Which one is better to live in – Calgary or Edmonton? Why?

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Which one is better to live in – Calgary or Edmonton? Why?

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Do you feel like a big city slicker or a small town girl? Edmonton or Calgary – which one is better to live in? Both cities have their pros and cons, but when it comes down to it, we think Calgary takes the cake. Read on to find out why!

Calgary and Edmonton are the 2 biggest cities in Alberta, Canada. The question is which one is better to live in, Calgary or Edmonton? Why?


It is difficult to say which city is better to live in, as it ultimately depends on an individual’s personal preferences and priorities. Both Calgary and Edmonton have their own unique features and attractions, and which city is better for you will depend on what you are looking for in a place to live.

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Here are some factors to consider when deciding between Calgary and Edmonton:

  • Location: Calgary is located in southern Alberta, near the Rocky Mountains, while Edmonton is located in central Alberta. This can be a factor to consider if you enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and skiing, or if you prefer a more urban environment.

  • Cost of living: Both Calgary and Edmonton have a relatively low cost of living compared to other major cities in Canada. However, Calgary tends to be more expensive than Edmonton, particularly in terms of housing costs.

  • Employment: Both cities have strong economies and a diverse range of industries, including oil and gas, healthcare, and technology. Unemployment rates in both cities are generally low.

  • Climate: Calgary and Edmonton both have cold winters and warm summers, with Calgary generally experiencing cooler temperatures and more snowfall.

Ultimately, the decision of which city is better to live in will depend on your personal circumstances and what you are looking for in a place to call home. It may be helpful to research and compare the two cities in more detail to determine which one is a better fit for you.

What are the pros and cons of Calgary vs Edmonton.

As someone who has lived in both cities for more than 3 years and is still living in Calgary:

  1. Weather: you have more sunshine and less harsh winter in Calgary with occasional positive temperature in the middle of the winter because of the Chinook winds: Calgary wins
  2. Cost of life: Edmonton rent, home ownership, food, clothing is slightly cheaper than same items in Calgary: Edmonton wins
  3. Job Opportunities: more blue collar jobs in Edmonton, more white collar jobs in Calgary: tie
  4. Education: Edmonton has one of the top university in Canada called University of Alberta. University of Calgary has a first class business school called Hayskane school of business. Edmonton wins.
  5. City’s architecture: Calgary seems newer, nicely architected and just more beautiful to me by far: Calgary wins
  6. People: just the same to me, no difference: tie
  7. Size and population: Calgary (1.3 million people, 825 km2) is larger and have more people than Edmonton (1 million people, 684 km2): I won’t call this a win
  8. Mountains and lakes : Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Jasper National Park, Waterton Lakes National Park, are all closer to Calgary than Edmonton.  Calgary is 1 hour from Banff, and day trips to the mountains are very common. Edmonton is 4 hours from Jasper, and trips to the mountains are more of a long weekend activity: Calgary Wins
  9. Summer festivities: Both cities have great and similar festivals, but Calgary hosts the greatest western festival on earth in July called the Stampede. Sylvan Lake is halfway between Calgary and Edmonton. Calgary wins.
  10. Sunshine: Calgary has way more sunshine that Edmonton. In fact, Calgary is amongst the top city with sunshine exposure in the entire country. Sunshine is happiness. Calgary wins.
  11. Politics: Both cities are economically conservative. Edmonton is a little bit more socially liberal than Calgary. Who cares? Tie.
  12. Sports: Flames(NHL)and Stampeders(CFL)in Calgary, Oiler(NHL) and Eskimos(CFL) in Edmonton. Several amateur leagues, indoor and outdoor facilities for soccer, hockey, basketball, football and baseball in both cities; ShowUpAndPlay in Calgary, ShowUpAndPlay in Edmonton : Tie
  13. Bars and Pubs: Cowboys in Calgary, Black dog free house in Edmonton are the most populars. Cowboy culture in both cities but not violent, no guns. Tie ( The 10 Best Nightclubs in Calgary , The Best Nightlife in Edmonton – TripAdvisor )
  14. Downton: See Calgary Downtown inRealTimeNow.com. See Edmonton inRealTimeNow.com They are both vibrant and Nice: Tie
  15. Cleanliness: Calgary is one of the cleanness cities in the world. I am in awe myself whenever I walk downtown and in my neighbourhood of Walden. Calgary wins by far.
  16. FestivalsCalgary Stampede is unique and a must see in North America. Interstellar Rodeo Festival , Fringe, Jazz Fest, Folk Fest in Edmonton: Calgary wins.
  17. Public Transit: Calgary C-Train has 3 lines and covers all 4 quadrants of the city(NW, SW,SE,NE) with multiple park and rides location at various C-Train stations. There are buses in almost every neighborhoods in Calgary connecting you to the nearest C-Train station. Edmonton Transit Services (ETS) provides service on buses and light-rail transit within the City of Edmonton limits, in addition to Fort Saskatchewan, Spruce Grove, Beaumont, and the Edmonton Garrison at Namao. It also provides connections to suburban transit services. Calgary Wins.

