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Toronto ranked 2nd unhappiest city in Canada

Toronto is the second unhappiest city in Canada according to a new Statistics Canada report on relative life satisfaction in urban centres across the country. Apparently our mopeyness is surpassed only by Vancouver, which ranked at 7.808 out of 10 compared to Toronto at 7.818.

The main study question was straightforward. Researchers asked respondents to rank their "life satisfaction" on a scale of 0 to 10, where the former indicated "very dissatisfied" and the latter marked "very satisfied." By way of context, the happiest city in the country is Saguenay, which averaged out at 8.245 out of 10.

That doesn't sound like a huge difference, but a more nuanced examination of the numbers reveals that Toronto also has a high percentage of individuals who ranked their life satisfaction at a 6 or less (17.1 per cent), whereas more happy cities come in at 8.6 to 12 per cent.

What do you think? Aren't we supposed to be the best city in the world? Would you rather live in Winnipeg (7.894 on the happiness index)? Or perhaps St. Johns (8.174)? Weigh in -- if you can fight back the tears.

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