above charts from The Canadian Encyclopedia
I have made comparisons here betwixt Vancouver housing prices, and those of idyllic places such as the Loire Valley and the south of France. None of us are likely to pack up and move to any of those places so I decided to take a look at environs closer to home. Montreal seemed a good candidate, so with help from Wikipedia, and The Canadian Encyclopedia, I am going to some comparisons between Montreal and Vancouver.
The City of Montreal is on an island that is roughly three times the area of the City of Vancouver. It also has roughly three times the population, so the density is pretty much the same. Regionally, the GVRD does have less area, and a greater density by about 25%.
Montreal gets roughly 5% more hours of sunshine than Vancouver, and approximately 10% less precipitation. So far this winter, Vancouver has had more snow and colder temperatures than Montreal.
It is easy to think that you are in Europe when in Montreal, in Vancouver, it is easy to think that you are in Prince Rupert.
Montreal has excellent public transportation> Vancouver's public transportation sucks.
Montreal has a stadium whose roof collapsed due to ice and snow. So does Vancouver.
Montreal has lots of jobs in aerospace, electronic goods, pharmaceuticals, printed goods, software engineering, telecommunications, textile and apparel manufacturing, tobacco and transportation (and hashish importation). Vancouver has lots of construction jobs, barista jobs, and, umm, marijuana manufacturing jobs.
Montreal had Expo 67 (it was very cool).Vancouver had Expo 86 (I don't know if it was as cool, or not).
Montreal has Mont Real. Vancouver has the Coast Mountains.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono went to bed for peace in Montreal. Gordon Campbell slept with his assistant (reportedly) in Vancouver. The World Peace Forum found that it was not welcome in Vancouver, and don't forget the APEC Summit and Sgt. Pepper in Vancouver.
Montreal has better riots.
Montreal produced Trudeau. Vancouver produced Kim Campbell and John Turner (the two shortest serving Prime Ministers).
Montreal hosted the 1976 Summer Olympic Games. Vancouver will co-host the 2010 Winter Games with Whistler. Montreal just paid off it's Olympic Stadium after 30 years. Vancouver will never pay off the 2010 Games.
RBC's Affordability Index for a detached bungalow for Vancouver is 55.3 per cent. For Montreal, the costs of owning a detached bungalow came in at 34.6 per cent.
Derrick Penner points out -
Your RBC Affordability Index numbers are way out of date. Vancouver detached bungalow stands at 70 per cent. Montreal is 36 per cent.
What else can I say? The only thing obviously better here are the real estate blogs (excluding this one of course).
From Wikipedia -
In 2006, both Traveler's Digest and AskMen.com ranked Montreal as the number one city in the world to live in for its culture, architecture, history and ambience.
(141.3 sq mi)
4,047 km² (1,563 sq mi)
4,326.5/km² (11,205.6/sq mi)
population est. 2005
583,267 (2005 est.)
Pop'n rank 8th
Metro pop'n 2,208,300 (2005 est.)
Metro rank 3rd
Pop'n density 5252/km²