12/18/2014 04:32 EST | Updated 12/18/2014 04:59 EST

Best Cities To Work In B.C. List Topped By Fort St. John

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The best city for work in British Columbia may surprise you, according to the first such ranking of the province's job market, conducted by BC Business magazine.

Based on a comparison of 36 B.C. cities, the most robust place for work is Fort St. John in northeastern B.C.

That Peace River city, along with Dawson Creek, cracked the top five with astonishing growth in the oil and gas sectors.

The top 10 is dominated, not surprisingly, by cities in the Lower Mainland, while Vancouver landed in the 10th spot.

Prince Rupert was at the bottom of the list, but the magazine noted that LNG development could very well propel the northwestern hub up higher in the future.

The magazine, with the help of Environics Analytics, looked at seven factors including income growth, average household income, and unemployment in its survey, which was released on Thursday.

Read the full ranking on BC Business here.

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