Livability Score

i The AreaVibes Livability Score evaluates 9 different categories and creates an overall score out of 100. The higher the score, the better the area.

amenities A+

There are lots of amenities close to this location.
Coffee (71) A+
Entertainment (25) A+
Food and Drink (221) A+
Fitness (34) A+
Groceries (67) A+
Parks (633) A+
Shops (440) A+
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commute A+

Of all people who commute, 4.8% take public transportation in Kitchener.
Public Transit Stops (1054)
Stops & Stations
Workers Taking Public Transit
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cost of living C+

The cost of living in Kitchener is 95/100 - which is 15% lower than Ontario.
Cost of Living
Goods & Services, Housing, etc.
Tax Rates
Income & Sales Tax
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crime C-

Kitchener crime rates are 4,178 per 100k, which is 35% higher than Ontario
Property Crime
3,105 crimes per 100k
Violent Crime
1,073 crimes per 100k
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employment B

The median income in Kitchener is $80,625 - which is 8% lower than Ontario.
Med. Household Income
Unemployment Rate
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health A+

There are many hospitals, police and fire stations.
Health & Safety (114)
Dentist, Doctor, Hospital, etc.
Air Quality
Median Air Quality
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housing A+

Kitchener home prices are $536,578 - which is 36% lower than Ontario
Home Price
Home Appreciation Rate
Home Affordability
6.7x (home price to income ratio)
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schools A-

The Kitchener graduation rate is 83% - which is 1% lower than Ontario
School Test Scores
High School Grad. Rates
Elementary Schools (69) A+
High Schools (25) A+
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ratings C

Kitchener has an overall rating of 65% from 22 reviews.
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Living in Kitchener, ON

Kitchener Area Facts

  • Kitchener has a Livability Score of 87/100, which is considered exceptional
  • Kitchener crime rates are 35% higher than the Ontario average
  • Cost of living in Kitchener is 15% lower than the Ontario average

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Kitchener, ON

Kitchener, in Southern Ontario is a relatively small city with booming employment opportunities that attracts a number of young professionals looking to save on the cost of big city living. Residents who move to Kitchener usually do so because of beckoning job prospects and stay on for the quality of life, low cost of living and child-friendliness. If you’re thinking of heading to the city, our Kitchener Livability guide will help you with all you need to make an informed decision.

Housing in Kitchener is affordable and if becoming a homeowner is high on your list of priorities, then there’s no place like this city, especially for growing families. There have been a number of redevelopment projects to revitalize Downtown Kitchener and several old factories have been converted into trendy upscale lofts and residences. A number of newly developed condominiums in this area are also popular with young professionals, as they offer a range of modern facilities and amenities. For families, the areas of Stanley Park, Heritage and Forest Heights are popular. These charming neighbourhoods offer a number of good schools, parks and community centres that are ideal for those with young children. The trails along Grand River are also excellent recreational spots for the whole family and offer plenty of opportunities for hiking and weekend activities. Kitchener has a fine transportation network with great connectivity both within the city and to the greater metropolitan area that make it easy to get around. These include the Grand River Transit and GO Transit we well as a light rail transit between Conestoga Mall in north Waterloo, all the way to Fairview Mall in south Kitchener.

Kitchener-Waterloo has a strong Germanic heritage and its Oktoberfest celebration is a must attend. Music lovers will also find plenty to enjoy with the Kitchener-Waterloo Blues Festival, a four day festival in downtown Kitchener that attracts a number of revellers from both within the city and out of town. Any Kitchener resident will also highlight The KOI Music Festival and Kultrun World Music Festival held in downtown Kitchener in the summer, popular events for the whole family that you won’t want to miss.

A+ Amenities

Are there many local amenities in Kitchener? Yes, there are lots of amenities close to this location.


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Wax Nightclub
Apollo Cinema
Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts
District Nightclub
Registry Theatre

Food & Drink

McCabe's Irish Pub
The Beer Store
Fat Bastard Burrito Co
The Sprightly Grape
Union Burger
Union Burger
Frankie's Pub

A+ Commute

Is public transit available in Kitchener? Of all people who commute, 4.8% take public transportation in Kitchener.
Drive to Work

8% higher than the CDN average

Take Public Transit

2% lower than the CDN average

Walk to Work

1% lower than the CDN average

A+ Health & Safety

Is Kitchener a healthy and safe place to live? Yes, there are many hospitals, police and fire stations.


St. Mary's General Hospital
Grand River Hospital
Grand River Hospital Freeport Campus


Shoppers Drug Mart
Hoegler Pharmaplus Drugmart
Queens Pharmacy
The Medicine Shope
King Pharmacy


Centre for Family Medicine
Weber Medical Walk in clinic
Onyx Medical Centre
Optometrists - Dr. Valerie Dippel & Dr. Dawn Clarke
eHealth Centre of Excellence
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J Borys
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