The Economist has periodically named Toronto one of the world’s “most livable” cities, but to our knowledge this is the first time the magazine has flat-out declared us the best. A new report on “safe cities” from the Economist’s intelligence unit finds that Toronto is the best overall city to live in, worldwide, when things like liveability, business environment, safety and democracy are all taken into consideration. The one thing we don’t excel at, according to the report, is cost of living, where we’re currently near the middle of the pack among other world cities.
Who’d we beat? Every major city in the world. Literally all of them. Especially New York.
Who beat us? Nobody in the overall category, but other cities do outperform Toronto on all of the individual metrics used to calculate the overall ranking. We’re number eight in safety, behind Tokyo (ranked number one) and Sydney (six). Our business environment is ranked fourth, below first-place finisher Singapore. And Melbourne is still the Economist‘s pick for the most liveable city in the world, while we languish at number four, like always.