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Toronto ranked the best city to live in the world

Posted by Derek Flack / January 29, 2015

toronto safest cityToronto has been ranked the best city to live in the world by the Economist. The ranking aggregates Toronto's performance across a range of indexes, which include safety, livability and cost of living. National level rankings like the Economist's Democracy and Global Food Security Index were also factored into the overall rank. So, like, we're the best. Give yourself a pat on the back.

The overall rankings come as part of a new survey from the Economist Intelligence Unit that ranks cities based on how safe they are. According to this report, Toronto is the safest city in North America and eighth-ranked city in the world, trailing Tokyo, Singapore, Osaka, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Sydney, and Zurich. The safety index is ranked according to the following criteria: digital security, health security, infrastructure and personal safety.

In the overall rankings (what the Economist calls the "index of indexes") Toronto has only one category in which it doesn't rank in the top 10 globally. Can you guess what it is? Yep, cost of living. In this category, our city comes in 70th place. That's not really surprising, and for what it's worth, most of the other cities in the top 10 of the overall rankings are deemed to be more expensive than Toronto.

I guess we should remind ourselves of how good we have it the next time we're inclined to complain about tough commutes and winter weather (yeah, right -- like we're going to stop complaining).

economist city rankingsPhoto by jeffisy in the blogTO Flickr pool.

Discussion

393 Comments

JM / January 29, 2015 at 04:08 pm
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Great news, Toronto truly is the best city in the world to live in, sure its not the best at anything particular, but its very, very good in a lot of areas.

And yes its expensive, thats my biggest issue. It costs a lot to live in the best city in the world. I only feel bad for the people that were born here that remember a time when the city was affordable, now its like were being priced out of town...

Dean in Scarboro / January 29, 2015 at 04:09 pm
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This is all Rob Ford's doing.
Truth / January 29, 2015 at 04:10 pm
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Its actually "the safest" city, not the best one, check it.
Derek replying to a comment from Truth / January 29, 2015 at 04:14 pm
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Irony. Look it up.
Colin replying to a comment from Truth / January 29, 2015 at 04:14 pm
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Check out page 20.
Mike / January 29, 2015 at 04:15 pm
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Congratulations. After moving away from Toronto you really appreciate how amazing it really is.
Diller / January 29, 2015 at 04:15 pm
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obviously an error. Wonder if anyone who put that list together has ever visited this dump.
Johnny Kibbs replying to a comment from Truth / January 29, 2015 at 04:15 pm
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Actually, it's is the BEST city, you stupid c*nt. Read page 21.
traveller / January 29, 2015 at 04:17 pm
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how could anyone be surprised. Apart from a few sad sacks who would complain no matter where they were this place is the greatest on earth
W. K. Lis replying to a comment from Dean in Scarboro / January 29, 2015 at 04:18 pm
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Think the research/study was done while Mayor Rob Ford was stripped of his powers. Or because of that.
d replying to a comment from Diller / January 29, 2015 at 04:19 pm
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Oh Diller, then go home! I can't wait to move back in, got the plan all in place!
Victoria / January 29, 2015 at 04:19 pm
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Real talk: Toronto's cost-of-living is a little ridiculous. However, I absolutely love Toronto and I'm proud and grateful to live here. :)
Becca / January 29, 2015 at 04:27 pm
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Diller- a dump, huh? Just goes to show what you take for granted. Toronto is a terrific city, and we are so lucky to be here. While travelling down the west coast last Fall, I met a handful of people who were genuinely curious about Toronto and wanted to know more, hoping to visit one day. It has definitely caught the attention of those worldwide and we should be proud to call it home. And if it is such a dump, what are you doing to make it a better place then?
But but but / January 29, 2015 at 04:27 pm
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But, but, butbut.... I visited this one other city this one time on vacation and it was so great!
Todd Toronto / January 29, 2015 at 04:29 pm
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Yay! Now lets rest on our laurels, people.
Diller / January 29, 2015 at 04:29 pm
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If you look at the list - it's compiled based on three indices relating to the city and three indices relating to the country in which the city is. Things like "global food security" and other things that most first-world countries are fairly good with. It's a ludicrous set of criteria to judge "best city".

Nobody here can seriously claim that Toronto is better than, say, New York or London or Tokyo or Melbourne or Paris etc. etc. etc.

Let`s be serious, if you have lived in a real "world class" city like London or New York you know that what you do matters, on a global scale. You know that you have the best in art, culture, business all at your door. That's the sort of thing Toronto doesn't have. And some stupid list judging cities based mainly on irrelevant criteria makes no difference to that.
Jason Kucherawy / January 29, 2015 at 04:30 pm
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It's nice to see this sort of thing. As the owner of a walking tour company, I make a living selling people on how awesome Toronto is and showing locals and visitors alike what a great city this is. This is one more feather in our collective cap, and will have a positive effect on our economy as people continue to hear good things about this city and make plans to visit, do business here, invest in us, or perhaps move here.
David replying to a comment from Diller / January 29, 2015 at 04:31 pm
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Why so salty bro?
Stas / January 29, 2015 at 04:32 pm
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I still prefer Melbourne :)
J replying to a comment from Dean in Scarboro / January 29, 2015 at 04:33 pm
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No, it was despite him being mayor...
TRUTH replying to a comment from Johnny Kibbs / January 29, 2015 at 04:33 pm
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How can a city dying from traffic and boasting only 2.5 subway lines for 2.6M population plus no developed suburb commuting options be the best to live?

Vienna, 1.7M, 5 full-sized subway lines + some s-bahn suburb lines
Munich, 1.5M, 8 full-sized subway lines + 8 s-bahn suburb lines
Paris, 2.2M, 14 full-sized subway lines + 5 RER suburb lines

Poor transport planning means pollution + congestion + prevalence of car usage + long commute
monh / January 29, 2015 at 04:34 pm
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toronto is best if you want to solely work and get drunk with safety assured. besides that, this city is shit. no attraction besides museums and one overrated tower. the only reason i'm still here is to attend uni.
Daniel replying to a comment from Diller / January 29, 2015 at 04:37 pm
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How come all the negativity? Toronto is a terrific city...one needs to fully explore it to appreciate ALL that it has to offer.

Keep investigating the city...
traveller replying to a comment from Diller / January 29, 2015 at 04:39 pm
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'Let`s be serious, if you have lived in a real "world class" city like London or New York you know that what you do matters, on a global scale'

Project much? speak for yourself. what you do might not matter but plenty of things being done here matter very much. Have you ever actually lived in any of the 'real' world class cities you speak of?
Too cold / January 29, 2015 at 04:41 pm
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They should factor in the weather and transit... it would probably drag down Toronto to the bottom of these lists
Kyle H / January 29, 2015 at 04:42 pm
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Huzzah! Say what you will about Toronto but the fact of the matter is, when compared to other global cities, T.O. ranks highly in the eyes of the world.
jackson / January 29, 2015 at 04:43 pm
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I'm not really seeing where it ranks us number one overall, I see Tokyo topping the lists everywhere.
Catherine / January 29, 2015 at 04:43 pm
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Boston didn't even make the list?
jackson replying to a comment from jackson / January 29, 2015 at 04:44 pm
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Nevermind I overlooked it.
Damien / January 29, 2015 at 04:45 pm
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"Nobody here can seriously claim that Toronto is better than, say, New York or London or Tokyo or Melbourne or Paris etc. etc. etc."

Having lived in them both, I'll happily claim in it is. Quality of life, ability to get around the city with ease, less glaring in equality, beaches, skiing (albeit crappy), restaurants, festivals, theatre and while expensive still cheap enough to allow weird people to do interesting things.
London is mind bending,nose bleed expensive. NY in in America.

Toronto isn't no 1 at anything but its pretty good at everything.
Andrew / January 29, 2015 at 04:46 pm
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Welcome to the centre of the universe, bitches!
Penn replying to a comment from TRUTH / January 29, 2015 at 04:47 pm
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All of those cities are urbanly dense, and can afford to build a gajillion subway lines-we can't for obvious reasons (which is why people tried to get LRT lines built, but because of a stupid mayor and assholes like you voting him in, that'll never happen, at least not to the degree planned originally.) Any more bullshit you have to spoon up, 'TRUTH'? Or is only asking for subways the only thing a stupid moron like you affected with subwayitis can do?
ROB FORD ON CRACK replying to a comment from Dean in Scarboro / January 29, 2015 at 04:49 pm
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The mighty Ford thanks you. And yes it is.
Robert / January 29, 2015 at 04:49 pm
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I can see by the thread of comments that Toronto can also boast that it is becoming one of the rudest cities in the world. A place where aggressive name calling is used towards anyone with a difference of opinion.
Penn replying to a comment from Diller / January 29, 2015 at 04:49 pm
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Hey Diller, if you think that Toronto is shit, why not leave? We don't need your whiny ass (or any of the other whiners) here bitching all of the time.
Chris replying to a comment from monh / January 29, 2015 at 04:51 pm
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"the only reason i'm still here is to attend uni."

If I had a dollar for every person I've met who said something similar and yet, 10-15 years after graduating, they're still here.....especially true for folks from Montreal and Vancouver lol.
TO_Guy / January 29, 2015 at 04:52 pm
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I think the people hating on TO haven't actually lived years abroad, when you do you realize how special it is here, TO is the greatest, I love it with all my heart.
ROB FORD ON CRACK replying to a comment from monh / January 29, 2015 at 04:53 pm
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Feel free to leave and go back to Newfoundland as soon as possible.
John Doe / January 29, 2015 at 04:56 pm
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Indeed it is, if you are a millionaire, as any other city will be. On the other hand, ff your not a millionaire you better go US and buy one affordable house to live in because in Toronto you gonna be living on the streets.
TRUTH replying to a comment from Penn / January 29, 2015 at 04:58 pm
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U mad bro? Why don't you go and make yourself a cup of nice tea like we do in Europe so that you won't be so stressed out about the fact that poor political will left Toronto behind by decades in such vital issues, so that they were silently excluded from the ranking.
Diller replying to a comment from Penn / January 29, 2015 at 04:58 pm
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Typical response from the sort of parochial small minded person that makes Toronto so crappy.

Believe it or not, a lot of people end up living somewhere because of friends, family, etc. Not because they are making some sort of statement about it being the GREATEST city on the PLANET.

I really feel sorry for fellow Canadians who work their way up from whatever tiny town or sprawling suburb that spawned them to think that Toronto matters. Believe it or not, most people in most other countries have never even heard of Toronto. No amount of petty arguing on a sub-par blog site comments section is going to change that.
troll / January 29, 2015 at 05:05 pm
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How much money does our mayor pay for this research?
Greg / January 29, 2015 at 05:05 pm
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I lived in TO for my first 45 years. I live anout 2 hours west now, and visit regularly, evety two or three weeks. I was and still am very critical of it. But that's because I care about it's continued success, and huge potential. Its not everything to all, or the best or perfect in every way. But on a whole it provides a quality, and quantity of opportunity and experience that is hard to match, and noted in the charts. I've heard this from many people who've relocated by choice, and chosen to remain, who have options. Taken as a whole, its a great city, young, and with better leadership and progressive policies it could be a formidable place for a long time. Even with poor support from senior governments, limited governance tools of its own, rapid growth, cold winters, it rates near the top on most scores. Canadians may cackle, and crow, but they're willfully ignorant, or jaded by its success. Their loss, others gain.
smalljohn / January 29, 2015 at 05:10 pm
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Toronto is safe. Weather sucks, traffic/transit sucks, expensive, and sub-par in terms of culture. Toronto is not on the same level as most cities in the world....but it's safe and clean I guess...
j travel / January 29, 2015 at 05:11 pm
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I 've lived in three MAJOR cities on three different continents, apart from Toronto and North America, trust me, we have a great thing going here.
pablo / January 29, 2015 at 05:13 pm
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lol! Diller is so butt hurt. Toronto does matter ... obviously, not to you - but who really cares. Do you know that about 120,000 move to the GTA every year. One of the fastest growing spot in NA. Guess they come here cause they hate it ... lol! The best part is that Toronto isn't even near being finished. Other great cities, like Chicago, have peaked - but Toronto has really just started. Be prepared to be amazed Diller. And Diller ... don't go away mad ... just go away lol!!!
Don't you DARE say anything nice about my city! / January 29, 2015 at 05:14 pm
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But Toronto is the worst! The people are mean, it's ugly, dirty, and has no culture. I was backpacking in Europe for 6 weeks last summer I spent several hours in a bunch of cities that I know for a FACT to be better than this sh*thole. Oh, and I went to New York once and they have more subways.

-blogTO troll
trevor replying to a comment from Truth / January 29, 2015 at 05:14 pm
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I think you may want to re-read the article, Tokyo is listed as the EIU saftest city number one, identified on page 36. Toronto is identified as "best overall" identified with a red highlight across its scorecard. Interesting read if you have the time.
TO is average / January 29, 2015 at 05:15 pm
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its really quite a weord ranking if you think about it. Chicago and LA both rank high. This is the first list I've ever seen them on. To not have Vancouver in the top 25 also doesn't make any sense. I've lived in Toronto, Vancouver, London, Edinburgh and San Fran. Toronto ranks last out of those by far. The transportation is awful, the weather sucks, and there's very little outdoor activities compared to the other cities I mentioned.
Shehzad H replying to a comment from TRUTH / January 29, 2015 at 05:18 pm
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Hi TRUTH,
Although the cities you mention have higher subway concentrations per population, you also have to take into account the spread of the area -
Paris 40 sq mi
Munich 119 sq mi
Vienna 160 sq mi
Toronto 2571 sq mi

As you can see, with comparable population sizes, trying to connect people that are spread apart through subway takes a lot more planning and equipment and cost.

I'm not arguing that we shouldn't invest in better transportation, but showing just population numbers and transit/population is not a fair comparison when making the transit argument.
bigjohn / January 29, 2015 at 05:19 pm
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Toronto > Mogadishu
Greg / January 29, 2015 at 05:19 pm
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...you're a diller, Diller. Your simple perspective belies an angry, jaded, and boxed in mindse,. Ahh no thanks, you're definitely not a good fit, or fit for Toronto. A negative mindset does not build a great city.
kris / January 29, 2015 at 05:23 pm
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let's all thank Rob Ford!
Biteme / January 29, 2015 at 05:24 pm
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If you all take alook at that report there is nothing that justifies Derek's over opinionated bullshit. Derek Flack is a bullshit reporter like everyone else in the freaking city.

