Despite a recent REMAX report which showed Bayview and Downtown West End of Sault Ste. Marie to have some of the most affordable housing prices in Ontario, in terms of buying a home, they didn’t take into account anything that might contribute to keeping the prices low.
According to MacLeans Magazine’s 2021 ratings, Sault Ste. Marie has ranked the 5th most dangerous city in Ontario and 74th in all of Canada.
The ratings are based on the 5-year-average Crime Severity Index, which averages 73 in Canada, 93 in Sault Ste. Marie.
According to Statistics Canada, the Crime Severity Index is a new tool for measuring police-reported crime in Canada that, for the first time, tracks changes in the severity of crime, not just volume.
The report also examines how crime is measured in Canada, as well as recent improvements to statistics generation on crime-related data gathered from the police.
“The idea behind Maclean’s Best Communities ranking is that while there are many intangible things that determine quality of life that can’t be quantified and measured, a lot of tangible things can be,” says the introduction to the report. “In our inaugural edition of the ranking, we gathered data on 415 communities across the country and compared them based on categories we thought would be most important to the average person. Then the pandemic hit, and people’s priorities changed.”
Overall, we are ranked 211th out of 415 communities on the Best Communities in Canada 2021 report. The three biggest attractors are internet access, amenities, and affordability.
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