Calgary

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

6
175/263
Details
Large apartment$1409.46
Medium apartment$1157.68
Rent index [score]0.63
Small apartment$905.91

Cost of Living

5
178/261
Details
5km taxi ride$8.10
A Cappuccino$3.20
A beer$2.60
A kilogram of Apples$3.00
Bread$1.50
Inflation [score]0.47
Lunch$14.00
Monthly fitness club membership$51.00
Monthly public transport$79.00
Movie ticket$10.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$73.00

Startups

6
65/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups14
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.49
Coworking spaces [score]0.66
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co5
Meetups [score]0.35
Meetups groups89
Meetups members26289
Number of investors43
Number of startup events in the last 12 months620
Number of upcoming meetup events37
Startup climate scene [score]0.52
Startup events54
Startup events83
Startup events [score]0.67
Startups [score]0.70
Total number of startups193

Venture Capital

2
201/228
Details
Venture capital [score]0.20

Travel Connectivity

3
140/260
Details
Airport hub59
Airport hub [score]0.31
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.24

Commute

5
120/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Canada/Calgary
Traffic handling [score]0.63

Business Freedom

9
47/259
Details
Business freedom81.80
Business freedom [score]0.80
Freedom from corruption81.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.89
Lack of labor restrictions72.60
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.67
Time to open a business1.50
Time to open a business [score]1.00

Safety

8
79/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.77
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year2
Guns per 100 residents31
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.95
Lack of guns [score]0.86
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.90

Healthcare

8
68/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.65
Healthcare quality [score]0.81
Life expectancy (years)82.17
Life expectancy [score]0.93

Education

5
57/230
Details
Best university in rankingUniversity of Calgary
Best university ranking195
Country mean scores in PISA math test515.43
Country mean scores in PISA reading test523.12
Country mean scores in PISA science test525.44
PISA math ranking (high school)9
PISA ranking8
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.93
PISA reading (high school)7
PISA science (high school)10
Percent of happy students0.79
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.14
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.11
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.10
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.16
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.13
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.11
University quality [score]0.14

Environmental Quality

8
44/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.81
Cleanliness [score]0.91
Drinking water quality [score]0.85
Urban greenery [score]0.78

Economy

6
91/258
Details
Currency for urban areaCAD
GDP growth rate0.03
GDP growth rate [score]0.45
GDP per capita$44843.44
GDP per capita [score]0.71

Taxation

7
20/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.96
Income tax level [score]0.51
Profit tax (% of profit)0.21
Time overhead to file company taxes131
VAT (Sales Tax)0.05

Internet Access

8
24/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)26.42
Internet access (download) [score]0.55
Internet access (upload) [score]0.97
Upload speed (Mbps)37.63

Leisure & Culture

4
208/263
Details
Art galleries68
Art galleries [score]0.33
Cinemas45
Cinemas [score]0.54
Comedy clubs25
Comedy clubs [score]0.77
Concert venues63
Concerts [score]0.54
Historical sites59
Historical sites [score]0.43
Museums22
Museums [score]0.45
Performing art venues87
Performing arts [score]0.56
Sport venues38
Sports [score]0.66
Zoos3
Zoos [score]0.77

Tolerance

6
143/264
Details
Homosexuality acceptance (percent of the surveyed population in favor)0.80
LGBT Equality Index82.02
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.84
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✖ Unequal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (5-year deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsVaries by Region
LGBT discrimination legalityIllegal in some contexts
LGBT employment discrimination legalitySexual orientation only
LGBT gender changing rightsVaries by Region
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legalityVaries by Region
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.38

Outdoors

8
3/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.88
Median peak in meters2666.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside waterbody1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)1042.00
Water access [score]0.73
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Calgary are in the 178th place of all 261 Teleport cities and the most expensive in Canada. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$979$1,336
$1158
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$51
Movie ticket$10
Broadband internet connection$46
Monthly public transport$79
Lunch$14
-23%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Calgary are above average. For this job type, Calgary ranks 93rd for salaries among 264 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in Calgary.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$54,024
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

30.80
Guns per 100 people
1.97
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Calgary in position 67 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Climate

Average number of days per year without rain

297.1

Climate type

Continental Subarctic

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in Calgary

Onward!, the official motto of Calgary, is more apt than ever in the wake of the major flooding the city experienced in June 2013. A year later, the casual visitor would have been hard-pressed to find any traces of the flood. As of November 2016, the only changes visitors may notice are the closure of boating through the Harvie Passage section of the Bow River, and a few remaining sections of bike paths that are closed as a result of flood damage or for riverbank stabilization.

Calgary is Alberta's largest city and Canada's fourth-largest, and is located near where the prairies end and the foothills begin. That makes it the eastern gateway to the Rocky Mountains and an important center of trade and tourism for the western prairies. It is your best point of access for Banff and Jasper, and a worthwhile destination in its own right. Calgary is the heart of the largest metropolitan area between Toronto and Vancouver, with over 1,210,000 people as of 2011 (1.1 million within city limits), making it Canada's fourth largest metropolitan area.

Calgary was founded by the Northwest Mounted Police (NWMP) in 1875 and was originally called Fort Brisebois. (The name was changed to Fort Calgary in 1876, named after Calgary Bay on the Isle of Mull.) The NWMP was sent west to ensure that Canada would not have an American-style "Wild West". Grave concerns about this were raised after the Cypress Hills Massacre of natives by drunken wolf hunters in 1873. Calgary was one of several forts established in Western Canada by the NWMP to ensure a police presence before the arrival of settlers.

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