Please do us a favor and go away.
Darcy / January 29, 2015 at 05:24 pm
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I disagree, I lived in Toronto for 13 years, than moved to several places across Ontario (including Ottawa) and now I'm back and I couldn't be happier :) TO for life
Darcy / January 29, 2015 at 05:26 pm
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I disagree, I lived in Toronto for 13 years and then moved several times across Ontario (including Ottawa) and now I'm back! I couldn't be happier :) There's so much to do in this beautiful city and no city is perfect. TO for life
John / January 29, 2015 at 05:26 pm
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Toronto is the smallest big city on the planet. What's so great about Toronto? I've never heard anyone say 'I'm going to Toronto on vacation'. This city is a joke, the subway system is trumped by ones from third world countries (seriously, only 2 lines?), 2am alcohol cut off time (and subway too! LOL), horrid traffic problem, fledgling night life or whatever is left of it (goodbye Guvernment, one less reason to come to Toronto) a general vibe of snootiness that can only be exhibited by scene kids that jump from one fashion fad to another which leads us to todays hipsters and of course, the women are colder than the weather and a level of hypergamy you could only see in Miami... though perhaps this could be explained by the fact that theres so many douchebag men around here too, which ultimately leads the sexes of Toronto being hellbent on destroying eachother.

This place is a cancer... and am really glad I don't live in Toronto anymore.
Mina / January 29, 2015 at 05:27 pm
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Toronto lacks for nothing. It has EVERYTHING! A great economy, world class theatre, world class symphony and ballet, all the important sports teams , great restaurants and shopping and this is why the rest of Canada hates us and the rest of the world wants to visit. You can say you want that no one knows about Toronto, and 25 years ago you may have been right. But that is no longer true. Toronto is a city that keeps growing because they know how to market it. Toronto has made it easy for foreigners to invest and work here, something that dying american cities like Detroit and Cleveland were unable to do. They are using Toronto as a model because it just 'works'. Haters can leave. This city is just getting better and more important every year. Get used to it.
Kam / January 29, 2015 at 05:28 pm
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nowhere is the report stating that Toronto is the best city to live in the world. If I look at the chart on page 35...MOST LIVABLE CITY column, then Melbourne would be it (ranked #1)
Toronto did not rank 1 in any of the 6 indices
Alex / January 29, 2015 at 05:32 pm
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I don't know how people can take articles like this so seriously when they say Mexico City is in Central America. Hahahaha... Read the page 3! Jesus christ, Mexico is part of North America!
disqualified / January 29, 2015 at 05:33 pm
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'goodbye Guvernment, one less reason to come to Toronto'

you're taste is impeccable no wonder you hate it here. Scram!
Mike replying to a comment from Truth / January 29, 2015 at 05:38 pm
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Are you having trouble reading? Clearly shows Toronto ranked 8th in safety and the top right corner shows that the best overall city is highlighted in red...which would be Toronto. Obviously not tops in education...
TORONTO / January 29, 2015 at 05:38 pm
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YEAAHHHHHH BITCH!
416er / January 29, 2015 at 05:39 pm
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No surprise with the high ranking. So many people moving here every year tells us how absolutly amazing it is. Thank god I live in Toronto.
TORONTO replying to a comment from Don't you DARE say anything nice about my city! / January 29, 2015 at 05:40 pm
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clap... clap... clapclapclapclapclapclapclap.
Mike / January 29, 2015 at 05:42 pm
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Imagine that, a city that is is in the top 10 in just about every category is a little bit more expensive to live in, y'know, maybe to pay for all of that security and infrastructure that ranks us so high everywhere else. And it's still the lowest cost of living of the top tier cities shown on that chart.
Chris M replying to a comment from Truth / January 29, 2015 at 05:43 pm
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No, look again. We rank #8 in "safest". But we rank #1 across all the Economist surveys.
Charles / January 29, 2015 at 05:44 pm
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Grew up and lived in Toronto. Moved to Montreal where there is life and cultrure!
Chris M replying to a comment from Truth / January 29, 2015 at 05:45 pm
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Nothing that we all didn't know before.
John replying to a comment from disqualified / January 29, 2015 at 05:45 pm
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1) Are you suggesting anyone's liking for a city can only be justified if it correlates to YOUR preferred genre of music?
2) Scram? Your reading comprehension sucks. I clearly stated I've already moved out of Toronto.
3) 'You're' taste? I see you did well in a Toronto classroom.
Suchadumbworld replying to a comment from Diller / January 29, 2015 at 05:53 pm
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Oh Diller, using words like 'parochial' must make you feel a cut above us small minded Canadians.
Most people that are disgruntled within a city are typically lonely or don't feel a sense of belonging. It's easier to just blame the city for being the cause.
I'm sorry you hate it here and feel stuck but hey, hopefully you find your way out.

That would be mutually beneficial for the rest of us Torontonians.

Penn replying to a comment from TRUTH / January 29, 2015 at 05:55 pm
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Am I mad? No, I'm tired of assholes like you with nothing to say saying the same bullshit over and over.
Penn replying to a comment from John / January 29, 2015 at 05:57 pm
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You moved away? Good. Then, why are you still commenting about Toronto?
Dan / January 29, 2015 at 05:58 pm
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Nice! wonder why Vancouver wasnt there...
Alex / January 29, 2015 at 06:00 pm
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Anyone who believes that Toronto is better than Montreal is just plain wrong.
Penn replying to a comment from Don't you DARE say anything nice about my city! / January 29, 2015 at 06:00 pm
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I love you for saying that-it's the best description of most people here.
Wayne / January 29, 2015 at 06:03 pm
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Ok things like "Liveability Rankings" (livability is misspelled in the article btw), and "Democracy Index" are very arbitrary and subjective, so those should be removed. I think even the "Safe" rankings and "Global Food Security" are hard to measure (Global Food Security is very arbitray).

Really "Cost Of Living" is probably the only real measurable data here, and Toronto ranks 70th.

Toronto is a very good city, but the best? Cmon! LOL. Having said that though, it's all subjective, nobody can say "You will like Toronto over city x because a random stats sheet says you will". While about it's about 50/50 with positive/negative comments about Toronto when I ask people what they think of that city, I've never heard anybody say anything negative (in fact it's always the opposite, very positive) of say, Minneapolis. Just saying...

Pablo / January 29, 2015 at 06:05 pm
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Montreal is a great spot, Alex. I love it! But it really is "yesterday's city." Toronto pretty well surpasses it on all levels. But again ... it's a fantastic place (which is a lot more than any Montrealer has EVER said about Toronto).
T / January 29, 2015 at 06:07 pm
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I live in Vancouver, I am from Calgary and have family and friends in Toronto. Each city has it's pluses and minuses and a reason why people live there. Vancouver is grotesquely expensive but you cannot beat the lifestyle here. Calgary is booming, affordable and one of the friendliest cities on earth. Toronto is our NYC, biz hub of Canada, culturally rich and bustling. In my mind no city is better than another we chose to live where want for our own personal reasons and these lists are based on odd, biased and unusual statistics that aren't always 100% accurate. Be happy where you are, explore your city inside and out and relish in it's uniqueness. Then move to Vancouver cause IT ROCKS!!!!!!! ;)
Ben replying to a comment from Truth / January 29, 2015 at 06:10 pm
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Actually it is the 8th safest city and scored the best average index rank. Plus if you use the legend, Toronto is clearly highlighted "Best Overall". Learn to read a table bud!
T / January 29, 2015 at 06:13 pm
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And the comment about "no one ever says I am going on vacation to Toronto" is so funny it makes my belly hurt!
fui / January 29, 2015 at 06:15 pm
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Toronto; The best city to leave. That is for sure. In special with its non sense ugly women.
LOC replying to a comment from Andrew / January 29, 2015 at 06:24 pm
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Hahhaa Love it!!
joe shmoe / January 29, 2015 at 06:25 pm
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EVERYONE must agree that Toronto SUCKS ASS in the winter season...


agreed?



Harshita / January 29, 2015 at 06:25 pm
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Completely agree. Having lived/worked in some of the big cities .. London, New York, Boston, I find it to be absolutely better compared to them. It does have some big city challenges .. but hey, which city doesnt! Proud.
Matt replying to a comment from Becca / January 29, 2015 at 06:31 pm
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not sure what west coast you were on, but no one over here prefers Toronto over BC clear your head up
Harry / January 29, 2015 at 06:33 pm
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hahahahahahahaha economists who can't understand the world's economies, suddenly become experts on cities ... garbage in ...garbage out!

Too bad the world's foremost expert on Quality Of Life In Cities, Jan Gehl, states that Toronto lacks almost everything needed for a livable city.
francesco / January 29, 2015 at 06:34 pm
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Who lives in Toronto doesn't know the fortune that he has
joe / January 29, 2015 at 06:39 pm
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HONESTLY THIS IS A CROCK OF sh$T!
Elizabeth Vintimilla / January 29, 2015 at 06:39 pm
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Yes the best city I love Toronto
Harry / January 29, 2015 at 06:43 pm
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The reason for Toronto failing so badly is that: a) not one architect in Toronto has the required skills needed to design and produce quality regular and social housing in Toronto, not one urban planner in Toronto has the required skills needed to design a livable city, not one landscape architect in Toronto has the required skills needed to design a livable city, not one traffic engineer in Toronto has the required skills needed to design a functional transportation system (road, rail, sidewalk, and bike lanes). To make matters worse, no one (nada) at City Hall or on Council understands how to monitor what's is or isn't happening in the city. One cannot manage without monitoring; instead they all rely on Captain Spadina to do the monitoring and provide the solutions to manage the city - which the city then adopts!
Harry / January 29, 2015 at 06:45 pm
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http://whichmayor.com/
JB / January 29, 2015 at 06:54 pm
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I didn't realize a lot of people are living in the gutter.

Don't like Toronto ? That says a lot about you, not the city.

Enjoy your miserable life.

As for me, Toronto is awesome.
glo / January 29, 2015 at 06:59 pm
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I'm fairly new here so it's nice to read something positive. Wish the people were warmer though. Anyway, I'll take safety if I had to choose. good job TO!
ais / January 29, 2015 at 07:00 pm
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TORONTO; THE BEST CITY TO LEAVE!
matt replying to a comment from Hater / January 29, 2015 at 07:01 pm
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fix our god dam subways and traffic problems than it will be the greatest!!!
John / January 29, 2015 at 07:09 pm
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on average you'll spend $12,000 a year just on rent
You'll spend about $3000 on utilities
That alone is $15,000 a year into the cost of living, and you own nothing, absolutely nothing.

Toronto will rip down ANYTHING to build a new flashy condo, and start having people live in it when it's 20% completed. The history and culture of Toronto will be "living vertically, with no where to go"

There is more greed and wrecklessness on the grand scheme than anywhere I've ever been, and I do a ton of traveling.

Greed is the cancer of Toronto, and that city is dying
J / January 29, 2015 at 07:23 pm
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I'm always blown away by the comments on this site. While sometimes entertaining, so much negativity.
When it comes to Toronto, I feel lucky to live in such a great city. Some criticisms are obviously valid however, I can't comprehend how certain people aren't appreciative of what they have. Overall we have a great quality of life here in this City.
I guess complainers will just complain about anything. Must be terrible being you guys.
John / January 29, 2015 at 07:23 pm
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Montreal was second in the measure used.
Frank replying to a comment from J / January 29, 2015 at 07:29 pm
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Are you under the impression that life can and should only be full of real and pseudo positivity? If thats the case, you're living a sheltered life... I feel sorry for you.
Pablo / January 29, 2015 at 07:31 pm
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John ... get a grip! Toronto is dying!! lol!! I'm 62 and have lived here all my life. Trust me ... Toronto is not dying. I've been hearing that my entire life *yawn* The more the haters hate, the more recognition Toronto gets to the chagrin of many. Yes ... and I've travelled "tons" as well. I'm off to Ireland in the spring. Toi te Toi ... There alwees after me lucky churms!!!
J replying to a comment from Frank / January 29, 2015 at 07:40 pm
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Nope, not the case, not even close. Good post though, real solid contribution.
E.Liu / January 29, 2015 at 07:40 pm
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Just wait 'till oil comes back...
Sunny / January 29, 2015 at 07:46 pm
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I knew it! John Tory has turned the city around!
Ella / January 29, 2015 at 07:47 pm
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I've lived in Toronto my whole life. When I saw this artice, I honestly laughed out loud. (Safest city? Didn't we have a shooting recently?) The comments are always the best part though!
Nasir Ali Khan / January 29, 2015 at 07:48 pm
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I would hate to live in a city with such long dreary winters and such awful traffic. There is hardily any history compared to cities like London. For me it would be somewhere like Singapore. Good weather, much cleaner than Toronto, law and order better and the people are much more polite.
Alex / January 29, 2015 at 07:50 pm
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Toronto is ok if you're a pretentious hipstep, a basic bitch, or a businessman. This is bullshit Montreal is safer than Toronto.

Toronto sucks, boring and most Americanized city in Eastern Canada.
sydney / January 29, 2015 at 07:51 pm
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you guys who are saying toronto has a high cost of living, i moved to vancouver 5 years ago... don't complain. vancouver's top 3 in the WORLD for being most expensive. it's like you have to pay for the mountains and the ocean, as if some investor put it there.

