Key findings

  • Windsor has a Livability Score of 77/100, which is considered exceptional
  • Windsor crime rates are 70% higher than the Ontario average
  • Cost of living in Windsor is 22% lower than the Ontario average
  • Windsor real estate prices are 61% lower than the Ontario average
  • Rental prices in Windsor are 31% lower than the Ontario average

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      Windsor, ON

      Windsor in Ontario is the southernmost city in Canada and located just a short drive away from Detroit. The two cities were the hub of the locomotive industry and suffered losses when the factories folded in the global financial crisis. However, Windsor has seen a resurgence in recent years and is attracting a young and lively crowd of artists, musicians and retirees primarily due to its inexpensive housing and low cost of living. Windsor is also popular with entrepreneurs due to its low start-up costs. Our Windsor Livability guide will take you through all you need to know before heading to Windsor, from its vibrant cultural scene and warm community, to favourite resident recreational spots.

      Due to the low cost of housing, it is not uncommon for Windsorites to own multiple properties. Although prices are low, the housing market is becoming steadily more competitive and expensive as more people move to the city to work, start their own businesses or to retire. Windsor offers safe communities in well-planned neighbourhoods with street names that evoke the city’s strong French-Canadian heritage. This history is reflected particularly in the architecture of areas like Lakeshore, Tecumseh and LaSalle, which also have a significant number of Francophone residents. Sandwich, Ford City and Walkerville also have a number of historic buildings and these charming neighbourhoods with their many open green spaces are perfect for young families.

      Windsor also offers a range of entertainment opportunities to cater to its new generation of residents and new developments of restaurants, bars and spaces for art and music have taken the city by storm. Other highlights include the Walkerville area in particular for its selection of breweries and historical beer walks, where you can end the night with a pint of Guinness and an acoustic set at Kildare House. Ouellette Avenue, the main commercial street has a number of nightclubs, restaurants and shops. Here, you can walk along the river front and look at the Detroit skyline, or have a picnic at Willistead Park and Point Peele. Many residents also simply drive across the Ambassador Bridge to Detroit for music gigs and sports games, or take the Transit Windsor, which provides bus services within the city as well as to downtown Detroit.

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      Source: The Windsor, ON data and statistics displayed above are derived from Statistics Canada and updated for 2021 by Environics Analytics.