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Regina wasn't in the MoneySense top 10 last year, but this year, it's in 5th place. (Public Domain/Wikipedia)

Regina is one of the 10 best cities to live in Canada, according to MoneySense magazine.

That's one of the results of the personal finance magazine's new survey of the best places to live, based on affordability, and overall lifestyle.

Saskatoon, the province's largest city, didn't crack the top 10, having to settle for 30th place.

Swift Current, which had the second-best Saskatchewan showing, finished in 24th place.

TOP FIVE CITIES

  1. Ottawa
  2. Burlington
  3. Kingston
  4. Halifax
  5. Regina
  6. Brandon
  7. Fredericton
  8. Edmonton
  9. Red Deer
  10. Winnipeg

Source: MoneySense Magazine

In all, 190 Canadian cities and towns were ranked according to factors such as discretionary income, healthy lifestyle factors, crime, unemployment, and the number of days where the temperature was below zero.

Regina wasn't in the top 10 last year, but "catapulted up" more than 15 spots this year to 5th place, the magazine said.

Some cities scored well in some categories and less well in others.

For example, Estevan, Sask., 43rd overall, had the lowest unemployment rate in the country (1.6%) and was ranked No. 1 in that category. It was one of the worst in Canada for doctors per capita, however.

MoneySense names Ottawa the best place to live in the country for the third year in a row.

The magazine says high paying federal government jobs and employment security insulate many Ottawa residents from the economic realities facing other Canadians.

Other prairie cities in the top 10 include Brandon and Red Deer, noted for low unemployment and high income.

Toronto and Vancouver with high housing prices did not make the top 10.