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 (424) A+
Entertainment (141) A+
Food and Drink (1476) A+
Fitness (366) A+
Groceries (263) A+
Parks (3262) A+
Shops (2955) A+
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commute A+

Of all people who commute, 12.3% take public transportation in Ottawa.
Public Transit Stops (5888)
Stops & Stations
Workers Taking Public Transit
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cost of living B

The cost of living in Ottawa is 92/100 - which is 17% lower than Ontario.
Cost of Living
Goods & Services, Housing, etc.
Tax Rates
Income & Sales Tax
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crime B+

Ottawa crime rates are 2,698 per 100k, which is 13% lower than Ontario
Property Crime
2,005 crimes per 100k
Violent Crime
693 crimes per 100k
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employment A+

The median income in Ottawa is $100,891 - which is 15% higher than Ontario.
Med. Household Income
Unemployment Rate
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health A+

There are many hospitals, police and fire stations.
Health & Safety (1143)
Dentist, Doctor, Hospital, etc.
Air Quality
Median Air Quality
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housing A+

Ottawa home prices are $601,987 - which is 28% lower than Ontario
Home Price
Home Appreciation Rate
Home Affordability
6x (home price to income ratio)
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schools A+

The Ottawa graduation rate is 89% - which is 6% higher than Ontario
School Test Scores
High School Grad. Rates
Elementary Schools (262) B-
High Schools (106) A+
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ratings A

Ottawa has an overall rating of 80% from 31 reviews.
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Ottawa, ON

The capital city of Canada sits on the Ontario side of the Ottawa River, directly facing Quebec. Ottawa is Canada’s fourth largest city, as well as being one of the fastest growing cities in North America. In the past, Ottawa was a small lumber town, but today it is a vibrant city with strong cultural, economic and political presence. It is not the nation’s capital for no reason, and with this comes numerous post-secondary and research institutions, high-tech companies and national defence headquarters.

In terms of living, Ottawa is a beautiful city that still has a bit of a community feeling to it. Its cultural scene is magnificent, particularly in ByWard Market, where you will find the city’s best nightlife. It also has some of the best shopping and dining that Ottawa has to offer. The Golden Triangle area is another fun neighbourhood that is home to numerous boutiques, restaurants and art galleries. Both of these areas are trendy areas to live in, although they are not the cheapest places in the city due to location alone.

Ottawa is an extremely family-friendly city and is much cheaper to live in than other big cities across Canada. It is also bilingual, which is great in terms of schooling. Plus, there is a large population of young families, with the average age being around 39. It also happens to be one of the safest cities in the country. Another great thing about living here is that it is extremely clean and green. In fact, Ottawa has an extensive network of paths for walking and cycling, as well as parks and green spaces. If you would prefer to get around by public transportation, there are buses and a light-rail network traversing the city.

Ottawa is a fascinating city, with much to see and do. Not only is it home to Canada’s parliament buildings, but it also houses numerous museums and galleries. These include the Canadian Museum of History, the National Gallery, the Canada Agriculture Museum and the Canadian War Museum. It also has some stunning architecture, and any Ottawa resident will say to take a walking tour to see the Bank of Canada, the Gothic Revival Parliament Buildings and the historic buildings along Elgin Street. Not to mention places like the Carlton University campus, the Rideau Canal and the modern Public Service Alliance of Canada Building.

A+ Amenities

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


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Confederation Square
Confederation Park
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Ottawa Insectarium
The Haunted Walk of Ottawa
Bank Street Gallery
National War Memorial
Southam Hall
Parliament Hill
National Arts Centre
Fourth Stage

Food & Drink

Asian Gourmet
Booster Juice
Soup Guy Plus
Kebob Kebob
Thaï Express
Sushi Shop

A+ Commute

Is public transit available in Ottawa? Of all people who commute, 12.3% take public transportation in Ottawa.
Drive to Work

4% lower than the CDN average

Take Public Transit

5% higher than the CDN average

Walk to Work

1% higher than the CDN average

A+ Health & Safety

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


The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre
Saint-Vincent Hospital
The Perley and Rideau Veteran's Health Centre
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Hôpital Montfort
The Ottawa Hospital - Riverside Campus
The Ottawa Hospital - Civic Campus
Queensway Carleton Hospital


Shoppers Drug Mart
Loblaws Pharmacy
Shoppers Drug Mart
Shoppers Drug Mart
Hudson's Bay Pharmacy


Équipe de santé familiale communautaire
Queensway Medical centre
Appletree Medical Centre
Carrefour Vanier Vein Clinic
McCooey Chiropractic
Wellington Medical Clinic
Towngate Medical Centre

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