AND... healthcare ain't even free in BC, it's cheap compared to the states, but why are we comparing it to the states? this is canada!

it is free (a.k.a "subsidized") if you make under 31, 000 a year, otherwise it's 60 bucks a month. in tdot, i am free to make however much money i want and it won't cost me a dime.

when i left toronto, i couldn't wait... now i can't wait to come back!!!
Andrew / January 29, 2015 at 07:51 pm
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The title of the article is a little bit misleading. The ranking is based on indicators that are split across four thematic categories: digital security; health security; infrastructure safety; and personal safety. Every city in the Index is scored across these four categories. Toronto might be the safest city in North America, but it is ranked 8th in the world. Did the writer even read the article?
Judge Lucy replying to a comment from John / January 29, 2015 at 08:03 pm
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how are you tell the truth! ; )
The Shakes / January 29, 2015 at 08:04 pm
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Scientific fact - those that hate on Toronto, do so cause they can't get dates.
Frank replying to a comment from J / January 29, 2015 at 08:05 pm
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@J; Good, then shut up and dont act surprised when life shows throws an undesired angle to YOU. Clearly you live in Toronto... so conceited.
james / January 29, 2015 at 08:05 pm
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I'd still have to tip Montreal ahead of TO.
dahntavius / January 29, 2015 at 08:08 pm
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is aight
LIVE / January 29, 2015 at 08:12 pm
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I used to live in Singapore a few years ago and it sucked. Horrible weather, grumpy people and even grumpier service. Yes, it's safe but it comes at a cost. I glad that Toronto made this list.
LIVE replying to a comment from The Shakes / January 29, 2015 at 08:13 pm
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Where is the link to the peer-reviewed study on this so that I can check your facts? ;)
KingOfSauga / January 29, 2015 at 08:14 pm
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The cities a toilet. Sauga is the true greatest city on earth.
Omer Quenneville / January 29, 2015 at 08:16 pm
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Who ever decided this haven't met our highly dysfunctional City counsel.
J replying to a comment from Frank / January 29, 2015 at 08:18 pm
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You are making such valid and logical arguments. "Shut up" and "you are conceited", that's great!
So are you going to post something about the actual topic being discussed?
AnkiiDankii / January 29, 2015 at 08:20 pm
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TO is a great city - culturally diverse, accepting and for all of you complaining people here are rude, what are you smoking? Canadians are the best kind! I've lived in so many different cities, and I always missed TO - that's why I'm back here.
NicJaar / January 29, 2015 at 08:26 pm
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Toronto (to Torontonians) is basically the centre of the universe. I spent most of my life here, and if this city wants to get the international recognition it needs to truly be classified a "world class city", it's going to need a lotttttttt more investment into infrastructure, education, public services, etc. Toronto is a cool place, but it's astounding how insular it's become.. It's as if people here don't know that there's a world that exists outside of the city. There's nothing like leaving and living somewhere else to provide you some perspective. Don't get me wrong, Toronto is cool and it has it's charms, but y'know, people's zealous pride about Toronto being somehow exceptional is really starting to give me the douche chills.
Miran Chauhan / January 29, 2015 at 08:28 pm
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how is Toronto the most liveable city, crap TTC, poor road maintenance, mayor on crack. This article is laughable like all the fools who believe Toronto is the most liveable city.
Truth / January 29, 2015 at 08:30 pm
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April fools? SAFEST city in the world, NOT best
paul Bickley / January 29, 2015 at 08:34 pm
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If you want an active outdoors lifestyle then toronto is less than average for this. No access to mountians, ocean. It's good but certainly not a city for the outdoor adventurer. Food has a long way to come too
Pablo / January 29, 2015 at 08:40 pm
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Lol! Paul Bickley. Haven't you ever visited the "cottage country" outside of Toronto. Best lakes in the world. Parks, camping, boating ... the only thing Toronto doesn't have is good skiing.
irwin / January 29, 2015 at 08:41 pm
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I lived in NYC and TORONTO, and traveled throughout North America, we are blessed to live in TORONTO. I lived in NYC for 12 yrs and TORONTO for 31 years.
irwin / January 29, 2015 at 08:41 pm
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I lived in NYC and TORONTO, and traveled throughout North America, we are blessed to live in TORONTO. I lived in NYC for 12 yrs and TORONTO for 31 years.
Phil / January 29, 2015 at 08:41 pm
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This is wonderful. If there's one things Torontonians need, it's more validation that they're the centre of the universe.

Good thing they didn't factor public transportation, politics or aesthetics.
ChrisR / January 29, 2015 at 08:42 pm
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I love Toronto. I moved there in 1984, left, then moved back in 1989 and lived there until 2010, when I left again for school/work. It was a big mistake because I gave up my nice affordable bachelor apartment on Queen Street West, and now that I want to move back again, I can't find anything affordable that isn't a closet sized basement or a building in Parkdale that's red flagged on the Ontario bedbug registry. Yeah, it's a great city and I miss it a lot, but it would be even greater if I could afford to move back to it.
makaveli / January 29, 2015 at 08:45 pm
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i guess people haven't driven around Scarborough area, or taken public transportation. Do that and then lets see if this "article" or survey still indicates if Toronto is one of the best city to live at.

If it "IS" the best city to live at then there shouldn't be bad city roads, to being extremely narrow, don't get me started on the DVP to having a pathetic subway lines, to crappy TTC buses taking forever to arrive in top of that having another Fare hike.. thx T.O...
Hayley replying to a comment from Ella / January 29, 2015 at 08:47 pm
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We live in a city with a population of 5.5 million ( The GTA ), how crime free do you expect it to be? "Didn't we have a shooting recently?" I wouldn't doubt we did, but compare the ratio between our population vs the crime. It's a pretty damn safe city.
Fayezha / January 29, 2015 at 08:47 pm
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I have to agree to that! Toronto is the best city to live, except for the cost...but it's pretty much the same thing as living in Singapore.
Stef / January 29, 2015 at 08:54 pm
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i knew it!!!! I lived in Toronto for about 10 years a while back and consider it my home. I miss Toronto and at times I feel nostalgic about the winter, the snow, skating in the middle of downtown, thanksgiving, going to the lake in summer, the magnificent colour of the trees during fall , I even miss Taco Bell and it's cheap prices ... I have been living in Melbourne Australia for the last 15 years (and its an expensive shit hole)cause I have too not because I want too... Toronto will be always in my heart and I hope one day to be back ....
Ira / January 29, 2015 at 09:05 pm
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This rating f*ed. San Francisco rent alone is 2000+, how does its cost of living rate lower than Toronto is beyond me!
AuthenticPic / January 29, 2015 at 09:07 pm
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I don't believe any city is perfect but for Toronto to be ranked as such is a great achievement, be it delusional or reality! Hamilton, where I live, is just an hour away from Toronto and I'll proudly say I live an hour away from one of the...no, the best city in the world. Way to go TO!
Ilovethecity / January 29, 2015 at 09:12 pm
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Born and raised in Toronto. I had to move to the states in 2013 for graduate school. What I wouldn't give to be able to come back. Why does every article about Toronto being good at this or that always bring out the naysayers? Toronto rocks. Yeah, there's lots that could be improved, say infrastructure, public transportation, etc., but what heavily populated city doesn't have problems? Shut up about what is wrong with it, and just enjoy it. Enjoy the city, the food, the events, the diversity. If you hate it but you don't find a way to leave, then that is on YOU, not the city. If you hate it but you're tied down for some reason and can't leave, I along with everyone else who chooses to live in Toronto happily, wish you the best of luck in finding a way to leave our city.
Kenny / January 29, 2015 at 09:14 pm
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it's called paying the writer some cash to write this article.
Bertram Narain / January 29, 2015 at 09:16 pm
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I love Toronto.People ....just marvellous.
Sunita / January 29, 2015 at 09:18 pm
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Love Canada and I am proud to be a Canadian! Be it any city or province :)
Billy / January 29, 2015 at 09:28 pm
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How did we score in our highway and transit system?
totto / January 29, 2015 at 09:30 pm
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unfurtunally, one small little study doesn't make a real fact, yes is true Toronto is safe, & yes is true be have a good health system, but is becoming so hurt to affort, and also education is lacking in so many areas.. & much more that I could mentioned
A replying to a comment from monh / January 29, 2015 at 09:36 pm
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I do feel ver sorry for you,

W. K. Lis / January 29, 2015 at 09:52 pm
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Except that the Ford brothers think Chicago is better than Toronto. At least, before either of them ran for mayor.
GoodAirLanguage.com replying to a comment from TO is average / January 29, 2015 at 09:53 pm
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They only looked at 50 cities, Vancouver wasn't one of them. Lot of notable cities missing though: Berlin, Boston, Mumbai, St. Petersburg, Bogota...
Mf / January 29, 2015 at 09:54 pm
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I left the Beaches ,where I grew up , across from the race track and down the street from the swimming pool , just off of woodbine and queen some 23 years ago . I moved to the west coast and would never move back to Toronto! However , I do have a cottage on Pigeon Lake!
Suicide_Boi / January 29, 2015 at 09:55 pm
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If Toronto is the most livable city then I want to die.
consumer / January 29, 2015 at 09:58 pm
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I lived in Toronto for 10 years. I have just left and could not be happier with my decision. It a monster of a machine made of pure steel . Take a
Drakes / January 29, 2015 at 09:58 pm
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I'm not at all surprised! So happy with my decision to move her from Boston about 12 years ago. Weather could be better, but not much we can do about that. Got back from Chicago last week from visiting friends, they told me they average almost 2 murders PER DAY!!!!
Toronto is positively booming, we do need transit infrastructure enhance for sure. Higher levels of government funding, as with other major world cities, would go a long way. After all, the province and Feds take so much $$ out of this city. How many people put food on their tables with the jobs they have in Toronto? We 416 ers have a saying.......you don't like it here? Go back to your little popcorn fart town!
gerry replying to a comment from Victoria / January 29, 2015 at 09:59 pm
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the cost of living for a city this size is actually really good.
Kate replying to a comment from Harry / January 29, 2015 at 10:04 pm
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you are wrong; there are plenty of planners, engineers, landscape architects/urban designers who are quite capable (especially Toronto's Chief Planner). The problem lies with politicians, the OMB, and developers, who mow through whatever they want. Despite the ubiquitous condos, I like my city.
Lmac / January 29, 2015 at 10:14 pm
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Toronto is an amazing city but the Maple Leafs could be better. Also, I could rebuttal some of the negative comments but it is just not worth my time. I'm off to enjoy my city!
La la / January 29, 2015 at 10:16 pm
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I live in Toronto. This city is no where near the best place to live in the "WORLD". Whoever wrote this article is a moron.
jonathan / January 29, 2015 at 10:24 pm
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HAHA - 'SAFEST' - COMPARED TO US CITIES ONLY - NOT 'BEST'.
sharon / January 29, 2015 at 10:28 pm
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who the hell is the Economist?...Safe? Seriously lol..another one who wants 2 minutes of fame
Ali / January 29, 2015 at 10:47 pm
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lived in TO for twenty years, got tired of spending two hours in traffic to get home from work everyday. Moved two a
Hours away in a small town, bought a business and live happy. Will never go back to live. Loving life in my new town, people are nice, five minutes from the marina, oh yeah bought a boat...
Ali replying to a comment from gerry / January 29, 2015 at 10:49 pm
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Really? Lol
#FordMoreYears / January 29, 2015 at 11:02 pm
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Alot of this raking from the past four years was under Rob Ford's Rein as mayor. More proof more facts he got shit done regardless of those that want to talk about a crack video that no one has seen
Stu replying to a comment from sharon / January 29, 2015 at 11:10 pm
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Sharon - you must be joking right? You don't know The Economist? And for being the third largest city in North America, Toronto is extremely safe.
Jane Mathias / January 29, 2015 at 11:20 pm
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UGHHHH.. unfortunately it ISNT the best city to live in if you're homeless. We really need to start helping out as a city & give our selves a greater reason to be the best city other than status. But with all things aside, please help donate to help the HOMELESS in Toronto. My friends & I started a campaign called "City Of Sleeping Bags" BlogTO posted about us last night! We're trying to raise funds to buy sleeping bags for the homeless in toronto. Like actual GOOD sleeping bags & tim hortons gift cards. Remember, we're focusing on the homeless & also on the homeless with mental health issues. You all know FOUR homeless people died this year because of freezing to death? ... the year just started!! That's NOT okay. What makes me sad is that people are starting to think it's okay because one of the people that died has a mental issue which according to toronto, makes it okay for him to die. That's NOT fair. HE wouldn't go to a homeless shelter because of paranoia and more but we have to do what we can to help those that are really in need and do not want to go to a shelter. Anyways, you can donate by clicking my name! Sends it to our website! Seriously everyone... think about it. It'll mean a lot. Even $5 is enough to make a difference.

love you all,
Jane Mathias
Co-Founder
JohnUptow / January 29, 2015 at 11:26 pm
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Best? It's a safety report. Jesus.
REB / January 29, 2015 at 11:28 pm
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Shouldn't that be "Toronto ranked the best city to live in IN the world"?
Doug / January 30, 2015 at 12:26 am
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While I realize that Toronto is not the most "cutting edge" city in the world, even people in NYC and LA don't consider their cities to be "amazing" when they're actually having to work and live in them. Try to imagine a better city to actually LIVE LIFE in than Toronto. Yes, I know Montreal has certain advantages over Toronto, but this ranking isn't "best nightlife", it's a range of things, and the economy in Montreal is far inferior to Toronto's. Where would you rather try to find a professional job, especially if you didn't speak French? You gotta work to pay for those nights out! And no, Toronto isn't "cheap" to live in, but most cities that are have obvious only issues. Windsor has the cheapest housing in Canada; do you want to live in Windsor? I didn't think so.
Jessie / January 30, 2015 at 12:29 am
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@Diller
Someone find his fb page and please if you ever see him, punch him in his tongue. He goes on like anyone cares to absorb any of his negative nonsense...
canadabren / January 30, 2015 at 12:29 am
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I was really confused by the title and the table. The table didn't seem to show what the title claimed. So I had to review the report via the first link in the article. Yes, it is true that (at least according to this report) Toronto is the best place to live (see page 20 of the report). Glad I live here. I love this city and hope to see it even grow into a better city.
canadabren replying to a comment from jackson / January 30, 2015 at 12:31 am
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if you check the report that is clicked on via the first link, on page 20, they explain how it works. I was confused, too.
Peter Jackson / January 30, 2015 at 12:35 am
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I've lived in this city for a while and it's pretty great. But I don't think it's the best at all. Sorry. But if you think it's the best we are living at a really low standard.
Jim / January 30, 2015 at 12:47 am
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"I've never heard anyone say 'I'm going to Toronto on vacation'." HAHAHA! So true, I've got so much family and friends all over Europe.. none of them have ever wanted to come here.
linden / January 30, 2015 at 01:23 am
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for me Toronto is an acquired taste. It took me a decade to accept it with all its flaws and issues. I guess if I leave the city, I would most likely miss it but my day to day experience does not really make me feel like I live in the best city. It is still very much a car-centric culture and many central locations are not pedestrian friendly (thinking of Lake shore boulevard).
Cory / January 30, 2015 at 01:26 am
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This is all inside propaganda. Toronto is a great city to live in but far from the best. Man, the balls to make such a statement. Traffic, weather, cost of life (businesses rents, people with good jobs needing to live with a roommate, etc. Come on ?! Wake up people. Proud is good but blind ?! Vienna, Zurich, Munich maybe (I lived in all of those for a bit as well) but not Toronto!
Dan / January 30, 2015 at 01:29 am
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What a joke of an article...
No Vienna, Auckland, Vancouver or Copenhagen... all cities that are typically Top 10 on any other list.
Jozi replying to a comment from Diller / January 30, 2015 at 01:38 am
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I'm waiting for you to make an actual argument.
Gino / January 30, 2015 at 01:55 am
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Toronto rocks! But as biased as I am about it and Canada, I doubt very much the claim of "Best in the world for anything". Top ten maybe, but it's a high mark to be better than Vancouver, Melburn, Sidney, and many others who consistently show up in many "best" lists.
Johnny Canuck / January 30, 2015 at 02:04 am
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To all the nay sayers... Toronto's big issues, transit & infrastructure, are due to the Harris government's downloading of services to the City, & complete cut of funding to the TTC... and our city counsilors constant flip flopping on transit priorities. Pre-Harris, Toronto had the best transit system in North America per population. It's OUR dumb decisions to vote these idiot politicians in. OUR FAULT!

