Moving to Saskatoon – Where should I live? – 2024

Home to a population of more than 300 000 people, Saskatoon is known for its agriculture, berry pies, hospitality and beautiful sunsets. With over 46 neighborhoods, Saskatoon has something for everyone. 

Before moving to Saskatoon, it is suggested to research things to know when moving to Saskatchewan so you have a better understanding of your potential new home. It is best to ask yourself certain questions regarding the area and to explore to make the right decision. Here is the list of the Top 7 Best Neighborhoods in Saskatoon with the Best Quality of Life in 2024.

Methodology

Based on “Best” being a subjective word, below is our methodology to compile the best places.

Using our existing ranking of the safest and cheapest places to live in Saskatoon, we based our ranking on 3 criteria: safety, affordability and quality of life. 

Our safety ranking methodology is based on a careful analysis of the total number of crimes, which is derived from the data of the Saskatoon Police Service and recorded from each neighborhood’s data from the third quarter of 2023. The crime rate is calculated per 1,000 people. The crimes are listed as crimes against the person, crimes against the property, provincial statute violations, traffic collisions, and other criminal code violations such as firearms-related offences and drug/substance abuse.

Affordability takes into account the prices of housing and renting. Statistics come from Realtor for the average cost of buying a property and Zumper for the average cost of rent for a 1- to 2-bed apartment.

The “Best quality of life” aspect is measured based on feedback from real people who have moved to this area in our database or real people from trusted online forums. More specifically, we look for positive feedback on job opportunities, quality of education, quality of healthcare, feeling of safety, public transportation, environment (cleanliness), as well as availability of recreational facilities and parks.

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1. Lakeridge

Apartment in Lakeridge
  • Crime rate: 3.85 crimes per 1000 people
  • Average 1-bedroom apartment: $1561
  • Average home price: $539 326

Lakeridge has an impressively low crime rate of 3.85 crimes per 1000 people. This area offers a mix of residential and commercial spaces, making it an ideal place to live and work. 

Located in the southeastern part of Saskatoon, locals rave about the education institutions in their area. Lakeridge has walking distance schools including Lakeridge Preschool, Lakeridge School and St. Luke School. If you have a furry friend, Lakeridge is located next to Hyde Park, a 123 acre natural park with dog parks.

Its other amenities include its proximity to Downtown Saskatoon – a 10 minute drive or a 43 minute bus ride and it is a 9 minute drive away from the University of Saskatchewan, perfect for students looking for accommodations. 

As of November 2023, the average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment is $1561 and the average home price is $539 326.

Saskatoon Police (Dec 2023), Lakeridge Profile (Nov 2020) & Realtor.ca (Dec 2023)

Lakeridge, Saskatchewan

2. Adelaide-Churchill

Apartment in Adelaide
  • Crime rate: 8.01 crimes per 1 000 people
  • Average 1-bedroom apartment: $1371
  • Average home price: $389 771

Adelaide-Churchill, which has a crime rate of 8.01 crimes per 1000 people, is located in south-central Saskatoon. It is conveniently located near grocery stores, restaurants, as well as schools like Hugh Cairns V.C. School. Most homes are single-family houses with a notable presence of individuals aged 35 to 64.

Adelaide-Churchill is all about community and getting neighbors together, that is why they have created the Adelaide Park Churchill Community Association. The association organizes programs and events, where neighbors can volunteer and give back to their community. They also have a variety of soccer programs, a perfect activity for your little ones. 

As of November 2023, the average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment is $1371 and the average home price is $389 771.

Saskatoon Police (Dec 2023), Adelaide-Churchill Profile (Nov 2020) & Realtor.ca (Dec 2023)

Adelaide-Churchill,Saskatchewan

3. Forest Grove

Apartment in Forest Grove
  • Crime rate: 8.23 crimes per 1000 people 
  • Average 1-bedroom apartment: $1475
  • Average home price: $252 825

Forest Grove is known by its residents to be a family friendly and safe neighborhood. The safety can attest with its low crime rate of 8.23 crimes per 1000 people. You can expect to find one-family households with most residents owning their house over renting.

Forest Grove is located within the University Heights Suburban development area where most businesses and commercial buildings are located along Gray Avenue. The neighborhood has a perfect balance of residential and commercial areas. Forest Grove also has four local parks filled with hiking trails like Les Kerr Park and Balsam Park. 

This neighborhood is also our most affordable area on our list of the best neighborhoods to live in Saskatoon. As of November 2023, the average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment is $1475 and the average home price is $252 825. 

