Every year an outfit called "Moneysense Magazine" ranks the best places in Canada to live. It's the kind of list a city wants to be on. It shows, that on balance, with all the good and not so good tossed together, that a community is worth living and raising a family in. It's also a good way for a city to beat it's chest a bit and promote itself a bit. 200 citys make the list each year.
Last year, Swift Current was 147th. This year, 114th. And as nice as it is to be in the top 125, don't you think we could be ranked higher?
I'd suggest that the way the system is built misses some real important things. You see in the "Moneysense" rankings, a number of factors are taken into consideration such as climate, crime rates, household incomes, taxation and jobless rates. What the rankings can't measure are the softer stats that mean just as much. The friendliness of the people, the spirit of community (look no further than our Hockeyville efforts), and the pride a city takes in it's personality and identifty. If those things could be quantified, I would think Swift Current might rank a LOT higher.
By the way, Regina was the top Saskatchewan city in 9th, and Saskatoon was not far behind in 13th. Other Saskatchewan cities ranked included Moose Jaw in 66th, Lloydminster in 71st, North Battleford at 88th, Yorkton at 93rd, Estevan at 96th, and Prince Albert at 184th.
All that said, things are just fine right here in the city where life makes sense.