But that isn't why we "won". And it certainly wasn't Ford's 4 year budget B.S.ing.

It's our people & great entertainment options, opera, theatre, movie festivals, & cultural festivals that make us the most dynamic, diverse city in the world. Carabana, Pride, TIFF, Indy, 3 universities... all attract people and celebrities from around the world. Not to mention free Heritage festivals in Greektown, Little Italy, Chinatown...

We all have a place to fit in, share our differences, and celebrate! Let's be thankful.
Johnny Canuck / January 30, 2015 at 02:09 am
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@ Jim, Then you don't visit downtown often do you? We have tons of visitors from around the world visiting us every day for work, conventions, sports, cultural events and just for fun. Try getting out of the burbs once in a while and discover your city! We do have a lot to offer.
Liam from Toronto now living in Sydney / January 30, 2015 at 02:17 am
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Love Toronto but the weather/lifestyle is not great during the non summer months! Sydney all the way! Surf year round. ..
Johnny Canuck / January 30, 2015 at 02:20 am
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P.S. I too am surprised we were considered "best". Canada was the best place to live in 4 years in a row at the turn of the century. (that's a stab at you Harper) The low Canadian dollar will definitely help tourism again. Let's MAKE Toronto the best, and not so bitchy. Please people. Smile! And be a friendly Canadian again.
Steffen / January 30, 2015 at 03:45 am
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Please Note: The Economist has SELECTED 50 cities. It therefore makes no sense for any one city to claim a position worldwide. Where is Oslo and Copenhagen on this list? They would be right up there at the top - certainly they're not ranked lower than for example Rio de Janeiro.
Rony / January 30, 2015 at 05:35 am
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I find Athens a thousand times more interesting place to live
annakarenina replying to a comment from monh / January 30, 2015 at 06:36 am
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Get the fuck out of here then bitch
Somchai Poonyaporn / January 30, 2015 at 07:03 am
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It's 28c in Chiang Mai, Thailand bitches. Too bad our dollar is tanking, that's less krapow and STD's for this scummer.

Yap!
Jack / January 30, 2015 at 07:15 am
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The numbers for Taipei are so wrong..lol.. if you have actually lived there before then you would know.. it's WAY less expensive than Toronto, safe,etc
Jack / January 30, 2015 at 07:21 am
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and food security for Shanghai is questionable given that there are so many food safety issues
#FordMoreYears / January 30, 2015 at 08:19 am
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Amazing news. Robbie pit us on the map and this ranking is over the past 4 years. See where we end up after Tory is done. In 4 more years it will be Ford more years!!!
dave / January 30, 2015 at 08:54 am
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Toronto is nothing special. Immigrants come here because there aren't many choices in the east or all of canada when it comes to big cities with their ethnic community.
Gary / January 30, 2015 at 09:06 am
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Of course, an article like this will bring out Toronto's haters but that doesn't change the fact that Toronto is one of, if not the best, place in the world to live. It's really becoming the world's newest great city. No other western city is growing and changing as quickly. That of course, means higher prices but it's also very exciting because nobody really knows what we will eventually become. We are creating this quirky, amazing, world metropolis, filled with diversity and it's own eccentric vibe. Bring on the changes. I LOVE IT!
MJ replying to a comment from Dean in Scarboro / January 30, 2015 at 09:13 am
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That's nothing to do with Rob Ford. He has done nothing for TO to achieve this.
Chris / January 30, 2015 at 09:17 am
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You guys make me laugh. Its astounding the amount of self-hate on this board. Imagine, so many people living in a city they apparently detest, and spending their days envious that it's not New York (which, judging from the nature of some of these comments, is a city most of you have only ever seen on television).

Pro tip: If you haven't found the means or desire to leave, then that reflects on you, not the City you're living in. Perhaps you should consider if your intense dislike of Toronto is not really about Toronto, but more about your own sorry, pathetic life. You're unhappy with the fact that you're such a failure and instead of owning that, you manifest it in some random dislike of a City you continue to choose to live in.

Fair enough if you happen to disagree with the Economist's findings on this survey - maybe you don't think Toronto should be #1 - fine. However, how do you respond to the fact that in pretty much every other independent survey measuring liveability, places to do business, or other measures of a successful city, Toronto routinely places in the Top 10, often over cities like New York, Paris, etc,? Are all these groups wrong? Is it some vast conspiracy to promote Toronto?

Perhaps you need to look a little closer in the mirror and think a bit more about what it is you REALLY hate (hint: it's you)

Must suck to be you man.
Gary / January 30, 2015 at 09:25 am
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Check my my Toronto centric channel on Youtube filled with videos of Toronto. It's called TORONTOPIA Just do a search on Youtube.
Lion of the Tribe of Judah replying to a comment from Diller / January 30, 2015 at 09:42 am
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I lived in those cities as well. What Toronto represents is great balance. Often times those cities are great to play in, but stressful to live in. Toronto strikes a great equilibrium between both. It helps alot that we are in Canada too, and Canadian ideals are pervasive.
SLP replying to a comment from Don't you DARE say anything nice about my city! / January 30, 2015 at 09:51 am
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I love the comments and comparisons from someone who has spent 'hours' in various cities around the world! Obviously here just to 'stir the pot'! What a joke!
# 15 reasons toronto sucks / January 30, 2015 at 09:53 am
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What ever 3rd world countries flush down the toilet end up in toronto. This use to be a place in the 70s and 80s now forget about it traffic worst in north america. Its cold 7 months of the year. U have to rob a bank to own a property. Good jobs lol everything is getting subcontractors like the garbage cuts everywhere. Overpopulated. And the people are cold and have this get ahead by anymeans mentality.
Jameson / January 30, 2015 at 09:58 am
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Lack of sun. Mayor we want sun... Argue that one.
Ito / January 30, 2015 at 10:01 am
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Outside of Toronto I lived in SF, Singapore, Tokyo and Shanghai. I would only rank Shanghai below Toronto.
# 15 reasons toronto sucks / January 30, 2015 at 10:11 am
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Toronto tripled thier hydro bill in 1 year and that government is still in office ??? Highest insurance in north america
Mel / January 30, 2015 at 10:18 am
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i can't see why it says the "safest" with all the crime there!!
CaligulaJones replying to a comment from TRUTH / January 30, 2015 at 10:26 am
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"How can a city dying from traffic and boasting only 2.5 subway lines for 2.6M population plus no developed suburb commuting options be the best to live?"

Because they looked at more indices than transit. That's why people listen to them and not you.

If you have one criteria, your choice of where to live is simple. If your only criteria is living in a city with an X in its name, Toronto would never be on your list either.

Scary thing is, you're probably in the jury pool...
SSC / January 30, 2015 at 10:28 am
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Delusional. Toronto has a lot going for it - everything that money can buy (like those other exciting hotspots, Zurich and Frankfurt). But there's no terroir. Everything good about it is imported or recently arrived (post-1970), from poutine to Chinese food. The local food movement promises to improve that situation over time.

That's one of the hard things about being an undeniable but still new player, like Dubai or Singapore. Big malls, flashy buildings, nice cars on the freeways...but not much soul. History counts for a lot in my books, and Toronto's history is pretty dour pre-1970. When more internationally-celebrated cultural products are actually set in Toronto, and people have had 50 years to enjoy it, flocking to Toronto to experience the Toronto "vibe" themselves, then we'll be talking.

There's also a general haughtiness and self-importance that comes from an unhappy combination of newly acquired wealth and size and a sense of being under-recognized. A gnawing civic insecurity and need to prove something. Toronto should let its hair down and forget about these rankings. Then it would be more fun. I thought Rob Ford was a great publicist and comic foil (not a great mayor). He completely deflated the city's chattering classes' tiresome and weirdly strident pretensions and gave the city a chance to laugh at itself. He was obviously a disaster otherwise.

15 years ago, newly departed from Toronto and traveling, I was in Sydney and tried to convince Sydneysiders that Toronto was a comparable city (size, global profile, economy). They were literally horrified. That, my 416/905 friends, was an epiphany. Money can't buy everything. As Berlin's former mayor famously said - that city is poor but sexy. And it works. And as Montreal's former mayor famously said - let Toronto be Milan. Montreal will always be [Canada's] Rome.

So my (grudgingly) loving prescription for Toronto is: relax, laugh, be cool, don't try so hard to impress, be yourself and love yourself for what you are. Find and polish your delightful, quirky, humble, unlikely gems. I know they're there. And for God's sake, stop caring about these rankings.
Kai replying to a comment from Mike / January 30, 2015 at 10:33 am
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Funny, I moved away for 20 years, and when I came back, I realized how cold, competitive and judgemental people here tend to be. It's actually one of the worst cities I've lived in, hands down. But the lake is nice.
zack / January 30, 2015 at 10:33 am
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LMAO yeah okay if you like the smell of pee maybe :P
# 15 reasons toronto sucks / January 30, 2015 at 10:39 am
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Derek Flack I would love to know what other cities u lived in ????? To say this is gods green earth!
SteveM replying to a comment from Charles / January 30, 2015 at 10:45 am
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40 years ago apparently.
loltrolls replying to a comment from Suicide_Boi / January 30, 2015 at 10:48 am
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Kill yourself then
SteveM replying to a comment from Alex / January 30, 2015 at 10:49 am
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Lol. Poor Montrealers living in the 70's still. Montreal isn't even in the same league as Toronto in any category.
Jodi / January 30, 2015 at 10:49 am
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Excluding important variables like PUBLIC TRANSIT SYSTEM and WEATHER will skew the results.
It's like doing a study on food, ignoring health and nutrition, and then concluding that McDonald's is the best food based on cost, taste, etc etc..
It's -20 today and the TTC is already broken down in 4 different places.
Fool someone else.
Karen Pottruff / January 30, 2015 at 10:55 am
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I'm proud of Toronto's ranking, except for the one where she comes in as a very expensive city to live in. I agree there.
j-rock / January 30, 2015 at 10:57 am
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I've traveled extensively for both work and pleasure, and Toronto stacks up very well against most places I've seen. It may not be the best at anything, but we do most things pretty well. I lived in Japan for nearly a decade, and had a few potential opportunities to move somewhere else in Asia for a few years. Instead, I chose to come back here. And every single day I'm glad that I did. So many of the (boringly predictable) posters have absolutely no idea how good they have it. I don't care if we're a "World Class" city (and can we PLEASE stop using that phrase?), or where we rank on international surveys. This is a great city, it's my home, and I love it. A lot of you need to learn how to take a compliment and relax.
Mihai / January 30, 2015 at 11:04 am
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Chris - excellent point. I feel perhaps a lot of Torontonians are new, and thus going through a long period of culture shock. It's only a matter of time before one grows up out of that.

SSC - that feeds into the first point. The only way to get over the incessant hand-wringing is to take matters into one's own hands. Make one's own life better, and one's own life full of the culture, joy and flavor that makes life worth it.

Basically those who are sour about the city are the same individuals that make this place more sour overall. Transit sucks? Bike. No culture? Go to the theater, the opera, or to any of the hundreds of live music events, or the galleries that are basically everywhere. Stop bitching and live.
Luke replying to a comment from SSC / January 30, 2015 at 11:08 am
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SSC - you lost all credibility when you finished with "And for God's sake, stop caring about these rankings." Your long-winded rant shows how much you care about this ranking, otherwise you wouldn't have posted such a long comment on here.

I'm not going to argue any of your points though, because they have no relevance to what this specific ranking is about. Toronto is a city that is safe, is very livable, has very solid infrastructure for business, is very democratic, and offers strong food security. That's what this ranking is talking about, and it's hard to argue any of that for Toronto.
GEORGE bARDOSH / January 30, 2015 at 11:11 am
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THIS SURVEY IS A LOT OF BULLSHIT AND CONTAINS A MAJOR STATISTICAL ERROR. TORONTO IS SUPPOSED TO BE CHEAPER THAN MONTREAL TO LIVE IN ??? INDEX IS 70 VS 86 FOR MONTREAL RE COST OF LIVING ??? ANYONE CAN TELL YOU THAT IT IS WAY MORE EXPENSIVE TO OWN A HOME OR RENT IN TORONTO VS MONTREAL.
IF THIS STATISTICAL ERROR IS CORRECTED THAN MONTREAL IS THE BEST CITY IN THE WORLD TO LIVE IN !!!
GDouglas / January 30, 2015 at 11:27 am
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Irony -- the democracy index shows that even with Harper, Canada is still more democratic than USA.
GDouglas / January 30, 2015 at 11:29 am
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@GEORGE ... I have worked in both Montreal and Toronto. I assure you that you feel slightly richer in Toronto for the same job position. Montreal salaries are lower. So after even deducting the expenses (including taxes and payroll deductions, food, house payments, car, etc) you have less disposable income in Montreal for the exact same job than in Toronto. There are of course aberrations, so Montreal can become better for you if you live in one of the cheaper parts of Montreal versus an expensive part of Toronto. But on average...
jm / January 30, 2015 at 11:32 am
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Toronto trully is a great city. It is a city that is growing each day in importance and population. As a teenager, I used to spend time in your Downtown. Never an issue with crime. I like the fact that as a 43 yr old, I have seen the city grow with all those amazing condo and office towers. Having also lived in Chicago, I csn say Toronto is a true city. Stop complaining about thr ttc, try the CTA
CaligulaJones replying to a comment from Jodi / January 30, 2015 at 11:32 am
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"Excluding important variables like PUBLIC TRANSIT SYSTEM and WEATHER will skew the results....It's -20 today and the TTC is already broken down in 4 different places."

That would only work if you had the stats from every other public transit system and their breakdowns. Some twit from up above wants Toronto to be in a dick-measuring contest vis-a-vis length of track. You want to count shut downs.

