Airdrie - Best Cities

Airdrie

In a province known for wild swings in fortune tied to the price of fossil fuels, one small city has been trucking steadily for decades. Just 30 minutes north of Calgary and a few minutes away from its well-connected airport, things are looking sunny in Airdrie (and not just because it ranks in the top five for the most days of sunshine). The city has enjoyed a population increase of 20 per cent since 2016, at a time of supposed Albertan exodus by skilled workers. In fact, Airdrie ranks #3 in the country among small cities in our Population Growth subcategory, and #6 for Relocation (which tracks resident in-migration). Local leadership, well aware that many residents commute to Cowtown for work, are lowering property taxes and eliminating the city’s business tax to coax homegrown innovation. It’s working. Airdrie scores in the top three nationally in our overall Prosperity category, including #2 for Employment Rate and #4 for Household Income. Over the next few years, as more Canadians and immigrants seek housing affordability and job prospects—and with the energy industry ascendant once more—Airdrie’s sub-$500,000 single-family homes will get attention. As will planned amenities like the new 85,000-square-foot, $63-million library and community space, expected to open in 2025.