The cost to live in Vancouver has skyrocketed in the last 10 years. Mostly due to the fact that people from Hong Kong and mainland China have been buying up real estate as if it were going out of style. They will often buy multiple homes, condos, apartments sight unseen for cash. The AVERAGE home price not in Vancouver is over 1 Million dollars, something comparable would cost $250K for in Denver. Gasoline is over $5.00 a gallon despite the fact that Canada imports no oil. And if you want to live in Richmond, you might want to learn Mandarin or Cantonese as most businesses don't advertise in English anymore.
Taxes are high, and the system of government there is Parliamentary Democracy, essentially meaning that who ever has a majority in government, the leader of that party can, and does anything they please. It's more like a benevolent dictatorship form of government.
Unless you've got lots of money, I wouldn't recommend moving there. A truly beautiful place though.
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