking during the downturn.

“I think it reaffirms for me that the investments were considering making to provide some stimulus to the economy with capital projects – I think we’re on the right track,” he said.

The survey was weighted to reflect gender and age of Edmonton and Calgary as determined by Statistics Canada.

This online survey utilizes a representative but non-random sample, therefore margin of error is not applicable. However, a probability sample of this size would yield a margin of error of +/- 4.8 percentage points at a 95 per cent confidence interval in Edmonton and  +/- 4.6 in Calgary.

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