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Is Brantford, Ontario, a Nice Place To Live?

Considering a move to Brantford, Ontario? You’re not alone. My name is Rob Avery, and, being a realtor with nearly 40 years of experience in the Brant County area, I’ve been asked if Brantford is a nice place to live more times than I can count, and it’s certainly a fair question.

So… is it?

Of course, the answer is a little complicated. I love Brantford, and have lived in the area for decades, so I must say I have a slight bias towards what my typical answer might be. Let me explain…

Brantford, is, and has always been, a great family town. That said, it has its share of difficulties, as most cities and towns do.

As you explore the potential of calling this city home, it’s crucial to dive deeper into the local dynamics.

While Lyden Park Mall might be a familiar sight, there are some unspoken or lesser-known aspects that long term residents of Brantford and surrounding areas are well aware of.

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  1. A Growing Issue: Drugs and Petty Crime

Brantford, like many urban areas, faces challenges exacerbated by the pandemic. Residents acknowledge a serious drug problem, leading to an uptick in petty crime.

Here is chart which compares Waterloo, Ontario, to Brantford, Ontario, in terms of crime rates, as of 2023.

Anecdotally, I am aware that Brantford has a slight reputation for being less safe in certain areas, at certain times of day or night. so it’s something to certainly be aware of if this city is your soon-to-be home.

That’s why it’s important to talk to a realtor such as myself who can guide you towards finding the right place in Brantford, according to your needs in terms of avoiding being a statistic of petty or violent crime.

For example, protect your property by ensuring a secure yard and being cautious about leaving items on your porch. Auto theft and catalytic converter theft are also concerns, reflecting broader trends seen in various Canadian towns.

  1. Location Matters: Neighborhood Impact

Although it is an uncomfortable topic, it must be said: the prevalence of drug issues is known to most residents of Brantford, and of course they can vary significantly depending on the neighborhood.

Areas like downtown (Colborne to Grey, Stanley to West) might experience these challenges more prominently.

The choice of the neighborhood can significantly influence your experience in Brantford, which is why I once again recommend a realtor who knows the ins and outs of Brantford and Brant County.

Depending on your budget, and how much you can afford to spend on a home, I’d say that if you can avoid certain areas, you may well want to do just that.

  1. Positive Developments and Amenities

On a brighter note, Brantford offers several amenities and positive developments. From a movie theater to a variety of restaurants, and the potential arrival of a Costco, the city is evolving.

Lococos in Brantford is a local gem for groceries, while new developments in West Brant showcase a mix of heritage architecture and modern builds.


Brantford also has historical landmarks, like the famous Bell Homestead, the Wayne Gretzky Sports Center, many old and well known beautiful parks, and it also is part of the “Golden Horseshoe“, and is connected to the 403 Highway.

  1. The Perspective of Recent Movers

Residents who have recently made the move from Brampton to Brantford see great potential in their new city.

They appreciate the quieter atmosphere and ease of getting around due to minimal traffic. West Brant, in particular, is highlighted as a growing area with newer amenities.

  1. Changing Landscape and Future Development

Brantford is undergoing visible changes, with minor facelifts to downtown buildings and ongoing initiatives to clean up the area.

Areas north of Powerline Road are expected to experience significant growth in the next 5-10 years.

While these developments are positive, the effectiveness in addressing drug and homelessness issues remains uncertain.

  1. Diverse and Welcoming Community

Brantford is praised for its diversity, with residents sharing positive experiences of cultural inclusivity.

Despite concerns about petty crime, racism doesn’t appear to be a pervasive issue, making it a welcoming place for families of all backgrounds.

  1. Nature Enthusiast’s Paradise

Nature lovers will appreciate Brantford’s natural beauty, especially along the Grand River path.

Residents have encountered wildlife like coyotes, deer, and foxes during walks, showcasing the city’s potential for outdoor enthusiasts.

Conclusion: A City with Promise

As you consider the prospect of living in Brantford, weigh the challenges against the city’s positive aspects.

While no place is without its issues, the community spirit, ongoing developments, and natural beauty make Brantford a city with untapped potential. With careful consideration, your move to Brantford could be the next exciting chapter in your family’s story.

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