Looking for a good, well-paying job in Victoria? Your search might be harder than you thought.

In a survey released by BC Business last month, Victoria was named one of the worst cities to work in going into the New Year.

For the fifth consecutive year, BC Business has worked extensively with Environics Analytics to collect economic data in the province, such as average household income, income growth, recreational spending, shelter costs, five-year population growth and unemployment rate. Only cities with a population of over 10,000 were evaluated.

Squamish claimed the top-ranking city in BC for employment for the second year in a row due to high employment rates, extra spending on recreation, and an influx of housing construction. Whistler, North Vancouver, and Langley followed behind, respectively.

This year, Victoria’s ranking saw the biggest drop of any city on the list — from 7th in 2018, to 36th out of 46 cities heading into 2019.

The Capital Region claimed last place for average income for people under the age of 35 which was a major contributing factor in its recent drop.

Victoria wasn’t the only metropolis in which conditions for workers declined significantly. Metro Vancouver dipped from 9th to 31st due to high housing costs, long commute times, and mediocre incomes.

This was the first year BC Business took real estate prices into account, providing a partial explanation as to why larger cities have taken such a big hit, with real estate prices skyrocketing in urban centers over the past few years.

It is worth noting that the study only takes economic factors into consideration. In 2017, Victoria was ranked one of Canada’s top cities to be a woman in, and took second place in Condé Nast’s Reader’s Choice Award for ‘Best Small Cities to live in outside of the U.S.”

Here’s the full BC Business ranking of the best cities to work in this year:

  1. Squamish
  2. Whistler
  3. Township of North Vancouver
  4. Township of Langley
  5. Kelowna
  6. Prince Rupert
  7. City of Langley
  8. City of North Vancouver
  9. Fort St. John
  10. Maple Ridge
  11. Coquitlam
  12. Sechelt
  13. Parksville
  14. Surrey
  15. Nanaimo
  16. Delta
  17. Terrace
  18. Port Coquitlam
  19. Salmon Arm
  20. Richmond
  21. Courtenay
  22. Sidney
  23. Saanich
  24. Quesnel
  25. Chilliwack
  26. Prince George
  27. Penticton
  28. Vernon
  29. Pitt Meadows
  30. Dawson Creek
  31. Vancouver
  32. Burnaby
  33. Williams Lake
  34. Duncan/North Cowichan
  35. Comox
  36. Victoria
  37. Kamloops
  38. Mission
  39. Cranbrook
  40. Abbotsford
  41. Powell River
  42. Summerland
  43. New Westminster
  44. Campbell River
  45. Nelson
  46. Port Alberni

Click here for the full methodology of the survey.

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