Ottawa Standard of Living
In 2004, Chatelaine, one of Canada's largest-circulation monthly magazines, recognized the Ottawa region as the best place to live and work in a cross-Canada survey. Factors included the quality of urban living, clean air, good public schools and libraries, affordable housing, efficient public transportation, the cultural scene, and good job prospects. The following year, the magazine selected Ottawa as one of the healthiest cities in which to live.
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The Ottawa Region boasts good health for its citizens, safe neighbourhoods, and access to good schools and after-school activities with no tolerance for drugs and violence.
Ottawa has been described as one of the most beautiful capitals in the world. Within and around the urban heart of the region are spectacular parks and wilderness areas. The typical drive to work is less than 30 minutes, and many people own recreational properties on the hundreds of clean lakes, rivers and streams that surround the region. Less than an hour's drive from the United States border, Ottawa enjoys the attributes of a major centre for the visual and performing arts, as well as other big-city attractions, while maintaining the accessibility, atmosphere and charm of a smaller city.