As for weather, completely subjective. Washington, D.C. would outrank Toronto purely with temperature, but trust me, you wouldn't want to work there in the summer due to the humidity.
GDouglas / January 30, 2015 at 11:34 am
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Also, it is job dependent. For desk jobs, IT, etc, the Toronto salaries are much higher (as much as 30% in my experience) but different fields of work can actually have higher salaries in Montreal. But usually, on average, Toronto salaries have been higher for the middle-class (with some burps, such as 2008 crisis).
mar replying to a comment from Gary / January 30, 2015 at 11:39 am
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you said it brother!
Andrew replying to a comment from GEORGE bARDOSH / January 30, 2015 at 11:41 am
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Remember cost of living is much more then just rental fees and housing prices, it also factors in household income and wages in Toronto are higher then in Montreal. Property taxes are low, it's a number of factors. I'd move to Montreal in a heartbeat but the unemployment rate is higher there and my technical job has a much much lower pay in that city.
mar replying to a comment from SSC / January 30, 2015 at 11:46 am
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Try to be present. its the only way to live.
Josh / January 30, 2015 at 11:57 am
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I think Toronto just feels expensive because we talk to our friends and family in Fort Erie, Belleville or Bobcaygeon whose jaws drop when we tell them our rent or what our house cost. Then our jaws drop when they say they bought their house for $180,000.

If we talked to people from New York, Chicago or London as often, we wouldn't probably feel so hard done by.
#Leafs suck / January 30, 2015 at 12:09 pm
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Onterribal the worst place u can be. Ppl are cold here. To expensive weather sucks. Overpopulated with people. Traffic is bad. Theres nothing to do nightlife is expensive and shallow
MER1978 replying to a comment from TRUTH / January 30, 2015 at 12:24 pm
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Sorry how is the number of subway lines a relevant stat to use when comparing cities? I kind of doubt that Toronto's subway system would suddenly become way more amazing if we split it up into a larger number of lines.
Jim / January 30, 2015 at 12:27 pm
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I feel proud as a Torontonian until seeing Montreal ranked 2nd...
The Shakes / January 30, 2015 at 12:56 pm
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I love Toronto. To me it has long been the most livable city, and keeps getting better.

FFS, it's a huge global metropolis that has pretty much all of the benefits of any other big city (culture, food, good jobs, opportunities, access to education, amenities, transportation) with relatively few of the negatives (crime, squalor, impossible cost of living, and dirtiness). Sure we can all sit back and find things to bitch about, but you can do that with any city. The point of this study isn't to say Toronto is a perfect place to live, because it isn't - nowhere is. The point is to step back and think about what other city you would want to live in, and ask yourself this: if you were living there would you really be better off? Would you feel safer? Would you make as much as you would here? Would you be able to afford as much as you have here? Would you be able to do the things that you enjoy doing here? Add all those things up, and then answer the most important question: would you really be happier there? If so then go!
Freddy / January 30, 2015 at 01:05 pm
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Great city if u love traffic jams all the time...if u wanna fell like u r in Bangladesh or Pakistan....
Strawberry_daiquiri / January 30, 2015 at 01:05 pm
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I think it is a very subjective opinion. I've been living in Toronto for 10 years. This city is great for old people, mommies with babies, introverts, and anyone who prefers quiet lifestyle with lots of personal space. Yes, it is clean, safe and quiet, and that's why many people enjoy it. If you are more of a party person who likes to have fun, dance, drink and meet lots of new people, then it is better to move somewhere else. I'm struggling as an extroverted person who is loud and likes to go out all the time, because nightlife is almost non-existent, people are very dull and cliquish, its almost impossible to meet new people and make friends and there are way too many strict laws which are pretty much anti-fun policies.
Strawberry_daiquiri / January 30, 2015 at 01:09 pm
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oh and those festivals everyone is talking about... really? What's so exciting about them? They promote them in a great way, and every time I read about them, I want to go. But when you actually go there, they are so boring. Most of them are about the food, so all you get is a bunch of restaurants selling food on the street, and giant lineups to get that food, that you can get any other time of the day. No drinking aloud, no dancing, no entertainment, no music, no concerts... And they are usually done by 8-9pm and everyone goes home to sleep
Sean / January 30, 2015 at 01:11 pm
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This is a joke right? You can only get to 10% of the city via subway, the TTC stops running ENTIRELY at 12 midnight. Property taxes through the roof, pollution through the roof, roads are worse and falling apart, traffic is atrocious, homeless are everywhere, the sewer system is on its last legs every winter water mains explode constantly. Gun violence is rampant.

Yea, I'm quite sure the term you were looking for is not 'most liveable' but rather 'festering garbage dump'.
Sean / January 30, 2015 at 01:13 pm
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@The Shakes - Any other city, Toronto is awful. How about we start with a place with a working subway system, that runs ALL DAY AND NIGHT, like New York, Tokyo, London, Paris, Moscow, Munich, and about 100 other cities in the world.

If you live on the outskirts of Toronto you can't even go down-town for an entire night because you have to up and leave at 11:30 or you miss the last subway back to the go station....
Sean / January 30, 2015 at 01:14 pm
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YA JUST GO TO T.O. HIT A CONCERT BRO!!! PAY FOR A 200 CAB RIDE HOME!!!

Screw that noise.
realityCheck / January 30, 2015 at 01:36 pm
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Toronto is number One? Really? And this is supposed to make us all feel good. That fact that Toronto is clearly a good for some should not blind us to the fact that it is clearly not working (primarily due to federal and provincial policies) for a huge number of residents. This study says more about how out of touch The Economist is than it does about the quality of life in this city. Why pundits and policy makers continue to put great stock in what this neo-liberal, globalization-cheerleading rag says is the real mystery. The publication's motto should be "unabashed apologists for the 1%...always".
Mark replying to a comment from JM / January 30, 2015 at 01:40 pm
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nicely put. We in Toronto have so much available to us. It's incredible really.
Penn replying to a comment from paul Bickley / January 30, 2015 at 02:00 pm
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We also have a ton of public parks that are accessible by car or public transit; have you not noticed that? Or is being near ,mountains so important to you?
TORO / January 30, 2015 at 02:02 pm
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Of course the trolls are going to come out extra hard over this news.

@Strawberry_daiquiri- Admit it, you don't actually go out much in this city.

@Sean- Obviously transportation is a huge issue in the city. However, no need to falsely state that there are subway systems that run all day and night in about 100 cities. That's just false. That's not even the case with the cities you mention.
sometimes / January 30, 2015 at 02:19 pm
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Obviously, Vancouver wasn't included in that study...and as others have pointed out, it's a ranking of the safest cities
matej / January 30, 2015 at 02:23 pm
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While torontonians like myself should be proud, being the best at providing certain fundamentals does not make our city the best in the world, this is simply false logic. At best, it makes our city the best for people in the lower ecomonical/social bracket, which is still good, but it does not prove the point that this article thinks it does.
Benj / January 30, 2015 at 02:47 pm
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I've lived in Toronto...maybe the people who wrote this article should do the same, honestly it ain't that great.
- No infrastructure! ( a subway to air port, haha as if! Or a subway that works haha even funnier)
- Constant grid lock ( worse than LA better than NY says studies Google it!)
- Freezing winters with average to cold summers
- University tuition is not free like most civilized European countries (Germany,France)
- High youth unemployment
- Terrible government representatives ( Pass the crack please?)

Pros (only 2 I could think of)
-Amazingly diverse restaurants from Japanese to pho.
-Acceptable cost of living. Who ever thinks Toronto is expensive should fly to London or Geneva, where you are going to pay $6 CND for a Starbucks venti green tea. #getCultured
ReadTheActualArticle / January 30, 2015 at 02:53 pm
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If you read the actual report from Economist... You'll see right from the very beginning that only 50 cities were even considered out of hundreds of others that are likely better.

"The Index focuses on 50 cities (see box
over the page for the full list and regional
breakdown) selected by The Economist
Intelligence Unit (EIU), based on factors such
as regional representation and availability of
data. Therefore, it should not be considered a
comprehensive list of the world’s safest cities (ie,
a city coming number 50 in the list does not make
it the most perilous place to live in the world)."
The Shakes replying to a comment from Sean / January 30, 2015 at 03:11 pm
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Like i said it is about the big picture not just finding something to carp about. If riding a train at 2:00am is what's of utmost importance to you than fill your boots, but i think most would agree with the Economist, that realistically being able to one day live in more than a 300 sq ft apartment, having decent job opportunities, feeling safe, having access to healthcare, etc might rank higher than riding a subway in the middle of the night.
Rena / January 30, 2015 at 03:12 pm
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Just so sick of the weather! If we can take Toronto and place it in a warmer climate it would be amazing!
Jim replying to a comment from Johnny Canuck / January 30, 2015 at 03:20 pm
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No, I've been to downtown Toronto, used to live at King/Parliament... it's nothing special.
Ferdinand replying to a comment from Sean / January 30, 2015 at 03:20 pm
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Ok but...the TTC doesn't stop running at midnight. I'm not sure what you're so worked up about since you don't ever seem to come to Toronto or you would know that the TTC doesn't stop running at midnight.
DC Toronto replying to a comment from monh / January 30, 2015 at 03:23 pm
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You forgot world class schools ... although some of the students they accept lack critical thinking skills
Gregg replying to a comment from Diller / January 30, 2015 at 03:35 pm
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Diller, you had me at 'Believe it or not, most people in most other countries have never even heard of Toronto.'. I'd be keen to know where you've travelled to glean this knowledge and how big of a sample size you asked.

Here's what I can add to the conversation as someone who works for a global travel company and flies ~100K miles/year. I am consistently told by fellow travellers that Toronto is either; on their must visit list or one of their favourite cities they've visited (granted caveat for tropical region visitors usually being 'during the summer'). Many of those who've never visited can name areas and attractions on their wish list like Greektown, The Distillery, Kensington Market, and the islands.

I am one of those who believe Toronto is the best city in the world, and I've actually spent a lot of time in the cities you mentioned in your previous comment. First, third, sixty-third, it really doesn't matter; Toronto is indeed a world class city with a world class reputation.

So again, keen to hear where your data is coming from.
Chris Tibb Miller / January 30, 2015 at 03:44 pm
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this article was definitely written pre-closing of Guvernment.
mike / January 30, 2015 at 03:46 pm
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Toronto is a disgrace.
true story / January 30, 2015 at 03:50 pm
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A lady was hit by a car at lawrence and dufferin no one ran to her aid they drove around her like a pile on. She ended up dying this happened in toronto the best place to live where no one has time for anything because the world is gonna end.
the lemur replying to a comment from SSC / January 30, 2015 at 04:07 pm
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Horrified how? (And is there is difference between being literally horrified and metaphorically so?).

Did these Sydneysiders of the year 2000 actually know anything about Toronto, or were they just imagining a city with approximately the same bad aspects as theirs (traffic, lousy transit, extremes of weather?) somehow existing on the other side of the world?
Angie / January 30, 2015 at 04:22 pm
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I Travel a lot around the world, I grew up in Southern California and I was born in Mexico. I have lived in Toronto for 22 years, I am very sad to hear and read all that has been said about Toronto. Yes we are not a perfect city and we have a lot of down falls but show me a city that doesn't Like Rome it is so rich in culture and has so much to offer but try breathing there the pollution can be stifling, then there is Paris "Oh the City of lights" with its share of slums and constant strikes! Turkey is a very clean city but do you really feel safe there? In California the weather is amazing but there are so many shootings that they don't even make the daily news anymore nor does the fact that many kids in elementary have either already experience being stoned or get stoned on a daily basis, also the medical care is atrocious and so is most of the public education in the USA. Now Mexico city... You have not seen what real traffic looks like until you have been to Mexico City! I can go on and on about many city and countries that I have personally visited or lived in but every time I come home to Toronto I know that I am very lucky to live in this great city of Toronto.
Jason / January 30, 2015 at 04:29 pm
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Boom! #1 in the world again. #1 complainers too by the sounds of it.
I've been to probably a hundred cities around the world and honestly the only one I would consider living in, outside of Toronto, is Vienna.
Ben replying to a comment from JM / January 30, 2015 at 04:30 pm
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All those people who complain about how it used to be this and that should look at the developments of the past 15-20 years... it is not the same city it used to be. The population growth is insane and with it comes more density, more amenities more culture etc. Before 1995 we didn't have an NBA basketball team (the only one in Canada)

I will continue to say that if you were to compare Toronto to NYC in terms of cost of living Toronto is WAY cheaper and should be....but we are growing at a rate faster than NYC at the moment and in 50-100 years will be the size of what NYC is today (granted NYC will be larger than it is now too but we are growing faster)So how much will the "ridiculously overpriced" (even though the market is what it is so I don't know how anyone can say that)$600-700K houses be worth in 20-30 years? I would say start looking at what a similar house in New York would cost you and start there. You have to start comparing real estate prices and rent with that of other large world class cities....I don't know what the economists are comparing housing in Toronto to currently....the rest of Canada? because that doesn't make sense. Would you compare NYC prices to housing prices in Denver Colorado and then say NYC is way overpriced because of that?

People need to stop living in the past and realize that in the last 15 years this city has added over 300,000 people...think about that for a second. The city also currently has about 50 buildings at 500ft or more with another 57!!! being built and the majority (about 32 of those) are greater than 650 ft tall...im no mathematician but that looks to me like the growth rate is increasing and drastically.

So again looking at Toronto from a global perspective...is it overpriced? IMO .....HELL NO get in now before it becomes the next NYC
Isabel replying to a comment from Mina / January 30, 2015 at 04:33 pm
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''The rest of the world wants to visit''.

F*cking lol. Give me a break.
WTF / January 30, 2015 at 04:39 pm
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This is actually ridiculous. The transit is a complete disaster in this city. Mobility is not a metric? I just the "city" in this index" is south of bloor, west of don valley, and est of spadina!!!
WTF replying to a comment from Billy / January 30, 2015 at 04:42 pm
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Got negative results, so the editor decided to not include it as a metric because he really wanted to boost Economist sales in Toronto.
The Shakes replying to a comment from Sean / January 30, 2015 at 05:03 pm
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Sean wrote:
"If you live on the outskirts of Toronto you can't even go down-town for an entire night because you have to up and leave at 11:30 or you miss the last subway back to the go station...."

