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article imageMurray Grovum on why Calgary is one of the hottest up-and-coming cities in the world right now

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By Paula Kirman     Nov 14, 2014 in World
A recent Livability Survey conducted by the Economists Intelligence Unit has ranked Calgary as the #5 place to live in the entire world. Calgary also tops the list at the 2014 Money Senses Best Places to Live Canada.
Why is Calgary on the cutting edge? It's young: in fact, 41 percent of Calgary's population is between the ages of 20-44. The city boasts the most millionaires per capita in Canada. Like the rest of the country, healthcare is provided by the province. Speaking of which, Alberta has no provincial sales tax and if that is not enough enticement, it is the only rat-free place in the world alongside Arctic and Antarctica.
These combined factors contribute to why Canadians enjoy a high quality of living, long life expectancy, low crime rates, and minimal risks from natural disasters.
Calgary is attractive for a number of reasons to young professionals such as Murray Grovum, Managing Director of Liquidity Trade Corporation, which specializes in foreign exchange technology solutions. “There are so many reasons why I love Calgary,” he says. “Most of all, it is a land of opportunity. The economic strength of this young city, low taxes, and the Rocky Mountains are less than an hour away are just a few of the things that make Calgary such a great place to live!”
Safety is another factor that makes Calgary such an enticing place to live, as cited in the aforementioned Economist Intelligence Unit's Most Livable Cities Survey. Murray Grovum credits Mayor Naheed Nenshi as a major reason for this. “The resources the city has put behind its police force and how effectively they used these resources make Calgary a very well-run city. Several mayors before can be credited with this and the present Mayor Nenshi is doing a fantastic job at carrying this tradition on,” he says.
He goes on to say: “Last year, 2013, Mayor Nenshi, the first Muslim leader of a major Canadian city, gained Superman status as he buzzed home from Toronto as the Bow and Elbow rivers that run through Calgary surged over their banks and swamped the downtown and low-lying neighbourhoods. Mayor Nenshi worked for 43 straight hours: tweeting, imploring, directing, assisting, cheering on, and cheering up residents who saw homes ruined and possessions literally float away. It's leadership like this that brings a sense of community alive and strengths a community. Under the direction of Mayor Nenshi, neighbors helped neighbors clean up, and start re-building their homes and their lives. Under the leadership of Mayor Nenshi, its no-wonder why Calgary is such a safe place to live!”
In addition, Calgary has a vibrant cultural scene. Grovum cites sports and dining as two of his favorite aspects of the city's entertainment. “Calgary is the biggest small town I know. Calgary is about the western lifestyle, supporting the NHL Calgary Flames, the CFL Calgary Stampeders, and the mountains in the city's backyard! The economic strength of Calgary and Alberta in general has demanded new and fine dining options, better entertainment and access to art and the finer things in life. The restaurant scene has exploded over the past several years with talented chefs bringing their expertise to the city. As a bit of a self-professed foodie, I think we've tried most of the city's restaurants and with few exceptions have yet to be disappointed with Calgary's taste for excellent food!”
Most of all, Calgary is a city for young people looking for new opportunities. “With an average age less than 40 and with so many companies having their head offices based in Calgary, there is ample opportunities for young people,” says Grovum.
“The number of job opportunities, the global exposure and the education programs that are available through the energy sector as made Calgary an international hub the opportunities with abundant opportunities.”
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