Revelstoke ranks near top of province’s socio-economic index

Revelstoke once again ranks near the top of province in a ranking of socio-economic indices collected by BC Stats.

Revelstoke once again ranks near the top of province in a ranking of socio-economic indices collected by BC Stats.

According to the 2011 provincial socio-economic index, Revelstoke ranks as the seventh best health area in the province.

“I think we’re doing really well, particularly when you look at who’s ahead of us in that ranking, it’s pretty stiff competition – Delta, North Vancouver, Gulf Islands, and West Vancouver/Bowen Island,” said Mayor David Raven.

Summerland and Saanich also rank ahead of Revelstoke.

The index ranks health regions by human economic hardship, crime, health, education, and risk factors for children and youth. It combines that data to create an overall ranking.

BC Stats has been issuing the data since 2004. That year, Revelstoke ranked 14th in British Columbia. The following year Revelstoke moved into the top 10, where it has stayed ever since.

“This is a ‘good news’ story for Revelstoke,” wrote Alan Mason, the city’s director of economic development, in a report to council. “The ranking is based on measurable data that is collected by various provincial agencies, and shows that our community compares favourably to other local health areas in the province.

“This also reflects very well on the numerous agencies in the community, including local government, that work to improve socio-economic conditions for local residents.”