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 F

There are not many amenities close to this location.
Coffee (20) F
Entertainment (14) F
Food and Drink (47) F
Fitness (9) F
Groceries (17) F
Parks (157) A+
Shops (108) F
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commute F

Of all people who commute, 2.8% take public transportation in Thunder Bay.
Public Transit Stops (6)
Stops & Stations
Workers Taking Public Transit
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cost of living A+

The cost of living in Thunder Bay is 76/100 - which is 32% lower than Ontario.
Cost of Living
Goods & Services, Housing, etc.
Tax Rates
Income & Sales Tax
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crime D-

Thunder Bay crime rates are 5,133 per 100k, which is 66% higher than Ontario
Property Crime
3,815 crimes per 100k
Violent Crime
1,318 crimes per 100k
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employment B-

The median income in Thunder Bay is $75,398 - which is 14% lower than Ontario.
Med. Household Income
Unemployment Rate
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health A+

There are not many hospitals, police and fire stations,
Health & Safety (22)
Dentist, Doctor, Hospital, etc.
Air Quality
Median Air Quality
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housing A

Thunder Bay home prices are $264,538 - which is 68% lower than Ontario
Home Price
Home Appreciation Rate
Home Affordability
3.5x (home price to income ratio)
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schools B

The Thunder Bay graduation rate is 82% - which is 3% lower than Ontario
School Test Scores
High School Grad. Rates
Elementary Schools (42) F
High Schools (22) A+
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ratings F

Thunder Bay has an overall rating of 50% from 12 reviews.
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Thunder Bay Area Facts

  • Thunder Bay has a Livability Score of 71/100, which is considered excellent
  • Thunder Bay crime rates are 66% higher than the Ontario average
  • Cost of living in Thunder Bay is 32% lower than the Ontario average

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      Thunder Bay, ON

      Situated on the banks of Lake Superior in northwestern Ontario, the modern city of Thunder Bay is built around two places extremely important to Canadian history: Fort William, the hub of the Canadian Fur Trade and Port Arthur, the westernmost frontier of the Great Lakes navigation route. The modern city takes its name from the “Thunder Bay” located on the northern shore of Lake Superior and today is a tranquil city with diverse neighborhoods that is proud of its deep roots in Canada’s history.

      Finding a great place to live is almost as important as the home or rental that you choose to live. In northern Thunder Bay, you’ll find a quiet community neighbourhood called Current River. It has amazing access to the lake and recreational trails perfect for family time. There are also high-rise Thunder Bay apartments that can be found with excellent views of the lake and the Sleeping Giant. The Sleeping Giant is a formation of mesas and sills which looks like a giant sleeping on its back! There are great schools in the area which include both public and Catholic schools. The library is also close by car. In terms of shopping there are a few conveniences stores in the area. But, you’ll have to jump in your car to County Fair Plaza or Downtown North to make any major shopping trips.

      Quality of homes and rentals tend to vary sharply by Thunder Bay’s areas and neighborhoods. As the original town of Thunder Bay developed from the City Centers of Fort William and Port Arthur, it is these downtown areas that have the oldest buildings and significantly lower prices. Neighborhoods in Port Arthur generally have higher quality housing options and tend to be more spacious while located in residential communities. Larger housing projects, which are the newest and most expensive - tend to be located in the suburban areas of Thunder Bay.

      In past years, Thunder Bay has struggled with higher than average crime rates. However, over the last five years, crime rates have come down by nearly 30%. It is still important to do your research as some neighbourhoods still struggle with high crime.

      In addition to the numerous historic sites located both in Port William and Forth Arthur, immerse yourself in Thunder Bay’s history with an evening stroll through the bay areas. You’ll be able to see remnants of the city’s architectural past and admire stunning views of Lake Superior.

      F Amenities

      Are there many local amenities in Thunder Bay? Well, there are not many amenities close to this location.


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      Art Gallery
      Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
      Port Arthur Stadium
      SilverCity Thunder Bay Cinemas
      Fort William Stadium
      Fort William Gardens
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      Thunder Bay Museum

      Food & Drink

      Dining Hall of Lakehead University
      Sleeping Giant Brewery
      Sleeping Giant Brewing Company 2019

      F Commute

      Is public transit available in Thunder Bay? Of all people who commute, 2.8% take public transportation in Thunder Bay.
      Drive to Work

      8% higher than the CDN average

      Take Public Transit

      4% lower than the CDN average

      Walk to Work

      equal to the CDN average

      D- Health & Safety

      Is Thunder Bay a healthy and safe place to live? Yes, there are some hospitals, police and fire stations.


      Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
      St. Joseph's Care Group


      Shoppers Drug Mart