People who actually live in Toronto don't need to get hurry back to the Go station at 11:30 nor does it cost them $200 to cab home. Pretty sure the real reason you hate Toronto is because you don't actually live in it.
Feroz Anjum / January 30, 2015 at 05:06 pm
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We should be proud of our city Toronto.Keep it up and appreciate
Zee / January 30, 2015 at 05:19 pm
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I have a hard time believing Newyork to be a 1 in terms of food insecurity. I leant and grew passoniate about Food security when I learnt about people struggling to find fresh, relativly cheap food in New York.
Jo-Anne / January 30, 2015 at 06:42 pm
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LOVE living within an hour's drive of Toronto.....can go their anytime we please....and then return to our beautiful suburb of Cobourg!
Best of both for us!!!!!
The Darkness / January 30, 2015 at 07:28 pm
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LOOOOOOOOL I'm from Toronto and this place is a crap hole that over doses its population with fluoride and fills everybody up with gmo foods.

Harper is a disgusting, untamed beast btw.
nock4six replying to a comment from Diller / January 30, 2015 at 07:48 pm
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To all the haters.....you realize you're the idiots eating the burger and complaining that it tastes like shit. Stop eating the burger then. In other words, if you hate Toronto, move out of the city. You're probably a ridiculous whining hipster anyway.
Toronto is a joke replying to a comment from nock4six / January 30, 2015 at 08:50 pm
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I'm not from Oshawa lol. (you just proved my ignorance point right) If toronto is already like this imagine oshawa or anywhere else...must be boring af. I've only lived in toronto for two years, and from a uni student's pov, this is what i think.

You can disagree or tell me to leave, but telling me to leave is just going to keep your ignorance levels at all time highs. Without any criticism, toronto is not gonna improve. If you can't take criticism and improve on the city's weak points, then it is your loss. After all you can stay here all ur life with the mindset that toronto is the best.

I mean me staying in here on Friday nite debating about this shit is silly. In any other city, I would be out with friends until 4 am. the only reason im here is cuz nightlife closes way too early and its way too cold...also club music is not the best here...plus people at uoft don't really know how to party.




Dmitry / January 30, 2015 at 09:12 pm
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I am proud. We're #1 between all, but definitely not the best possible.
Jill kulchar / January 30, 2015 at 09:14 pm
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I'm glad I moved to the country. Toronto is the best I don't want to see the worst
Dmitry replying to a comment from Dean in Scarboro / January 30, 2015 at 09:15 pm
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I agree on Rob Ford. This is his 4 year's job.
Al / January 30, 2015 at 09:17 pm
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Brought to you by the corporations running the show. Top 25 at best.
SSC replying to a comment from the lemur / January 30, 2015 at 09:17 pm
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They were horrified at the comparison. They didn't consider Toronto to be remotely in the same league, and they were puzzled by my passion in trying to convince them (I was young and innocent). Several had been. Economically, and in terms of size, there's an argument. But they've got natural beauty, climate, and sexy Aussie panache; people dream - truly dream - of living in or traveling to Sydney. People might have Toronto on a checklist of nifty places to visit, but they don't dream of it. They might acknowledge it as clean, business-friendly, well-governed (well, they know better now) and a safe, secure place. But it does not arouse passion. Do you dream of living in Frankfurt? Or would you find it a vaguely interesting and necessary place to pass through while visiting Germany? I would argue the latter. It is the type of place that does well on these profiles, unlike such lovely (if flawed) cities like Marseilles, Madrid, Buenos Aires, Guadalajara...and so on.

Toronto's a great city, but a curiously boastful and simultaneously insecure one. I think if Torontonians had a more realistic view of its strengths/weaknesses and rank in the global cultural and economic scene, there wouldn't be so much fuss over these rankings.
SSC replying to a comment from nock4six / January 30, 2015 at 09:22 pm
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This is one of the sh*ttiest things about Torontonians. Many, many of them are stone-cold snobs. Everyone is from somewhere. People in confident, cool cities don't act like that; they don't trash smaller, humbler places because they don't have to. I realized it after I left and it was a real breath of fresh air.
AdrianWoJ / January 31, 2015 at 12:57 am
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Not to sound like a pretentious douche here, but Torontonians really need to travel more.. Experience life elsewhere. Live abroad. Some outside perspective really provides you a sober outlook, and it could really take the salt out of Torontonians brazen pride and false sense of superiority for this city. I'm not exactly worldtravellersuperman, but the people who live in Toronto and love it blindly/zealously are the people who don't realize an entire world exists outside of it..
anti-pretentious-douchebags / January 31, 2015 at 01:37 am
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I love these articles that unleash bitterly jealous rage from residents of other Canadian cities who have no news of their own to read so follow (and complain about) ours, and others who formerly fell into this category but moved to Toronto to be closer with their built in self-loathing. You can practically see the flying spittle and bulging forehead veins. LOL! Too funny! Oh, and that includes pretentious douchebags who enjoy imagining they are the only ones who have ever travelled. Grow up and stop being pretentious jerks.
Roman replying to a comment from TO is average / January 31, 2015 at 03:06 am
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Precisely what I thought. What kind of research is this if it only includes 7 North American cities and Vancouver is not one of them? LA and Chicago are safer than Vancouver? They should've included Detroit in it in this case :-)
Penn replying to a comment from Benj / January 31, 2015 at 06:17 am
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How is having a subway to the airport more important than anything else mentioned in the article? It looks like we have yet another case of subwayitis here in addition to the more severe cases seen at Blog TO and in the city generally.

Newsflash to Sean and others; Tokyo, Paris and Montreal's subways shut down at 12 midnight for maintenance, and London also shuts down its subway as well (probably for the same reason, maintenance.) Only Madrid and New York have subways that are open 24-7/365 (although how they do maintenance, I don't know.) London only has its subway open all day on holidays like New Year's Eve, IIRC-and just like Toronto!

Perhaps if people like you weren't so hateful of the streetcar, Transit City would have been built to what it was supposed to be, and we'd be having a series of above-ground lines with some Blue Night Network capabilities. But thanks to the assholes who voted in Ford, now all we'll get is a crap three-stop subway line and two LRT lines-one of which will mostly run underground!

Again, this city's suffering from a severe case of subwayitis, and we need to find a cure for it

As to the article; like somebody said already, learn to take a compliment without being so self-loathing.

Peter / January 31, 2015 at 06:52 am
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Moved here from Montreal 20 years ago and have regretted it since. Good business city but besides that .... nothing.
Toronto is not a beautiful city by far, whenever we are downtown we are always happiest leaving.
Dr.wolfstein / January 31, 2015 at 07:59 am
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Its the government here its terrible they really squash the people. High taxes, insurance, rent, hydro, school tuition. Etc that stress out people most work 2 to 3 jobs not to mention this city wasn't built to occupy this amount off people all u have is dvp, 401, 400, qew, 407 and they are parking lots. There is no future here for the youth.
nearlygod replying to a comment from Diller / January 31, 2015 at 09:08 am
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You're just so wrong. Have you ever priced an apartment or flat in London or New York? Toronto has a *world class* theatre, music and film culture. We have three major professional sports teams. We are hosting the PAN AM GAMES! for Pete's sake (ok that's a joke.) I don't know what planet you live on.
nearlygod replying to a comment from John Doe / January 31, 2015 at 09:13 am
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Yes, and then go bankrupt when you get sick. Delusional...
WTF / January 31, 2015 at 09:16 am
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clearly the economist has never experienced the TTC

(caps lock necessary):

A CITY IS NOT LIVABLE IF ONE CANNOT GET AROUND THE CITY

what. the. hell.

Strawberry daiquiri replying to a comment from Toronto is a joke / January 31, 2015 at 09:25 am
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Hahahha. So true. I have actually noticed that none of the people who state that Toronto is great are posting any facts. Why is it great? What exactly is so great about it that makes it the best? All they do is post phrases such as :oh yeah, we are number 1"
nearlygod replying to a comment from Harry / January 31, 2015 at 09:28 am
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And yet he says that his time living in Toronto in the early '70s was "one of the most fantastic years of my life."

I think there's hope for us...
Strawberry daiquiri replying to a comment from Penn / January 31, 2015 at 09:32 am
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Just becaue people don't like the city, doesn't mean they are jealous. Sorry to burst your bubble
nearlygod replying to a comment from Ali / January 31, 2015 at 09:34 am
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Sorry, living an hour away from work by car is not really the same as living in Toronto, which I really consider to be the old city. Either take the train or move closer. Happy you're happy now, but I take your complaint with a grain of salt.
Strawberry daiquiri replying to a comment from Penn / January 31, 2015 at 09:37 am
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I got a whole list of things I hate about this city and it would take a while, but how come nobody mentioned about people freaking out about the weather. Canada is a north country and it will be cold, snowing and raining sometimes. Why everyone acts like it is some global disaster when it rains, snows, too cold, too hot or too windy? This is ridiculous. Just a light snow (not storm or anything) paralyzes the whole city, like nobody knows it is going to snow in winter. Duuuuuuh. It is on the news, that we are having a snow storm, many areas are without the power even after slight rain, streetcars and subways are not workings (and they build more of them aka lrt instead of listening to Rob Ford), everyone drives 30km/h on major streets like if it was a global disaster. Give me a break please. There is no reason to become idiots because of typical winter weather
frank / January 31, 2015 at 10:22 am
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Toronto is the worst place anywhere is better then here its like prison here
Ken / January 31, 2015 at 10:42 am
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I usually hate the Economist magazine (most pro-American shit rag in the U.K.), but I'm glad that Toronto made the list and we deserve it. Nice to see Montreal made it high on the list at least...
nearlygod replying to a comment from Peter / January 31, 2015 at 10:43 am
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@Peter re: leaving Montreal and hating Toronto: Montreal, nice place to visit, wouldn't want to live there. Isn't much of a city then, if you don't speak French, is it?
Smell the roses / January 31, 2015 at 10:52 am
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I have a funny feeling that the people crying about the city's flaws have a hard time making friends and living in any other city in the world wouldn't change that.
Roman / January 31, 2015 at 11:19 am
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Few facts about "the best city".
1. Toronto transit system is still using metal tokens.
2. You have to pay for parking on the street at your house (even if it as far as 30 minutes drive from downtown): up to 50$/mo (google permit parking).
3. Food everywhere is mediocre at the best. Most downtown restaurants are owned by large corporations, pension funds etc so food is corresponding there.
4. It's really, really, really hard to find a coffee shop in Toronto where they can make descent coffee. I mean there are literally 2 shops in downtown, and maybe few more across the whole city. They have a national donuts chain, timhortons, with the literally worst coffee you can find on the whole planet.
5. Downtown's office towers sucks: they are not for normal humans. You get from the train to the tower, you go up in elevator, you sit in your cubicle 8-9 hours and then get the f out from there. No chairs, no lounges, no TVs - nothing. Just empty, cold, naked spaces. The only good thing - is a large underground PATH as they call it, that connects most towers in downtown and has shops, food-courts etc.
6. Toronto suburbs sucks even more: they are totally soulless. Worst can you do is to live in place like Mississauga (features 90 years old corrupted mayor). Basically its a giant parking lot with offices building and ugly houses.
7. More about downtown: right now its one giant condo-community with dozens and dozens of condo towers that dominate everything. Did you dream to live in a condo city? Good luck then, Toronto is for you.
8. Ridiculous insurance for the car: it's not rare to pay 200-300$ per vehiche per month (ask me how I know).
9. Ontario runs by monopolies: state liquor stores, state beer stores, five banks that own everything, few mega construction corporations, real estate information is owned exclusively by CREA along with MLS board and so on and so forth.
10. And... drums.... the worst ever thing about Toronto: real estate prices. They are just ridiculous. Just check any real estate website (did I mention monopoly? There is only one database owned by CREA). It has zero information available for customers directly (nothing is published house price history, when it was sold last time, when it was build and so on - for that you need to ask "certified" realtor) and blurry pictures 300x300 px. No, seriously - to appreciate how great Toronto it is - go on real estate website and check yourself.
http://realtor.ca/propertyDetails.aspx?PropertyId=15178577
11. The lake near Toronto is completely toxic, paths and trails for bicycles are short with just few public places along it. Nevertheless, there are few good ones across the city, but you have to live in a right spot to access them easily.
12. You'll hear a LOT of "sorry" from everybody and we'll be sucked to say it to others too. A giant sorry city...
Tina / January 31, 2015 at 11:59 am
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I completely agree with Diller. Toronto is a dump! Ridiculously overpriced, to the point that it's no longer affordable, grey, depressing, horrible weather, high unemployment, and grumpy, cranky, stressed residents. It is my hometown, but no thanks! I'd rather live elsewhere.
Bill / January 31, 2015 at 12:04 pm
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How the f*** are Chicago, San Fran, LA and Washington DC number 1 in food security? What exactly do they produce that makes their food so secure? Is it their buying power to import food from places that actually produce it? Because I don't see NYC producing much in the way of fresh produce anytime soon.
AdrianWoj replying to a comment from anti-pretentious-douchebags / January 31, 2015 at 12:51 pm
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If an article is going to claim that Toronto is "the best city to live in the world", you can reasonably expect the criticism that comes with making such a bold statement. It is not pretentious to assert that Torontonians are spectacularly boastful and zealous in propping up such statements like "Toronto is the best", to the point of our city's detriment, and to complete negation. The city has MAJOR flaws: lack of public transport /highway infrastructure, poor city and urban planning, poor opportunity for employment, an increasingly expensive housing market, state-run liquor (I am a former LCBO employee and trust me, this system is antiquated), lack of consideration to bikes as means of transport, poor funding to social services and public services -education, etc. A growing city that cannot address these concerns cannot possibly be awarded with the accolade, "the best to live in." The groans you hear from people who have travelled are coming from those who are seeing other cities plan for an urban space properly -with actual prudence and foresight. It is not people just pretentiously suggesting they're more "worldly and well travelled" compared to the "average Torontonian." We all know "that guy." That guy who blindly and boastfully suggests that Toronto is the best place in the world to live, yo. The guy who cannot adopt perspective because it doesn't fit with his intransigent opinion. Coincidentally, it is THAT guy who has never been anywhere outside of Toronto.. We all hate that guy, and my comment about traveling is only directed at him.
Pat replying to a comment from Tina / January 31, 2015 at 01:27 pm
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Same sentiments here. Toronto and its natural state was not respected these past decades. Toronto is not aging very well.
Winners / January 31, 2015 at 02:05 pm
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#Winning
Peter replying to a comment from nearlygod / January 31, 2015 at 02:10 pm
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Nope.. you've got no choice.. if you don't speak french not a good place for you to even consider. Just visit and enjoy the great festivals, restaurants and night life. Montreal has a soul and TO just does not.. sorry
lauren walker / January 31, 2015 at 02:27 pm
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To all the Toronto haters, move to another province (I suggest Saskatchwean as itz the SHITTIEST place in the WORLD) for a few years and you will see very fast how AWSOME Toronto really is. Born and raised there, been in Sask for 4 long, shitty years and can't WAIT to come home this summer!!!!!
Dean / January 31, 2015 at 02:53 pm
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Best thing about Toronto is going to the airport :)
Andre Trombini / January 31, 2015 at 03:35 pm
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I love Toronto, I hade been living for 2 years in Toronto. Best time of my live.
Isabel / January 31, 2015 at 04:47 pm
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Actually the economist says that Toronto is the best city in North America .... not the world. In the world Toronto is ranked 8th
jm / January 31, 2015 at 05:07 pm
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Sooo many Toronto haters. Try living in any large other large N American outside of NYC. All others are just a bunch of ten block downtowns. Take Chicago, great city, but on the northside. Nobody, outside of turist, really go to downtown Chicago. But in Toronto, real Gta people shop n play downtown. It ain't tourist. As for the Ttc, trust me, its still is a good a system for N American standards. Try waiting for the EL trainon the weekend.
garyT / January 31, 2015 at 05:32 pm
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Typical parade of haters and parochial idiots. Toronto has its challenges but it's a great city to live, and is quietly doing the work it needs to do. The changes I've seen in the 17 years I've been here are amazing. If one more Montrealer starts with that tired old Montreal culture chestnut, I think I'll scream. Regardless of what the Economist says, the city is a great place to live. It'll be better when all the sad bastards who sing the praises of everywhere else they've ever been on holiday shut the fuck up and move.
Vlad / January 31, 2015 at 05:40 pm
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Undertakers sidekick
Strawberry daiquiri replying to a comment from TORO / January 31, 2015 at 06:17 pm
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I don't. Not as much as I want to. And that is my point. I would if people were more fun and outgoing, and the laws, rules and regulations weren't that strict
Guy replying to a comment from TRUTH / January 31, 2015 at 09:17 pm
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I think markham outside of Toronto is the best
they just got this new thing for their bus thing its called viva look it up
Winner / January 31, 2015 at 09:32 pm
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#Winning
girl / January 31, 2015 at 10:49 pm
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I love Toronto and it is the best place to live in
Tony Reneaux replying to a comment from Don't you DARE say anything nice about my city! / February 1, 2015 at 12:10 am
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New York city has also more rats than most major cities. Lol
Tony Reneaux replying to a comment from garyT / February 1, 2015 at 12:13 am
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Amen to that Gary! You are a true Torontonian!
Tarig / February 1, 2015 at 12:34 am
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I am very proud Canadian ...
Canada is best place for imigrants ...
Long live CANADA ...
tom replying to a comment from John / February 1, 2015 at 01:14 am
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i live in nyc and it sucks, dirty rats everywhere gross
Chris / February 1, 2015 at 06:49 am
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This list is a bloody joke! Of all German cities they took Frankfurt? Berlin is the place to be in Germany. It's the same as if they would have taken Marseille instead of Paris. Tells everything how much substance this ranking has: none! Pseudo statistics and science!
Peter replying to a comment from Chris / February 1, 2015 at 08:28 am
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or Munich another incredible city !!!
Rajawali / February 1, 2015 at 09:11 am
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The Economist can't be serious. Look at this:

http://www.torontolife.com/informer/features/2014/09/24/gridlocked-incompetence-pandring-baffling-inertia/

In 1955 Toronto built the subway system. Sixty years later, it is practically still the same system. Now we have gridlock that sixty years ago did not exist.

In addition, this colossal and irresponsible waste of money left no money to fix roads.
rayray / February 1, 2015 at 11:27 am
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Sounds like some people are "peanut butter and jealous"
Brandon / February 1, 2015 at 12:40 pm
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Okay, I'm from Toronto and I now live in Berlin, Germany....Berlin is better in almost every field, I don't give a rats butt what the stats say, I've also been to Paris, London, and alot of other major European cities, and I also found them to be more exiting and more to offer then Toronto. You see Toronto had virtually no historical sites and the museums are of poor quality, also did I mention the public transportation in Toronto sucks?
a / February 1, 2015 at 12:46 pm
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I am finding it hard to believe seeing as our minimum wage is way below a living wage. I guess they mean that it is the best city in the world to live in if you are upper middle class and the exact demographic of people who buy The Economist. Don't get me wrong I love Toronto, but I don't think this very accurately represents all Torontonians.
Mac / February 1, 2015 at 12:53 pm
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Toronto may rank higher as far as Cities go, but according to the inequality adjusted HDI and the OECD Canada overall is far from the best Country to live in, most Northern European countries as well as Australia are much better according to them.

P.S I'm Canadian.
Angry Bill / February 1, 2015 at 01:25 pm
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Toronto is still okay but declining, was WAY better place to live 25-30 years ago and will be awful in another 10 years.
Ryan / February 1, 2015 at 03:13 pm
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I saw the headline and laughed out loud. I've lived there before as well as other places in North America. It's far from the best place in the world to live.
Krisan / February 1, 2015 at 03:18 pm
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The wage may not be a living wage in some peoples minds....but in a time that food insecurity is growing throughout the USA it is much to be proud of. I currently live in Greensboro NC. Which I love but it is ranked #4 (as in the top 4) for food insecurity. 1 in three children are hungry.....So for a city the size of Toronto to have so little hunger Toronto is to be commended!
To Ryan / February 1, 2015 at 11:49 pm
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Well, Ryan, Toronto instantly became a better city when you shifted your sorry ass out of it. Funny how people who are so "thrilled" to have moved away from Toronto just can't seem to stop reading Toronto's news every day.
VERY strange, that. I think it is Love/Hate. Toronto is lovely and they hate themselves for moving back to that hellhole they had previously escaped from.
bob / February 2, 2015 at 11:02 am
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The worst thing about Toronto being called the best place to live is that it will continue this complacency to do nothing to improve the obvious deficiencies in this city and it will be used by politicians as a fallacy that they are making progressive strides for our city.
Vince carter / February 2, 2015 at 12:23 pm
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Toronto is a 2nd class city couldn't wait to leave that shit hole
M.Hulot replying to a comment from Rajawali / February 2, 2015 at 12:29 pm
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Building the subways that you wanted the city to build back in the day would have been a stupid idea (you remember the problem of DENSITY, don't you?)and would have resulted in nothing but versions of the Sheppard STUBway all over the city, costing money to run and not having enough passengers.

When are people like you going to get some common sense about this, and support light rail?
Strawberry daiquiri replying to a comment from M.Hulot / February 2, 2015 at 02:51 pm
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Light rail????? Hahahaha. So it will get paralyzed (just like all streetcars and outdoor subway tracks) at every slight cold, rain, snow or heat or whatever else is considered the end of the world by Torontonians? And don't even get me started ranting about the traffic it already and will create (hint - St. Clair). Thanks, but not thanks. I can't believe these bureaucrats are wasting the taxes that I'm paying on this useless piece of junk. Rob Ford was right
Chi replying to a comment from Truth / February 2, 2015 at 03:41 pm
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Actually the safe city index is but one of the rankings, in which Tokyo is the highest rated. Toronto has the highest average rating on the index, but way to look at one stat line and make a vast generalization! As for all the opposition to this ranking, I certainly agree this only provides a basis for deciding what city you might like to live in. Never the less, Toronto is a great city and it doesn't surprise me to it's world class.
KiplingAndDixon / February 2, 2015 at 10:34 pm
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In only four short years, Rob Ford was able to rescue this city from the failed marxist experiments of the Miller years to being number one in the world. Now John Tory and the Bay Street gang are trying their hardest to set back this progress.
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M.Hulot replying to a comment from Strawberry daiquiri / February 3, 2015 at 04:19 pm
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No it won't, Strawberry Dumbass; take a look at this website and get some information instead of talking bullshit like you usually do; http://lrt.daxack.ca/
Dennis Hawkins / February 4, 2015 at 09:21 am
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FILIBERTO BLANCO VALDES / February 4, 2015 at 02:21 pm
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Gweilojoe replying to a comment from TO is average / February 4, 2015 at 03:48 pm
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This survey only included 50 cities world wide. So they included the two biggest Canadian cities for the survey. Vancouver was not included. It is fair to say that if it had been it would have easily beaten out TO.
DaveNonissucks replying to a comment from Gweilojoe / February 4, 2015 at 04:26 pm
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And why is that? It's muuuucchhh worse as far as affordability goes.
To Gweilojoe / February 5, 2015 at 01:08 am
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Why? Give me one reason on earth why that sleepy wet burgh Vancouver would be found to be anything other than the World's Biggest Fishing Village? Just one will do. Otherwise, put your fantasies to sleep.
Pat / February 5, 2015 at 09:41 am
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A sign that a place it's not a top city or that something is clearly wrong with it, is when people (defenders/apologists/wearing rose-tinted glasses/in-denial) start letting out the comparisons with third-world places and to "be thankful"/"could be worse", etc.
1) You do NOT ever compare developed places with third-world or troubled places because it's far-fetched and you're actually lowering the place. You must compare Toronto with say, the Brussels or Bostons of the world.
2) if you know something is not right or that it's being shortchanged, then speak up! This is the only way things get done, otherwise the politicians shrug and go on checking their Swiss bank accounts (and depositing) while laughing.
3) in a place like Toronto, ONLY those born-and-raised here or old era immigrants to Canada from anytime BEFORE the early 1990s can speak and comment or be asked for their opinion (yes we're talking to you media/press). Why? Because they know the whole show and how Toronto was back then and what has been happening. They know the ropes. They are simply first-worlders and western.
Nori / February 5, 2015 at 05:03 pm
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Open your eyes, people: http://www.torontolife.com/toronto-is-failing-me/
Bob / February 15, 2015 at 11:10 am
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Was The writer on drugs or was he drunk.
Digby / February 19, 2015 at 09:40 am
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For the size of the city that it is, I think it is ok, but with the growth that Toronto is going through you need to build more than just condo's. You need to build infrastructure - e.g. public transit, more hospitals and schools - and cultural things like museums and galleries, which Toronto is not doing. After living in cities such as London, Singapore, Dubai and Hong Kong, I would definitely not say it is the number one city in the world, and coming high on some limiting categories does not make it so. I think people need to travel more, experience more and open their eyes more.
Tanner / February 23, 2015 at 01:33 am
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Lol another BS written by an idiot. How can it be the best place to live when it is the most expensive shithole in the world? I see people there and they all look so pissed off and look fearful that they are going to get punched the next time they open their mouths. With almost the entire city being psychotics, it's not surprising a delusional article like this could be produced. I guess Toronto people like throwing away money to be stressed, fearful and have their freedom of speech taken away. Really have fun spending money to step on shit all day and looking over your shoulders.
Paul replying to a comment from Dean in Scarboro / March 9, 2015 at 09:45 am
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actually Dean, it is 'in spite of' Ford as Mayor! Tory is now in to move the City in a more positive matter, NOW the side show 'Bumbling Bros Circus' has had it's last Act cancelled. YAY TORONTO!!!
Francis / March 11, 2015 at 11:26 am
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what a fricken joke . Best city in the world ?? Toronto is a great city in Canada and that's about it.
marvin Torres / March 22, 2015 at 09:29 am
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this city is way overpriced, no jobs, this city is totally a dump and a joke!!
Lucci / March 25, 2015 at 05:10 pm
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AS IF!!!!! This is BS
Chris / March 25, 2015 at 10:29 pm
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ok i have lived in NYC-Manhattan, Singapore, Hong Kong, LA and London before. Dont ask me why I lived so many places b4. I spent generally 3-5 years each. I have to say Toronto isnt the best in particularly anything, not one item in the list mentioned above reminds me of toronto being the best. with that said. Toronto is definitely the top 3 in everything I have considered in a city. One thing to add on, in terms of world class first class city, like London, NYC, ShangHai, Hong Kong etc, do u guys have any freaking idea how expensive living in these cities cost? Both renting or owning. Do ur research. Toronto is the cheapest among all the 1st class world cities. I can get a really really freaking good high rise tall condo with 1-2 million dollars. Try NYC or Hong Kong, u r talking about US$5000-10000 per square ft, down town toronto is around 800-1500. yes compared with small town village house to toronto condos, they seem like a huge difference, but try to compare with other huge 1st class world cities. Toronto is SOOO CHeap....

Its one of the safest also. Good job opportunities r great. ALso, i feel happier here because people here r generally less Social-Status oriented. One can be proud of simply having a job working as bus driver and still feel proud of his work. Where as in Hong Kong, people try hard so hard to move up the social ladder, always wanting to socialize with doctors, bankers, expats, etc...