With all that in mind, I’ll choose Calgary any day.


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Balancing Pool (quasi-government agency) $0.00228/kWh Variable Tax (can be argued as regulated, but as it's mainly to repay government loans, I think of it as a tax) GST Federal GST Federal government 5% of total bill Variable and fixed Tax How can you control each component of your bill? Deregulated variable: Use less power or change retailers Deregulated fixed: Change retailers Regulated variable: Use less power Regulated fixed: Not much you can do. The actual variable cost of a kWh of power is not just the energy charge. Below I lay it out using an assumed contract price of $0.12/kWh. Your contract may be very different – if you have a legacy contract, it’s likely lower, and if you are on the regulated or variable rate, it’s probably much, much higher because of recent price spikes in the power market. Variable components Cost of 1 kWh: Variable charges Charge Total Category Energy $0.12/kWh $0.12 Deregulated Total deregulated variable $0.12 Transmission $0.03927/kWh $0.039 Regulated Distribution $0.010643/kWh $0.016 Regulated Rate riders (adjustments) $0.00072/kWh $0.001 Regulated Total regulated variable $0.056 Rate rider - Balancing Pool $0.0105/kWh $0.011 Tax Local access fee $0.0099/kWh $0.011 Tax Total variable taxes $0.013 Subtotal variable $0.189 GST 5% x $0.189 $0.009 Tax Total variable cost per kWh $0.199 Total variable cost of a kWh that is: Regulated - $0.056 (28%) Deregulated - $0.12 (61%) Tax - $0.022 (11%) Fixed components Fixed costs typically vary only by the number of days in the billing period. Below I show a typical 30-day billing period with a retailer who charges $8/month as an admin fee. Retailers’ admin fees may vary from $6-$11/month. ​ Fixed costs Charge Total Category Admin fee $8.00/month $8.00 Deregulated Fixed distribution $0.66988/dayx30 days $21.43 Regulated Subtotal fixed $29.44 GST 5%x$27.43 $1.47 Tax Total fixed $30.91 So maintaining service will cost $30.91 even in the absence of power use. Total fixed cost that is: Regulated - $21.44 (69%) Deregulated - $8.00 (26%) Tax - $1.47 (5%) Low bill example If you have a smaller house/apartment with fewer people in it, are home less often, have fewer appliances, etc., then you might use around 300 kWh a month. Your total bill would be something like $30.91 + $0.199 x 300 kWh = $90.51 (34% fixed, 66% variable). $38.36 regulated (42%) $44.00 deregulated (49%) $8.14 taxes (9%) High bill example A larger house with more people, lots of appliance use (lots of laundry, bitcoin mining, lots of lighting/computer use, people working from home, cold winter with the furnace on, etc.), might use 800 kWh/month, with a total bill of $30.91 + 0.199 x 800 kWh = $189.84 (16% fixed, 84% variable). $66.57 regulated (35%) $104.00 deregulated (55%) $19.26 taxes (10%) Choosing a retailer Same as gas, there are three types of power rates. Fixed rate – You sign up for a term (usually 1-5 years) and are guaranteed a stable rate through the contract term. Most companies allow you to exit at any time without penalty. (You should always verify this by reading the T&Cs, just as you would with any contract). Variable rate – Typically this is also for a term of 1-5 years, but like a variable-rate mortgage, it just guarantees you the “adder” or margin that the retailer will add on to the market price; the base price will fluctuate. For example, your contract might be the market price + $0.01/kWh, which is the retailer’s margin. You won't know what your bill is until the month is over as it is based on the hourly Alberta pool price over the billing period. Regulated rate option (RRO) – This is the default rate if you haven’t signed a contract or your old one expired. It is a similar to a floating rate but the price is set in advance (technically speaking it’s based more on forward rates while the variable rate is based on actual settled prices). A few days before the end of the month, the RRO rate for the upcoming month is posted by the AUC, unlike for variable. As with gas, this is “regulated” as it’s approved by the AUC, and the “adder” is smaller than it is for almost any variable plan you can find but is highly volatile and may be over or under the actual real-time power price in the month, depending on whether forwards over- or underestimated the actual pool price. Same as gas, I would highly recommend a fixed-rate contract for the near- to medium-term. RRO and variable rates have skyrocketed, with August being the highest ever. The forward curve shows prices coming off late this year and into next year with the completion of two major projects: the Cascade project and the Genesee repowering project, which will add supply to the market and decrease prices. HR Milner has also returned from a long outage with uprated capacity. Additional projects are expected to come on-stream in 2024-25, notably a very large Suncor cogeneration facility. You can use the UCA’s bill comparison tool to find good rates. 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More of the typical bill is variable compared to gas, partially because of lower infrastructure costs and partially because the City of Edmonton does not levy a tax on fixed charges for power but does for gas Use ucahelps.alberta.ca to find a low-cost retailer for the deregulated part of your bill submitted by /u/Anabiotic [link] [comments]

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