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 B

There are some amenities close to this location.
Coffee (31) B
Entertainment (10) F
Food and Drink (36) F
Fitness (8) F
Groceries (24) A+
Parks (364) A+
Shops (94) A+
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commute A+

Of all people who commute, 6.7% take public transportation in Saanich.
Public Transit Stops (709)
Stops & Stations
Workers Taking Public Transit
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cost of living F

The cost of living in Saanich is 106/100 - which is 14% lower than British Columbia.
Cost of Living
Goods & Services, Housing, etc.
Tax Rates
Income & Sales Tax
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crime B+

Saanich crime rates are 3,019 per 100k, which is 50% lower than British Columbia
Property Crime
2,459 crimes per 100k
Violent Crime
560 crimes per 100k
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employment A+

The median income in Saanich is $95,636 - which is 11% higher than British Columbia.
Med. Household Income
Unemployment Rate
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health A+

There are some hospitals, police and fire stations.
Health & Safety (19)
Dentist, Doctor, Hospital, etc.
Air Quality
Median Air Quality
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housing A

Saanich home prices are $1,225,000 - which is 28% higher than British Columbia
Home Price
Home Appreciation Rate
Home Affordability
12.8x (home price to income ratio)
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schools A-

The Saanich graduation rate is 89% - which is 4% higher than British Columbia
School Test Scores
High School Grad. Rates
Elementary Schools (0) F
High Schools (0) A
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ratings A

Saanich has an overall rating of 83% from 4 reviews.
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Living in Saanich, BC

Saanich Area Facts

  • Saanich has a Livability Score of 85/100, which is considered exceptional
  • Saanich crime rates are 50% lower than the British Columbia average
  • Cost of living in Saanich is 14% lower than the British Columbia average

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      Saanich, BC

      Saanich is a district municipality on Vancouver Island that is dissected in two by the Patricia Bay Highway. It is the eighth most populous city in British Columbia and the largest city on Vancouver Island. Still, it is a suburb of Victoria, though it is so much more than that. This is why it is often listed as one of the top places to live in the province, which has a lot to do with its stunning topography. Saanich boasts some great beaches, a beautiful coastline and numerous lakes, as well as urban sprawl.

      There are two districts in Saanich, both of which have numerous communities. Most of these are residential areas of various income brackets, although the core of the city (Uptown) is largely commercialised. Neighbouring Tillicum Village and Gorge-Tillicum are two of the trendiest areas of the city to live in due to their great shopping and recreational centres. As well, they are set right along the Gorge Waters. Another gem is the seaside neighbourhood of Gordon Head due to its many parks, recreational facilities and schools. This is where the University of Victoria is situated, making it a popular area for younger residents.

      Many people choose to retire in Saanich, as it is a beautiful city with lots to offer. It also has a low crime rate and a low unemployment rate, making it appealing for families. There are schools all over the city, as well as the University of Victoria and the two main campuses of Camosun College. Most residents in Saanich own a private house, which is another great thing about living in the city, as the majority of apartments are within a lovely converted house, making them quite cozy and welcoming. This just adds charm to the city, which, combined with its stunning surroundings, makes it a highly liveable city.

      Numerous bus routes travel through Saanich, making it quite easy to get around. These are all linked to Victoria, which attracts commuters that work in BC’s capital city. Still, any Saanich local will tell you that you don’t ever have to leave the city, as it has everything that you could want in a city that call home. There are numerous shopping malls, sandy beaches and great parks, some of which have extensive hiking trails. Don’t forget to go to Mount Tolmie Park for a fabulous view of the whole of Greater Victoria, to visit the historic Dominion Astrophysical Observatory or to explore the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary.

      B Amenities

      Are there many local amenities in Saanich? Yes, there are some amenities close to this location.


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      Normandy Park
      Strom Ness Park
      Chatterton Hill Park
      Commonwealth Place
      Falaise Park


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      14 steps
      Centre of the Universe
      Swan Lake Nature House
      Dodd House
      Abandoned Volkswagen Bug
      Craigflower Schoolhouse
      Craigflower Manor

      Food & Drink

      Sweet Delights
      BC Liquor Store
      Urban Diner
      Pizazz Pizza
      The Monkey Tree Pub
      Dairy Queen

      A+ Commute

      Is public transit available in Saanich? Of all people who commute, 6.7% take public transportation in Saanich.
      Drive to Work

      3% lower than the CDN average

      Take Public Transit

      equal to the CDN average

      Walk to Work

      equal to the CDN average

      A Health & Safety

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



      Shoppers Drug Mart
      Shoppers Drug Mart


      Amanda Weinerman Optometry Clinic
      Three Corners Professional Centre - Building A
      Three Corners Professional Centre - Building B