Jocelyne Johnson, Business Support Co-ordinator at the Salmon Arm Innovation Centre, holds the December/January edition of the BC Business Magazine which lists Salmon Arm as the 7th best place to work in B.C. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. (Cameron Thomson/Salmon Arm Observer)

Jocelyne Johnson, Business Support Co-ordinator at the Salmon Arm Innovation Centre, holds the December/January edition of the BC Business Magazine which lists Salmon Arm as the 7th best place to work in B.C. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. (Cameron Thomson/Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm, Kelowna among best places to work in B.C.

Categories reflecting quality of life influence ranking

“We did it again Salmon Arm!”

This was the Salmon Arm Economic Development Society’s response, shared in a Wednesday, Dec. 4 post on Facebook, to news the city had been ranked the seventh best place to work in the province for 2020 by BC Business Magazine.

This follows Maclean’s Magazine’s August release of their Best Communities in Canada list for 2019, in which Salmon Arm ranked number one in B.C. and number six nationwide.

Read more: Salmon Arm moves up in best-place ranking

Read more: Senior Golds enter Okanagan Valley Championships as top-ranked team

The latest honour was printed in BC Business Magazine’s December/January edition, which includes the ranking of 46 municipalities. Salmon Arm received a seventh-place ranking, behind Fort St. John in 6th place and Kelowna in 5th. Squamish and Whistler received top honours, coming in first and second place respectively.

This is the first time Salmon Arm has made into the top 10 in this list. In 2018, Salmon Arm was ranked in 29th place, and 19th in 2019.

The data used to create the ranking relied heavily on Environics Analytics, the same statistics company used for the Maclean’s Magazine article over the summer.

Compared to the 45 other municipalities ranked, the data lists the average household income for Salmon Arm to be $97,520, and the average household income for people under age 35 at $82,145.

According to the ranking, Salmon Arm is in a three-way tie for eighth for the shortest average commute time of 16.8 minutes, and a five-way tie for the 13th lowest unemployment rate of 4.5 per cent.

Read more: Salmon Arm named best community in B.C.

Read more: Best B.C. cities to live in: millennial edition

Salmon Arm mayor Alan Harrison credits the city’s rising rankings to promotion efforts made by the Salmon Arm Economic Development Society.

“I think we’re being recognized throughout the province in a way that we haven’t been in the past,” Harrison said. “I have to credit Salmon Arm Economic Development because they really have moved the word out across the province.”

Harrison went on to say previous iterations of these lists did not include many quality of life categories, but now that categories like average commute time are included, it has worked in Salmon Arm’s favour.


@CameronJHT
Cameron.thomson@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Salmon Arm, Kelowna among best places to work in B.C.

Just Posted

Wills Hodgkinson, 10, and his mom Neeley Brimer get ready to battle round three of cancer. The community of Penticton has his back. (Submitted)
Community raises $21K to help Penticton boy battle third round of cancer

Okanoggin Barbers held the fundraiser on Saturday for 10-year-old Wills Hodgkinson

Baldy Mountain Resort was shut down on Saturday after a fatal workplace accident. (Baldy Mountain picture)
UPDATE: 70-year-old man killed in workplace accident at Baldy Mountain

The mountain closed on Saturday but has partially re-opened today (Sunday)

Send your letter to the editor via email to news@summerlandreview.com. Please included your first and last name, address, and phone number.
LETTER: Summerland affordable housing proposal opposed

“For a building that will change the dynamic of a small town, I would have expected more discussion.”

Baldy Mountain Resort is temporarily closed following the death of a resort family member. Pictured above is a sunrise at the resort, Feb. 19, 2021. (Baldy Mountain Resort/Facebook)
Baldy Mountain ski hill closed following death of resort family member

Authorities currently investigating, resort set to reopen Sunday, Feb. 27

A health worker holds a vial of AstraZeneca vaccine to be administered to members of the police at a COVID-19 vaccination center in Mainz, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. The federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, start with the vaccination of police officers in internal police vaccination centers. (Andreas Arnold/dpa via AP)
B.C. officials to unveil new details of COVID vaccination plan Monday

Seniors and health-care workers who haven’t gotten their shot are next on the list

(Contributed)
Kelowna flight potentially exposed to COVID-19

Third case on a local flight this month, compared to 14 through January

Vernon Search and Rescue, with help from the Air Rescue One helicopter out of Wildcat Helicopters in Kelowna, and Central Okanagan Search and Rescue, were able to transport an injured snowmobiler to Vernon Regional Airport, where he was loaded into an ambulance and taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital with a serious, painful back injury. (Facebook photo)
Okanagan helicopter rescue teams called to retrieve injured sledder at Greystokes

Vernon and Central Okanagan Search and Rescue help load injured man into waiting helicopter

An investigation is underway after a man was shot and killed by Tofino RCMP in Opitsaht. (Black Press Media file photo)
Man shot and killed by RCMP near Tofino, police watchdog investigating

Investigation underway by Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia.

B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on Tuesday December 11, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C.’s compromise on in-person worship at three churches called ‘absolutely unacceptable’

Would allow outdoor services of 25 or less by Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack churches

Jasmine and Gwen Donaldson are part of the CAT team working to reduce stigma for marginalized groups in Campbell River. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror
Jasmine’s story: Stigma can be the hardest hurdle for those overcoming addiction

Recovering B.C. addict says welcome, connection and community key for rebuilding after drug habit

Chase RCMP held two men involved in drunken disturbances overnight in their detachment’s cells on Feb. 6. (File Photo)
Chase RCMP hold two men involved in drunken disturbances overnight

The two separate incidents took place less than an hour apart.

Kamloops Fire Rescue battled a landfill fire which belched toxic smoke into the air on Feb. 27. (City of Kamloops Photo)
Fire at Kamloops landfill sends thick black smoke into the air

Firefighters made slow progress on the fire throughout the morning.

Most Read