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5 Best Places to Raise a Family in the GTA

Living in the GTA

Toronto is a major North American hub for business, culture and entertainment which makes the Greater Toronto Area a popular spot for growing families. 450 kilometers of GO Transit routes and more than 60 train stations, living in the suburbs and commuting downtown Toronto is as convenient as it gets. Whether you have an established family or you are newly married consider our list of the 5 Best Places to Raise a Family in the GTA before you make the big move.


Burlington | Best Places to Raise a Family in the GTA
Just a short drive down the 403 from Toronto, Burlington is situated at the southern end of the Lake Ontario. The city of 175,000 has become a go to spot to raise a family in recent years. This is probably in part due to the constant stream of GO trains into the downtown Toronto area. With affordable housing, convenient commuter access to Toronto and such attractions as the Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington is definitely one of the best places to raise a family in the GTA.

Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Average Home Cost: $496,412
Average Household Income: $110,113
Doctor per 1000: 2.54
Crime Rate per 100,000: 2611


Oakville | Best Places to Raise a Family in the GTA A 30 minute drive (depending on traffic) from Toronto, Oakville plays host to a variety of festivals each year, one of which includes a Jazz Festival that sees more than 40, 000 visitors descend upon the city to enjoy artists from all over the world. There is an abundance of parks and a shore front to keep any family that enjoys their green space busy. In Oakville, you have close access to both airports (Pearson International Airport and Billy Bishop Island Airport) and the GO rail system. Oakville is great for any travelling business person that wants to spend as much time at home as possible.

Unemployment Rate: 7%
Average Home Cost: $692,902
Average Household Income: $145,694
Doctor per 1000: 2.07
Crime Rate per 100,000: 2611


Whitby | Best Places to Raise a Family in the GTALocated on the north shore of Lake Ontario, this town of 122, 000 supports one of the finest natural ports on the great lake. The active harbour front coupled with miles of beaches and close to a thousand acres of parks, Whitby is ideal for the outdoor enthusiast. Along with a low average home cost, Whitby is a great stepping stone between city and country life.

Unemployment Rate: 7.3
Average Home Cost: $414,719
Average Household Income: $109,010
Doctor per 1000: 1.47
Crime Rate per 100,000: 3626


Aurora is the smallest community to make our list, but don’t let that fool you. Despite only having a population of around 55, 000 residents, Aurora has all the amenities that one could ask for. Situated 40 minutes north of Toronto, many residents are downtown commuters with families. Due to its simple commute, high average household income and small town feel, Aurora makes our lists as one of the best places to raise a family in the GTA.

Unemployment Rate: 7.7
Average Home Cost: $576,304
Average Household Income: $133,429
Doctor per 1000: 2.07
Crime Rate per 100,000: 2806

Halton Hills

Halton Hills | Best Places to Raise a Family in the GTA
Halton Hills continue  to show their ongoing commitment to being family orientated, the city of  Halton Hills is set to open the Action Arena in 2015 that will add a NHL sized ice pad, senior centre and skate park. Perfect for families constantly on the go Halton Hills’ community is laced with trails and parks.

Unemployment Rate: 6.6
Average Home Cost: $515,080
Average Household Income: $117,992
Doctor per 1000: 2.07
Crime Rate per 100,000: 2611


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