Why Is Airdrie a Good Place to Live? 5 Must-Know Reasons

You’ve heard all about Airdrie. It’s a wonderful place, sure. But is it a good place to live? THAT is what I’ll answer in this article.

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Today, we’ll explore five reasons why you’d want to consider putting down your roots in Airdrie. Airdrie is an attractive place to live in because you’re 15 minutes away from the big city. (Yep, that’s Calgary for you!)

But that’s not all, of course. Read more to find out!

1. Less Tax, More Savings!

Warning: What you will read ahead may shock the living daylights out of you. Alberta, of which Airdrie is a part, has NO provincial sales tax. Boom! Your tax burden dropped off just like that.

But wait, what’s a provincial sales tax (PST) anyway? It’s a tax the provincial government imposes on whatever you buy.

Wait, that’s not all!

There’s also NO payroll tax. You can keep more of the money you worked for with your blood, sweat, and tears. Save them up for your dream home!

Just when you think that’s all there is to it, there’s more.

There’s NO health premium tax in Airdrie, either. Make sure to keep an emergency health fund for your personal use.

Less tax, more savings!

2. You’re Near Calgary, but You Don’t Have to Go There All the Time

Airdrie has most of what you would want in a city. But without the busy city feels. You can enjoy a more slow-paced, community-friendly vibe WITH convenience.

Do you want big-city amenities? Airdrie got it. Looking for Shopping Centres? Check out:

  • Yankee Valley Crossing
  • Towerlane Centre
  • CrossIron Mills
  • And Where On Earth Did You Get That? Antique Mall and Vintage Market.

Also, let’s talk about schools.

There’s a solid number of top-notched schools you wouldn’t want to miss out on in Airdrie, such as:

  • George McDougall High School
  • Heloise Lorimer Elementary School
  • St. Martin De Porres High School
  • Atlas Learning Academy
  • Meadowbrook Middle School
  • R.J. Hawkeye Elementary School
  • and W.H. Croxford High School.

Is it any wonder, then, that young families are attracted to Airdrie like fans flocking to Ryan Reynolds’ autograph signing?

That’s because you’ll have what you need while living in a family-friendly community. Do you have something you need that isn’t in Airdrie?

Calgary is 15 minutes away!

3. Dream Home? You Can Afford It in Airdrie!

Your dream home and affordability are not star-crossed lovers in Airdrie. You can have both.

Why is Airdrie a treasure trove of affordable homes? Because Airdrie is one of the fastest-growing municipalities in Canada.

Therefore, it attracts an influx of new residents, especially young families. The high demand for affordable housing creates competition among buyers. So you benefit from lower home prices!

If you move into Airdrie, you’ll help keep the housing market stable.

But that’s not all! When new residents come buzzing in the city, guess what happens next? New development plans.

You’d be excited to know that new residential areas are on the rise at the south end of the city. These new communities offer a mix of housing options and amenities.

There’s no better time to move into Airdrie than now — while development is still HOT and COOKING!

4. Cost of Living? Budget-Friendly!

You don’t have to empty your piggy bank to enjoy a happy life in Airdrie. What’s the average cost of living in this city if you own a home? $3,881 per month.

Great, but what’s the median household income in Airdrie? $110,000. Let’s name the city “Affordable” at this point!

I know your curiosity is itching because you’d want a breakdown of Airdrie’s cost of living. Here’s the anti-itch cream.

Breakdown of Airdrie’s Cost of Living

 Average Monthly Cost
Mortgage$2031
Driving around on your wheels $556
Groceries $544
Utilities$222
Entertainment (Heaven forbid you to die of boredom!)$126
Restaurant (You can save if you cook at home)$221
Others (*Ahem* clothing)$181


So you see, you don’t have to break your back to live and breathe in Airdrie! 

5. Job Opportunities Galore for You!

The job market in Airdrie is vibrantBut let’s say, in the worst-case scenario, that it isn’t. Well, Calgary is 15 minutes away! 

Let’s dive back into Airdrie’s sea of job opportunities. 

One distinctive feature of the Airdrie job market is its strong entrepreneurial spirit. The community is teeming with small businesses and self-employed individuals.

Are you an aspiring entrepreneur? Or are you seeking employment in a small business setting? Airdrie offers both. 

You’ll have ample opportunities to explore your passions and make your mark.

But that’s not all! Airdrie is also home to notable employers in industries such as:

  • Manufacturing – Propak Systems and Alta Injection Molding. 
  • Education – Rocky Views School Division
  • And Energy – TransCanada Turbine

These industries contribute to the city’s economic growth. Plus, they offer job opportunities for professionals with diverse skill sets.

With Calgary 15 minutes away, you have even more opportunities to seize.

Hence, you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Living in the affordable and welcoming community of Airdrie on one side. On the other, benefiting from the bustling job market of Calgary.

Great! What About the Cons?

Every community has its cons. Let’s talk about the two biggest cons in Airdrie. 

1. The Nearest Hospital Is in Calgary

One of the downsides of living in Airdrie is that the nearest hospital is located in Calgary.

Don’t get us wrong. Airdrie does have medical clinics and urgent care centers. But for more specialized medical services, you’d need to drive to the nearest hospital in Calgary. 

2. Winter is COMING! 

Ah, the Canadian winter! Airdrie’s Winter can go below bone-shivering -20°C.

Airdrie experiences winter weather conditions that can include:

  • Snowfall
  • Freezing temperatures
  • And icy roads.

Just like any other city in Alberta!

But if you’re a winter lover, you won’t find this a problem at all! In fact, you’d be THRILLED by the winter resorts nearby, including:

  • Banff National Park
  • Canyon Ski Resort
  • Fairview Ski Hill
  • Gold Bar Park
  • and Snow Valley Ski Club Edmonton.

What Is the Average Household Income in Airdrie?

In Airdrie, the average household income is $110,000. This provides residents with a comfortable standard of living.

Who wouldn’t want a comfy standard of living in a peaceful place like Airdrie? *crickets*

What Is the Cost of Living in Airdrie?

A median monthly cost of $3,142. Airdrie offers a reasonable cost of living compared to other areas.

This makes it an attractive option for individuals and families looking for a place to call home.

Why Is Airdrie a Blue Zone?

Airdrie is a Blue Zone. In fact, it’s Canada’s first Blue Zone project outside of the U.S.!

That means it’s projected to be one of the healthiest and happiest places to live in the world. Why? For several reasons:

  • Abundance of green spaces and recreational areas
  • Prioritizes community well-being
  • Committed to promoting a healthy and sustainable environment
  • Offers a wide range of healthcare services and facilities (just needs a full-fledged hospital!)
  • Airdrie values a balanced lifestyle (it has a thriving arts and culture scene.)

Ready to Plant Your Roots in Airdrie?

Airdrie is a great place to call home. In a word, Airdrie is a blue zone! An affordable blue zone at that.

Looking to raise a family? Or perhaps you want to start a career and build a name for yourself? Airdrie can give you all of that.

Take your first step today by reaching out. Contact us, and we’ll get you the home of your dreams.

Derek Timmons

Derek Timmons

Derek is a top performing REALTOR® in Airdrie, Alberta, Canada. Aside from knowing the market, he uses his knowledge and experience in construction to help clients understand exactly what they’re in for when buying and selling real estate.

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