Reproduced from the Toronto Star
Toronto has been ranked the best place to live in a recent report on urban safety published by the Economist.
It may not boast a winning hockey team, but Toronto topped a list of 50 cities all measured based on their placement in the Safe Cities Index as well as livability rankings, and three national indexes, including the Democracy Index, Business Environment Rankings and Global Food Security Index.
“Toronto is a consistent performer across the five other indexes, putting it top overall,” the report read. Toronto’s worst performance was in the cost of living category.
Montreal, the only other Canadian city on the list, earned a second-place ranking in the shortlist of 25 cities.
The overall ranking was published in Safe Cities Index report from the Economist Intelligence Unit, which assessed cities around the world based on digital and health security as well as infrastructural and personal safety.
Tokyo, which the report cites as the world’s most populous city, topped the overall safety ranking, having performed “most strongly in the digital security category,” according to the report.
Toronto earned eighth place in the Safe Cities Index. Montreal was 14th, while Jakarta ranked at the bottom of the list.
The report also concluded European cities struggle with digital security more than cities studied in the United States.
Stockholm, San Francisco, Zurich and Washington D.C. also ranked highly in the overall, best place to live shortlist.