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Can you guess the #1 city to live in? You might be surprised

/ February 2, 2015

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Can you guess the #1 city to live in? You might be surprised

Ever thought about where the best place in the world to live is?  Ever thought that Toronto, Ontario would make the top of the list? Me either.

According to a recent report on urban safety by the Economist Intelligence Unit, Toronto comes out on top as the best place to live.

Toronto’s top score amongst 50 cities was measured on several living indexes including Safe Cities Index, Democracy Index, Business Environment Rankings, Global Food Security Index and livability rankings.

Good thing sports team success has no effect, am I right?

The Economist Intelligence Unit assesses cities all over the world and assembles the Safe Cities Index, a report listing the cities in order of best place to live based on criteria surrounding digital security, health security, infrastructural and personal safety.

On the shortlist of 25 cities, the only other Canadian city to make the list was Montreal, Quebec, earning itself second place.

Tokyo, Japan came out on top of overall safety rating for reportedly being “most strongly in the digital security category” in the Economist report while Toronto ranked eighth place and Montreal further down the list at 14th place.

The report also showed that cities in Europe struggle more with digital security than those in the United States. However Stockholm and Zurich managed to rank high in overall shortlist of best places to live among U.S cities San Francisco and Washington D.C.

You can check out The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Safe Cities Index 2015 here.


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