Victoria

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

7
159/263
Details
Large apartment$1327.16
Medium apartment$1061.46
Rent index [score]0.68
Small apartment$795.76

Cost of Living

5
140/261
Details
5km taxi ride$9.20
A Cappuccino$3.10
A beer$2.10
A kilogram of Apples$3.10
Bread$0.88
Inflation [score]0.52
Lunch$11.00
Monthly fitness club membership$34.00
Monthly public transport$60.00
Movie ticket$9.90
Price of a meal at a restaurant$64.22

Startups

4
135/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups4
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.27
Coworking spaces [score]0.77
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co10
Meetups [score]0.21
Meetups groups43
Meetups members9446
Number of investors22
Number of startup events in the last 12 months38
Number of upcoming meetup events10
Startup climate scene [score]0.42
Startup events15
Startup events13
Startup events [score]0.44
Startups [score]0.59
Total number of startups86

Venture Capital

2
217/228
Details
Venture capital [score]0.16

Travel Connectivity

1
210/260
Details
Airport hub24
Airport hub [score]0.18
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.12

Commute

5
144/260
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.70

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
88/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.74
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
89/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.64
Healthcare quality [score]0.75
Life expectancy (years)82.17
Life expectancy [score]0.93

Education

5
75/230
Details
Best university in rankingUniversity of Victoria
Best university ranking325
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]0.11

Environmental Quality

10
3/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.94
Cleanliness [score]1.00
Drinking water quality [score]0.94
Urban greenery [score]1.00

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

5
142/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)42.74
Internet access (download) [score]0.71
Internet access (upload) [score]0.29
Upload speed (Mbps)6.17

Leisure & Culture

5
196/263
Details
Art galleries61
Art galleries [score]0.35
Cinemas16
Cinemas [score]0.34
Comedy clubs5
Comedy clubs [score]0.37
Concert venues43
Concerts [score]0.52
Historical sites24
Historical sites [score]0.51
Museums10
Museums [score]0.40
Performing art venues58
Performing arts [score]0.35
Sport venues6
Sports [score]0.45
Zoos1
Zoos [score]0.58

Tolerance

6
162/264
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]0.33

Outdoors

4
160/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.17
Median peak in meters266.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)10.00
Water access [score]0.71
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Victoria are in the 140th place of all 261 Teleport cities. 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)

$1,202$1,452
$1327
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$34
Movie ticket$10
Broadband internet connection$51
Monthly public transport$60
Lunch$11
-27%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Victoria are above average. For this job type, Victoria ranks 83rd 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 Victoria.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$56,229
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 Victoria in position 81 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Climate

Average number of days per year without rain

213.1

Climate type

Mediterranean

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in Victoria

Victoria /vɪkˈtɔːriə/ (Saanich: Mətúliyə) is the capital city of British Columbia, Canada, and is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off Canada's Pacific coast. The city has a population of about 80,017, while the metropolitan area of Greater Victoria, has a population of 344,615, making it the 15th most populous Canadian urban region.

Victoria is the southernmost major city in Western Canada, and is located about 100 kilometres (60 miles) from BC's largest city of Vancouver on the mainland. The city is about 100 kilometres (60 miles) from Seattle by airplane, ferry, or the Victoria Clipper passenger-only ferry which operates daily, year round between Seattle and Victoria and 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Port Angeles, Washington, by ferry Coho across the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Named after Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and, at the time, British North America, Victoria is one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest, with British settlement beginning in 1843. The city has retained a large number of its historic buildings, in particular its two most famous landmarks, Legislative buildings (finished in 1897 and home of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia) and the Empress hotel (opened in 1908). The city's Chinatown is the second oldest in North America after San Francisco's. The region's Coast Salish First Nations peoples established communities in the area long before non-native settlement, possibly several thousand years earlier, which had large populations at the time of European exploration. Victoria, like many Vancouver Island communities, continues to have a sizeable First Nations presence, composed of peoples from all over Vancouver Island and beyond.

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