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Prince George BC

I'm moving to Prince George BC for work.
How is it like there? the economy, the people, culture..
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homicide, sexual assault, aggravated assault, vehicle theft, robbery and breaking and entering – that occur per 100,000 people. Using this methodology, Prince George comes out on top
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Illuminati wrote: homicide, sexual assault, aggravated assault, vehicle theft, robbery and breaking and entering – that occur per 100,000 people. Using this methodology, Prince George comes out on top
Sadly, this is true. Prince George is notorious for all of these things.

I am curious as to what made you decide to move there OP?
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As mentioned, lots of crime. It's also freezing cold there and it technically snows 9 months out of the year. It's an ugly city with no oceans nearby. People go there to work and that's about it. Also, it's one of the most isolated medium sized cities in Canada. It has a lot of amenities, but if you need something outside of Prince George then the closest cities are all around an 8 hour drive away (Edmonton, Kelowna and Vancouver). If you need regular medical care for anything, or you need to see a specialist, chances are Prince George won't have it. Oh, and I didn't mention the pollution. Here's a fun quote from Wikipedia:
The Prince George Airshed has many local sources of various air pollutants including several major industrial sources (pulp mills, sawmills and an oil refinery), vehicle emissions, locomotives, uncovered coal cars, unpaved and paved road surfaces, vegetative burning and residential and commercial heating.[34] Because a large part of the city and its local sources of air pollution are contained within a valley, there are often meteorological conditions that trap pollutants and result in episodes of poor air quality and unhealthy levels of air pollution exposure in some areas. More people die in Prince George every year due to diseases associated with air pollutants than any other community in the province.
The pollution can get really bad in the summer. The air quality is terrible. If it's possible to live outside of Prince George (as far away as possible from the city) then I would highly recommend it. Also look at areas with less pollution, as the pollution levels vary greatly depending on where you are. The further away, the better.

Lastly... when you move up there, you'll find that a lot of people who grew up there or have lived there a long time feel that Prince George is a grand city and is just as important in world as Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, etc. I'm sort of joking, but sort of not. People in Prince George really have an inflated view of their place in Canada. Try not to fall into that or talk about politics or world views with anyone there. They will test you as an outsider. Just smile and nod. If you try and say anything bad about Prince George or try and even suggest that another city is better (especially Kamloops... !!!) then you'll be shunned for ever.

Oh, and remember - the Prince George Cougars are better than the Vancouver Canucks.
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ilove wrote: Sadly, this is true. Prince George is notorious for all of these things.

I am curious as to what made you decide to move there OP?
Maybe that's his type of work? :razz:
Just kidding
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I received a job offer there for about 2 years. right by UNBC the universify.
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Has anyone commenting actually ever been or lived there?
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I lived in PG for quite a few years and raised a family there, so if there's anything you want to know, just ask.

Is it dangerous? If the business you are in involves illegal drugs, then yes, it is dangerous. If you are the typical law abiding Canadian, then you are going to be just fine. Just remember, the article above, Macleans, is journalism. And we all know what they thrive on.

If you are going to live in PG and don't like the air quality, bad when there's inversion, then live outside of the bowl area. The subdivisions to the west are the newer ones and have reasonably good air.

Yeah, the air can be bad at times. There are three pulp mils nearby and a Husky oil refinery too.

The downtown core has really been ignored by the city fathers, to the point that nobody goes there, unless you have an appointment at the courthouse, or need a tattoo, or want to donate used clothing to a shelter.

Actually the medical coverage in PG is better then most BC interior cities and they have a very good hospital. For example, Kamloops has a population of about 90,000, and 30,000 people don't have a family doctor. I don't know the numbers for PG anymore, but they are a lot better off. UNBC is also a medical teaching university I believe, so that helps a lot.

PG has all the usual big box stores, so there isn't much you'll be doing without in that respect.

If you like winter and/or the outdoors, this part of Canada is great. Winters can get down to -40C, but that hasn't happened for quite a few years. If there is snow on the ground at Hallowe'en, and occasionally there is, then it's there until spring. -30, three feet of snow and clear skies make the countryside incredibly beautiful.

I loved it while I was there, but where I live now is a lot nicer. I would rather have extreme heat then extreme cold.
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Just heard it was a hole from friends, but never lived there.
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OP, if you don't mind me asking what kind of job offer did you get?
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Wow, shots fired at PG!

I grew up there (1988-2006). I really disliked it when I was there, but soon after I moved (first to Grande Prarie Alberta, now to Vancouver) I began to miss some of the stuff it had going for it. I won't argue with the detractors, their points are mostly valid (though, i'm not sure about the "center of the universe" appraisal). But, I will offer a couple of counterpoints.

-It's kind of a nice size. It's small enough that there's a strong sense of community. People know eachother, and seem to mostly have a sense of responsibility towards the town. But big enough that there's some semblance of anonymity if you're into that, and have access to basically all the services one would be interested in.
-The economy is okay. This is kind of ideal, because it means that people can usually find jobs, but the region isn't too populated with people coming from out of town who actually resent the place, and have no allegiance to the town.
-It's, socially pretty liberal (this may be a negative to some, but I am drawn to it). People are accepting of different ethnicities, religions, sexual preferences, career ambitions, etc. Even the old-timey conservative folks seem to mostly take a "I don't understand it, but people can do whatever they want" approach.
-Real estate is affordable.
-Depending on where you live/work, the town is pretty accessible. The "downtown core" is walkable, and transit is decent. If you live out of town a little bit this is not the case, however.
-Geographically, it's fairly nice. There are nearby mountains and lakes, and the city sits at the convergence of two rivers. There are legitimately 4 seasons, so any outdoor activity is pretty much free game.
-The Screamer!

Again, I can't argue with most of the negative things said about the town... it's somewhat dreary and grey, high crime, fairly removed from large centres, bad air quality (though that's improving!)
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epinephrine wrote: OP, if you don't mind me asking what kind of job offer did you get?
ill be going to prince george for school

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