Saskatoon Police (Dec 2023), Zumper (Dec 2023) & Realtor.ca (Dec 2023)

Forest Grove, Saskatchewan

4. Stonebridge

Apartment in Stonebridge
  • Crime rate: 9.48 crimes per 1000 people
  • Average 1-bedroom apartment: $1500
  • Average home price: $473 558

Stonebridge is a conveniently located neighborhood with access to Circle Drive, Clarence Avenue and Highway 11. This neighborhood has a diverse range of housing options, from apartment buildings to low-density single homes with the property buying cost averaging $473 558, while the average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment is $1500

Locals have noted that the parking accommodations are known to be limited in Stonebridge. However, the neighborhood has a variety of amenities which adds to its charm like a quick commute to Downtown Saskatoon, many grocery stores, gyms, banks and restaurants, without having to leave the neighborhood. 

For safety, it is indeed a safe neighborhood, with a crime reported of 9.48 crimes per 1,000 people considering its population of 14 778 people. Residents love the walkability of the neighborhood considering there are over seven parks open to the community. 

Saskatoon Police (Dec 2023), Zumper (Dec 2023) & Realtor.ca (Dec 2023)

Stonebridge, Saskatchewan

5. River Heights

Apartment in River Heights
  • Crime rate: 10.96 crimes per 1000 people 
  • Average 1-bedroom apartment: $1090
  • Average home price: $511 757

River Heights is located to the east of Saskatoon in the Lawson Suburban Development area. The neighborhood is known to have a mix of both middle and upper class houses, with the average home prices in November 2023 being $511 757 and the average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment being $1090 in November 2023. 

River Heights is perfectly located for individuals looking for a tranquil neighborhood right outside of Downtown Saskatoon. By car, it is a 9 minute commute passing by the University of Saskatchewan on the way. The neighborhood is also located right next to the South Saskatchewan River where residents love to enjoy the sunrise and sunsets. 

As for safety, it has a reported crime rate of 10.96 crimes per 1,000 people. Despite its small population of 4471 people, this neighborhood offers a secure and inviting place to call home, making it an excellent choice for those seeking tranquility.

Saskatoon Police (Dec 2023), Zumper (Dec 2023) & Realtor.ca (Dec 2023)

Riverheights, Saskatchewan

6. Avalon

Apartment in Avalon
  • Crime rate: 12.85 crimes per 1000 people
  • Average 1-bedroom apartment: $1267
  • Average home price: $279 900

Avalon is a neighborhood located right next to Adelaide-Churchill, the second best neighborhood in Saskatoon on our list. In this area, you can expect to find condo townhouses, semi-detached homes and single family dwellings. 

As noted by many locals, it is important to know that Avalon is prone to flooding. Locals have had issues in the past with their basements flooding due to weather conditions. However, that should not take away from the neighborhood’s charm. Avalon loves to give back to its residents through the Avalon Community Association. Most recently, they are planning the annual Skate & Slide for the entire community to join! 

As of November 2023, the average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment is $1267 and the average home price is $279 900. As for safety, it has a reported crime rate of 12.85 crimes per 1000 people.

Saskatoon Police (Dec 2023), Zumper (Dec 2023) & Realtor.ca (Dec 2023)

Avalon, Saskatchewan

7. Montgomery Place

Apartment in Montgomery Place
  • Crime rate: 15.24 crimes per 1,000 people
  • Average 1-bedroom apartment: $933
  • Average home price: $539 418

Located outside of the Saskatoon city centre, Montgomery Place is the ideal neighborhood for nature lovers. The neighborhood is located far away from students and more appropriate for individuals who are looking to settle down for retirement. 

This neighborhood ranks as one of the best neighborhoods in Saskatoon, with a total crime rate of 15.24 per 1,000 people. Locals have said that Montgomery Place is a quieter neighbourhood among all of the Saskatoon boroughs but that is what adds to its charm. It has been noted by locals that there are little to no shops or restaurants for entertainment, so having a vehicle would be required for these outings. 

As of November 2023, the average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment is $933 and the average home price is $539 418

Saskatoon Police (Dec 2023), Zillow (Dec 2023) & Realtor.ca (Dec 2023)

Montgomery Place, Saskatchewan

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Conclusion

All things considered, Saskatoon is a vibrant city that offers an enjoyable living experience, walkable neighborhoods, amazing food and work opportunities. Saskatoon is a perfect choice for an urban lifestyle with its culture and contemporary way of life. There is something for everyone to enjoy!

Moving to Saskatoon and deciding where to settle can be a tough decision. It is just as important to take into account the safety as well as costs when choosing a neighborhood. MovingWaldo’s list of the top 7 best places to live in Saskatoon with the best quality of life in 2024 can help you choose your ultimate neighborhood! 

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Meet Ann – our head writer with a knack for making moving and city living a breeze. From the many details of moving to picking the perfect moving company, she’s your guide. Ann has a friendly yet detailed approach to ensure your move goes off without a hitch. When she’s not writing about relocation, it will always be on her mind, but you’ll catch her spending time with her three furry friends.

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