Surrey has cracked the top 10 in BC Business’ annual list of “Best Cities for Work in B.C.”
Surrey placed seventh among the 36 cities listed, one place ahead of Delta and 10 better than 17th-place Vancouver.
Fort St. John topped the list, followed by Dawson Creek and North Vancouver. Squamish and Coquitlam rounded out the top five.
“We expect the results of this year’s ranking to attract a lot of attention and provoke a lot of discussion across the province,” said BC Business Editor-in-Chief Matt O’Grady. “The B.C. job market, despite what’s happening next door in Alberta, has more or less weathered the economic storm.”
Using a number of figures from various sources (i.e. Statistics Canada), cities were graded on income growth, average household income, population growth, unemployment, labour participation, people with degrees, and people taking transit.
Surrey scored 59.1 per cent on the list, with an average household income of $95,139, an unemployment rate of 6.1 per cent and population growth of 10.9 per cent.
Delta had an average household income of $108,061, an unemployment rate of 6.1 per cent and population growth of 4.6 per cent.