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Old 04-26-2012, 06:54 AM
 
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My wife and I are debating moving to Ottawa or Kingston. I am a web developper and she is an administrative assistant.

We are looking to buy a house.

I know that real estate is more affordable in Kingston. I am just wondering about quality of life (prospects for jobs, traffic, people)

Thanks
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Old 04-26-2012, 02:47 PM
 
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Default Ottawa vs Kingston

I should clarify, I would like to know if anyone can give me a comparison of the two.

I guess I know less about Kingston.
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Old 04-27-2012, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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There is a big difference between the two cities. Ottawa is much larger and much more diverse with many more things to do. Traffic in Ottawa can be a problem whereas in Kingston it is not much of an issue. Housing costs would be much higher in Ottawa.

Ottawa has a larger French presence which means English-French bilingualism is often a job requirement, especially in the federal government of Canada which is a major employer in Ottawa. English only jobs are generally the rule in Kingston.

Ottawa may not be 10 times the size of Kingston but it is at least 8 times bigger I would say.
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Old 04-27-2012, 01:47 PM
 
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I love Kingston ... lived there for four years. It's a beautiful city and not too large. I find the location to be desirable as well - not far from Ottawa, Toronto, or Montreal. It's also fairly close to the states (NY border). There's the lake too - which makes it lovely in the summer, but still snowy in the winter. However, Ottawa is no better in the winter conditions department.
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:37 PM
 
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Thanks, I am leaning towards Kingston for those reasons and we wouldn't have to pay 300K for a bungalow.

How is the Computer/IT sector in Kingston?
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Old 04-28-2012, 04:46 PM
 
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What are the people like in Kingston. We've lived in Toronto and we found them pretty cold.
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Old 05-06-2012, 12:41 AM
 
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Kingston and Ottawa are very different. Kingston is like a small town and Ottawa is a big city.
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Old 06-07-2012, 09:05 PM
 
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Do people in Kingston commute to the States for work ?
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Old 06-07-2012, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Do people in Kingston commute to the States for work ?
I know it is close but very few would.
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:23 PM
 
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Do people in Kingston commute to the States for work ?
While the border is close there is no significant sized cities on the US side. It's mostly hunting/fishing country up that way.

Watertown NY has 27,000 people and is about 75 minutes from Kingston.

the closest large center is Syracuse which is over 2 hours away.
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