Fort St. John has once again regained the crown that comes with being the best city to work in B.C.
On Dec. 18, BC Business magazine released its listing of 36 cities across the province with populations above 10,000.
Fort St. John was ranked second in 2017 last year and was crowned the best for 2015.
The move comes despite what BC Business calls a “persistent slump in fossil fuel prices” and the cancellation of Pacific NorthWest LNG this past summer.
Still, the city leads in many metrics used to independently calculate the rankings, including average household income ($139,305), average household income for primary earners under 35 ($123,744), leisure spending ($6,502), housing costs ($26,302), five-year income growth (up 20.5 per cent), and unemployment rates (5.2 per cent), among others.
South of the river, BC Business ranked Dawson Creek in second place, up from third in 2017.
“Anyone who’s visited Dawson Creek knows that the city is contending with a boom fuelled by multibillion-dollar investment in oil and gas extraction and infrastructure,” the magazine wrote.
Average household incomes in that city were $106,440, with primary earners under 35 making $88,851. Residents spend on average of $5,009 on leisure and $21,666 on housing, while the city’s unemployment rate is matched with Fort St. John.
Rounding out the top five cities were Squamish, Terrace, and Prince Rupert.
Bottoming out the list were Prince George in 32nd spot, a drop from its 2017 rank of 18, followed by Kamloops, Penticton, Port Alberni, and Powell River.
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