Toronto is a great city. If u think toronto has lots of problem, tell me which city doesnt.. I can tell u, toronto has least problem and more perks. I dont love toronto, but I am just being impartial here. And honestly, im starting to like to city more and more..
Mister R / March 25, 2015 at 11:13 pm
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I don't believe it.
Unemployment level is extremely high.
Prices for houses expensive.
Economic recession.
Someone who wrote this bullshit-I think he is a moron and f#cktard...I saw a lot of cities much better than Toronto.
Why do you think that Toronto is the best in the world???
The are NO reasonable ground to believe so...
Mister R replying to a comment from bob / March 25, 2015 at 11:17 pm
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By the way from 2002 till 2015 NO single subway station was opened in TTC.
My friend wrote a complaint to TTC-please open new stations-but they just don't care a fig about people.
Bob C / April 1, 2015 at 03:50 pm
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As cities go, Toronto is very balanced, and is one of the easier ones to live. Sure, traffic and cold weather are rough, some might say taxes are too high, though it offers a lot in terms of culture & opportunity, and is clean and safe. After saying that, I have to agree with SSC that the superiority-inferiority complex is unexpected, pervasive and annoying. Toronto is also one of the unfriendliest cities I have ever lived, mirroring the image of Canadians being the nicest folks on earth.
Toronto is also not inspiring. It's just good. Good is great when you are immigrating from a tough circumstance in another country, or when you are building a family. Good is what you want. But there are much more beautiful, inspiring and interesting places to live and visit.
I am a European that has raised my family in Toronto, live & work in the US, have lived in a variety of different cities around the world, and have traveled to every city on this list and many more. I'm a fan of Toronto, though I have to agree with SSC about it's shortcomings. Toronto will continue to grow, and downtown may become a bustling micro-condo community, though the wages are too low and expenses too high and it's not inspiring enough to really ever become a new NY. But it's fine just as it is if the attitude would just disappear.
poop replying to a comment from Lucci / April 5, 2015 at 06:07 pm
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BS you, lucci!
Segundo / April 20, 2015 at 06:14 pm
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Toronto is beautiful. But it does need a little color. My goal is to bring forward some culture and tradition.
Kevin McCormack / April 21, 2015 at 12:52 pm
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I really can't understand why Toronto residents would be more on the unhappy side compared to other cities in North America. Toronto is a world-class city, it is rich, it has really everything a person could ever want. It has the greatest diversity of ethnic people in the world. It has restaurants, bars, museums, fairs, exhibitions, amusement parks, city parks, cultural events. The list goes on and on. On the down side though, there is still too much unemployment esp. among the youth, and the cost of living in Toronto is very high. Most of peoples unhappiness is probably financial.
B / April 21, 2015 at 02:31 pm
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Until you actually come here and live miserably like a slave to the thieving government and big corporations
dmac replying to a comment from Mike / April 22, 2015 at 05:30 am
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I moved away from T.O in the late 70s,couldn't wait to get out of there fast enough,and it's even more of an overcrowded dump now.worst city in Canada by far.
dmac replying to a comment from Kevin McCormack / April 22, 2015 at 05:32 am
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Most people are not rich,and living in an expensive city can be a Huge struggle for most people.
dmac replying to a comment from Francis / April 22, 2015 at 05:39 am
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Toronto is the most crowded city in Canada and the worst place to live in Canada.There's nothing great about it.
dmac replying to a comment from Gweilojoe / April 22, 2015 at 05:46 am
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They are not the two biggest T.O and Montreal are the biggest,Van is third on the list.T.O and Van are the most expensive city's to live in and that's why their citizens are the most unhappy,it's a constant struggle to survive.
dmac replying to a comment from rayray / April 22, 2015 at 05:50 am
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You have to get out more,move to any other city in Canada and you will never go back to that overpriced dump Toronto.
dmac replying to a comment from nearlygod / April 22, 2015 at 05:53 am
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I didn't speak french and lived in Montreal 27 years,great place to live.
kaushik / April 22, 2015 at 07:16 am
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Here's my personal take on 6 cities
http://aapkareview.blogspot.in/2015/04/6-cities-quick-shootout.html
randy / April 24, 2015 at 09:06 am
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good city for 3 months of the year.
Iain Hill / May 15, 2015 at 08:49 am
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There is nostalgia for the old Toronto, one a bit more provincial and decidedly white bit that city is long gone. This is a fast moving and growing metropolis where development is outpacing infrastructure. It is expensive and there is a growing underclass. Despite this it is still the destination of choice for thousands. The indices used are hard data not loose metrics that try to access charm and the like. I lived there for 20 yrs. As a friend once said, "There is only one thing better than leaving Toronto, and this is coming back." I
Bosse Nova / May 19, 2015 at 03:50 am
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One thing I don't understand is how Toronto can do so well in cost of living. Daycare? Dentist? Rent? Groceries? Where those factors considered?
Farm Boy / May 19, 2015 at 10:56 am
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But, it takes a village to raise a child. I have been to Toronto; and I wouldn't want my children to grow up in that environment.
Margot replying to a comment from lauren walker / May 19, 2015 at 12:13 pm
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Amen Lauren! Toronto is the bomb. Canadians from elsewhere are just hating, as usual. Go back to Saskatchewan and Manitoba!
Binsk / May 22, 2015 at 01:11 pm
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If you don't like Toronto, don't come here.. If you live here and don't like it, Southern Ontario has many small cities that you can rent a whole house for what you'd pay for a 1bdrm apartment in Toronto.. I can give you the number of a guy with a truck. lol. I love Toronto, and I've lived in every province in this country. Well not the Island provinces PEI or NFLD. But Cape Britain Island is Nice vacation spot. Vancouver is Beautiful and if I was going to pick another city to live in it would be Vancouver. Edmonton and Calgary are okay though Edmonton's numbered streets made the city seem impersonal[rocking Mall -The West Edmonton mall], Winnipeg was brutal though it was -35 at the time.lol Didn't like Montreal, but the Leafs vs Habs rivalry might have tainted my judgement.hahaha Toronto has always been Home, and I don't need to spat off all the great things about the city. I know them, and I cherish the greatest city in the world. My Home, Toronto.
Binsk / May 22, 2015 at 01:40 pm
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To those who complain about the cold, most people born and raised in Canada love the cold. They would pick the coldest day over the hottest 9/10 times. Hockey,shinny,skating,skiing,sleding,snowboarder,curling,ice fishing,Snowmobiling
Ared / May 27, 2015 at 01:45 pm
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People who make negative comments about Toronto, do not appreciate much of what it has to offer and the diversity of people in this city. I've lived in the US and in Asia and this city has so much to offer and over 150,000 flock here from abroad.
Former Toronto Boi / May 27, 2015 at 03:43 pm
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I moved out west for a better quality of life and that's exactly what i got. I can't say i have any desire to move back to my hometown of Toronto with its crappy million dollar homes (that cost $250K when i left); low wages; unbearable traffic; endless condos and congestion; increasing taxes of every kind; and its failure to commit to decent public transit.
I enjoy being mortgage free in a nice family house, short commutes, excellent wages, no pollution and friendly people.
Oh well, if you're wealthy, stay in Toronto and enjoy all its worldy desires.
Grant / June 2, 2015 at 11:16 pm
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It's about to get even better thanks to roverparking.com :)
Sue replying to a comment from Former Toronto Boi / June 4, 2015 at 09:42 am
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So where "out West" is so wonderfully affordable, with "excellent wages"?
Sue replying to a comment from Former Toronto Boi / June 4, 2015 at 09:46 am
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Seriously, I really would like to know where! Toronto is very overrated.
Michael H replying to a comment from Stas / July 7, 2015 at 11:13 pm
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Quip from a friend visiting from Melbourne a couple summers ago when asked what he thought of Toronto:

"It's a bloody long way to come to visit Melbourne".
I got proof / July 8, 2015 at 06:28 am
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Toronto is much more visually pleasing than most cities: https://flic.kr/s/aHsiQSNLjU
Tom replying to a comment from JM / July 8, 2015 at 11:38 am
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Safe yes..

But Toronto is a bit booooring.

It doesn't have the "edge" that NY, London, Paris or Amsterdam have. Just some try hard wannabe trendies who think they're cool, but are really about 3 years behind what really is cool.

But it's a fine place all in all.
Tom replying to a comment from Binsk / July 8, 2015 at 11:41 am
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That is utter horse poo poo.

Cold days over warm? As soon as the sun comes out every Toronto being comes out...smiling, in shorts and skirts and ready for some action.

Winter is hibernation time and nobody actually enjoys more than 4 weeks of it.
Jay / July 8, 2015 at 09:12 pm
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I agree with Diller somewhat. I've lived here among other cities for a fair enough amount of time to make a proper judgement. The city is nice. It has all the makings of a world clas city. EXCEPT the poeple. I find most people in Toronto to be pretentious, snobby and very hard to socialize with. Everyone flogs to message boards to be proud of their city but it definitely didn't reflect on the streets, or in the bars or in any of the 'culture'.
Tjn / July 8, 2015 at 10:59 pm
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Wow,...we are going to win for most negativity and bitter grumbling too after reading the posts. Seriously folks, get out for a walk and have some fun. Lighten up.
MER1978 replying to a comment from TRUTH / July 9, 2015 at 09:08 am
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"How can a city dying from traffic and boasting only 2.5 subway lines for 2.6M population plus no developed suburb commuting options be the best to live?"

How is the number of subway lines a useful metric for anything?

Montreal has more lines but almost the exact same amount of track and given that our subway trains hold a larger number of people I doubt many would argue that Montreal is better just because they have more lines.
Susan replying to a comment from Harry / July 9, 2015 at 02:05 pm
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Spot on ! Toronto sold out to the developers with ugly glass boxes that are far too tall and have destroyed the skyline all over the city!!!!!
Kayla / July 9, 2015 at 04:00 pm
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MER1978 - Anyone who has taken the subway in Montreal will tell you they could walk from any downtown stop to where they were going. No streetcars are necessary because Montreal's subway system has excellent coverage of the downtown core and better coverage overall than Toronto.

Are you going to tell us that one East-West line running along Bloor Street is good enough? Oh wait, let's not forget about the Sheppard line that goes to the busy Bessarion station!!

The number of subway lines is a useful metric and it tells a story if you need to visualize it (Just google "London vs Paris vs New York vs Toronto subway map" and look at the pictures).
Anonymous replying to a comment from Dean in Scarboro / July 9, 2015 at 06:17 pm
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Agreed completely... its quite appalling
John / July 9, 2015 at 06:27 pm
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Toronto isn't bad for a city but in Canada, PEI is where it's at! Beautiful ocean frontage, quite and laid back towns, cheap housing and gorgeous pastoral views.
K / July 10, 2015 at 04:24 pm
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Singapore is a country not a city.
oNeDAy / July 15, 2015 at 03:57 pm
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Drake's responsible...
Janet / July 18, 2015 at 12:23 pm
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9+
Janet Scully
55 mins · Edited ·
TORONTO - WHERE HAS ALL THE POSITIVE ENERGY GONE?
I was born with a Sensory Integration Dysfunction, which means my primitive brain reacts adversely to light, smell and particularly noise. I have been Clausterphobic all my life. Add to that an Autonomic Nervous System disorder that led right into the lap of Fibromyalgia, and you have a person that's going to function badly in a big noisy city. I am sensitive to street "vibes" and feel negative energy around me frequently. Noise from my environment can flatten me.
On and off, I have lived "downtown" 40+ years either north or south of Bloor Street. I prefer north because it is a better environment for me. As much as I dislike some of the people that urban centres attract, I have a valid excuse for why I find living in Toronto difficult. My problems are portable; they follow me wherever I go in varying degrees. I just read some of these hostile and rude remarks about Toronto. These people do not add value to making Toronto a better place on a daily basis. People could learn to be more polite, friendlier, considerate and quieter.
POSITIVE ENERGY WOULD REPLACE THE UNNECESSARY NEGATIVE ENERGY THAT IS PERVASIVE IN TORONTO. I would benefit immediately.
The Chekan replying to a comment from Mister R / August 12, 2015 at 08:04 am
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I'm sorry, did you just expect to have a set of subway lines be built everyplace in downtown Toronto? That's quite impossible and stupid.
Paco replying to a comment from JM / September 22, 2015 at 06:57 pm
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Toronto really sucks, people are cold by nature, pig-like manner, no feeling just good behavior, I'm stuck. They treat you good publicly but lack national identity. We are culturally and racially based communities, asylums, snitch visas and diplomatic immunity. Leaving those born here isolated & uneducated. It's a good place if you came from a 3rd world reality but within North America it's the worst place for heterosexuality. The British made house keepers but the field men took off to the states, their own were granted citizenship others knocked-up a girl and a had a kid. I rather had been born in a crime infested place with separation of church & state (no monarch) with a black president of a department not a ministry, cleverly up north they promote pork and teach us inferiority. However, lower cost of living, aggressive seniors & children with prejudices against religion, creed and b&tches. Nonetheless, I feel that is real behavior by them (states), not this euro nonchalant attitude towards men. Even colored females are w-washed so they don't get married, G20 summit said to control what she carries. Also, we get fluff education is why many fail, since our leaders obtained degrees at Harvard/B.U & Yale. Hence, a society that psychologically subjects you to be with your own kind can go to hell!!!
bert / October 5, 2015 at 02:03 pm
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Toronto is a nice and livable city for 3 months of the year. The rest is obscene hehe. But well I have a brand new condo in the 70th floor so can't complain of the winter I will hibernate a bit and live in South America during the winter.
bert replying to a comment from Paco / October 5, 2015 at 02:05 pm
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Applause!
Jag / October 29, 2015 at 09:52 pm
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Please come to Alberta and will see how good it is as compared to Toronto. I lived in Toronto and feel great but traffic is big minus. Do you want your presious time on the road. Answer is no. God bless you.
rich / November 10, 2015 at 02:25 am
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I have lived in 5 cities the past 5 yrs: Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec and now Calgary. I would have to say that Toronto is the most exciting. The clubs, restaurants, bars and cafes are great. The ethnic mix is great - there are so many hot girls in T.O. from all countries imaginable. Vancouver has warm weather and great outdoor surroundings. Montreal is a great party city, or great for students - Not sure I would want to live their. Calgary is the least friendliest city I have ever been to. Most people are their just for the money. The guys greatly outnumber the women because of oil, gas and construction. I have never met such fake and 2- dimensional people like I have in Calgary, AB. If it wasn't for work, I would have nothing to do with Calgary. Toronto and Vancouver reign supreme.
PJ / November 12, 2015 at 12:37 am
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Man, this post has stirred up a flurry of commotion! For what it's worth, I've lived in Tokyo, El Salvador, Ottawa, played hockey in the U.S., raised in Toronto. You're in denial of you can't recognize that this city has a great deal to offer. If you don't like it here, get the f*ck out. Plain and simple. Travel, see the world before you spout off what makes this a terrible city, it will do you a lot of good. Sure, there are many places in the world that fit certain personality types, that's the beauty of human beings we're diverse in out interests. Toronto has some flaws though so much to feel proud of. I'm not shocked that Toronto ranks right up there in the top ten in so many indices. I love to travel all over and regularly love to come back to this gem. #Toronto.
harrold / December 4, 2015 at 06:53 pm
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Toronto is the corporate, cultural and media centre of Canada, a very good country in world terms. On the negative side, it has terrible traffic and, in world terms, terrible weather. I lived there for 40 years and I'm not going back. I now live in a place where the cost of living is less, the selection of restaurants is as good and the weather is a lot warmer year-round.
Jake / December 31, 2015 at 11:24 am
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The question is which indicators one can use to determine best city. Maybe we should also include overall happyness?
jamie / January 9, 2016 at 08:44 pm
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Montreal beats Toronto hands down. paying half a million for a box called a condo is so stupid of people so most of them are not smart peeps in toronto.. Downtown covered by high rise you cant even see the sun anymore.. rob ford was an embarrassment..
Montreal has culture, style and food..
jamie / January 9, 2016 at 08:46 pm
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http://www.blogto.com/city/2015/04/toronto_ranked_2nd_unhappiest_city_in_canada/

TORONTO 2nd unhappiest city in canada uhmm good job. no way its the best place to live
jojo star replying to a comment from jamie / March 17, 2016 at 12:26 am
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toronto boring and expensive and cold and hard to get anywhere. montreal is colder. i'd rather go to tokyo or singapore or sydney anyday
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