BARRIE - To rise in the ranks, Barrie numbers had to drop like a stone thrown from the tip of the Spirit Catcher.
Barrie's landslide drop in the national MoneySense Best Places to Live 2015 ranking places it in the top 50 cities to live in Canada.
From a dismal showing in 2014 when Barrie placed 120 out of 201 cities (based on 2013 statistics), this year's rapid climb of 78 points to a stately 42 ranking in a growing list of 209 cities, is attributed to employment gains, population growth and increased transit ridership.
"I think the fact that Barrie was the fastest rising city in the index is a nice thing to refer to as we try to convince businesses to move to Barrie," Mayor Jeff Lehman said. "Also, it's nice to see Barrie in the top quarter of the list. Traditionally, we were sort of in the middle of the pack and I don't think Barrie belongs there."
Two of the major factors contributing to its rise stem from Barrie's population growing from 4.7% to 5.6% in 2014, and the unemployment rate dropping substantially from 8.4% to 5.83%.
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