20 Pros and Cons of Living in Saskatchewan

If you are thinking of making one of the major choices you can make in life, by packing up and moving to a new city or country, you certainly want to feel like you have all the facts, whether they’re good or bad. If Saskatchewan is a place that you are presently considering moving to, then read on to learn about the pros and cons you will need to consider to ensure you make the correct decision.

BENEFITS of Living in SaskatchewanDRAWBACKS of Living in Saskatchewan
Cheap housing prices.The weather is not favourable.
Low taxes.Very high crime rate.
Rich in culture and history.Lack of entertainment.
Lavish scenic beauty.No good neighbourhood.
Education is inexpensive.No proper transport facility.
High employment opportunities. Too many bugs in the province.
Cost of living is low compared to all the other provinces.

Advantages of Living in Saskatchewan:

  • Cheap housing process:

Due to the more rural setting of the province overall, the average house price has always been on the lower end of the scale, but to further the good news, the average house price is decreasing still. The average house is predicted to be $272,500 in 2020, which is roughly $14,000 less than just two years ago.

Saskatchewan has seen one of the biggest house prices drops in the whole of Canada in the last few years, so it is safe to say that it is currently a good time to be a buyer. However, if you are not yet in a position to be able to buy a house, renting is not a bad option, as you can easily find affordable housing even in the cities.

  • Low tax provision in the province:

High taxes seem to be universally in Canada, from sales tax, property tax, income tax, to even having some areas charge a ‘camping tax’, and it can occasionally feel like the government is always finding reasons to raise taxes rather than lower them.

However, luckily, Saskatchewan finds itself someplace in the middle, the population of the jurisdiction is low but the taxes are comparatively low also, with sales taxes, property taxes, and personal income taxes among the lowest in the country you won’t feel like you are continuously battling against the taxman so much every time you go out to eat or see your monthly payslip.

  • Rich in culture and history.

For thousands of years, Saskatchewan has been occupied by indigenous groups, groups that still live there today. There is an extraordinary history that lives on in the area, and there are many areas that you can visit to learn about the tribes of past and present, there are also many heritage sites, aboriginal sites, and cultural magnetism.

  • Lavish scenic beauty.

Saskatchewan covers a massive space, and a lot of this space has been left alone, it has not been developed or built upon, rather it has remained how nature planned it to be. However, you can still discover these places, and I can assure you they are worth travelling, you will see some of the most astounding natural beauty you have ever seen in your life.

There are dunes, mountain ranges, rolling hills, national parks, cascading prairies, and more than one hundred thousand lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. The nature that is on display in so many parts of the province are breath-taking, and you will often find yourself staring in disbelief that landscapes can be so beautiful.

  • Education is inexpensive in the province.

Education cost is less than in the other states. With less cost, the quality of education the institutions provide is worth every single penny.

  • High employment opportunities.

The employment rate in Saskatchewan is maximum among other cities in Canada. The public here is growing fast and hence there are job opportunities in every sector. There are extensive prairies, almost 100000 freshwater lakes and lush, green forests.

People here are friendly and love to explore different cultures. The best thing is, the quality of life is quite high and the cost of living is very low. This is the fact that makes Saskatchewan an amazing place to live and nurture a family.

  • Low cost of living.

While everything from restaurants to renting apartments is top grade here, the over the cost of living in Saskatchewan is competitively low. Healthcare services are also efficient here.

Disadvantages of Living in Saskatchewan:

  • The weather is not favourable.

Saskatchewan is landlocked, therefore there are no large bodies of water close by to moderate the temperature, and when this happens you end up with extreme weather. During the summer, particularly in the south of the province, the summer is very hot and humid, and during the winter there is extreme cold throughout the whole province that lasts far longer than your average winter;

The cold weather is harsh, going well below zero for long periods. Unfortunately, the weather cannot be described as seasonal in Saskatchewan, rather it will alternate between hot summers and bitterly cold drawn-out winters.

  • Very high crime rate.

There is a higher than average crime rate in Saskatchewan, especially in rural areas; year after year the province scores highly in all crimes, with the rate committed per 100,000 people being up to double the amount compared to other parts of Canada – including big cities across the country – and in the last few years, crime in the north has hit an all-time high, becoming the highest in the country.

  • Lack of Entertainment.

You will find that you often have to come up with your entertainment or spend your free time out in the wilderness on walks and hikes because, in terms of things to do, there are very few choices in Saskatchewan. Of course, the cities have bars and restaurants, but there isn’t a big nightlife, even with the bars.

  • Not so friendly neighbourhood.

People around might be rude and as nice as in Canada. People here mostly mind their work and do not mingle too much.

  • No proper transport facility.

Being in a very rough landmass the province suffers from proper road transportation. The government does not bother too much.

Conclusion:

Saskatchewan is different in many ways to other provinces in Canada, it is less developed, and has a much smaller population which in itself can have profits, but it can have a negative effect also. There is no denying that it is a lovely place overall, but the lack of chances when it comes to having a full city experience or feeling alone might be, understandably, too much of a problem for some people.

There is a lot of information to take in, but it is important to thoroughly consider both the positives and negatives so that you know for sure that you will end up moving in the place that is best for you.

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