Toronto review: 54 facts and highlights


How does Toronto compare to the average?

  • Unemployment rate

  • Average salary

    2 574.92$vs1 698.51$
  • Population

    5.4 millionvs1.55 million
  • Gross domestic product (GDP)

    185.9$ billion vs100.95$ billion
  • Sports facilities (stadiums, arenas with 20,000+ seats)

  • Average minimum temperature

  • VAT

  • Number of airports



1.population density

4334 people/km²

Population density shows how cramped or spread out inhabitants are. Cities or countries with high population densities can be considered overpopulated, which can be a problem if the infrastructure is underdeveloped. Source: Wikipedia, 2021.

5.4 million

Populous cities or countries usually offer better employment opportunities because of their large economies. Big cities attract companies and business investment, and are usually important cultural centers and research hubs. Source: Wikipedia, 2021.
Cities or countries with younger population have usually better development perspectives. Young societies are more dynamic and creative. Source: Wikipedia, 2021.
The percentage of female residents, according to the city's official statistics. Source: Wikipedia, 2021; UNData, 2021.
The percentage of male residents, according to the city's official statistics. Source: Wikipedia, 2021; UNData, 2021.
More people from abroad residing in the city provides a multicultural environment and may show how attractive it is for foreigners.
The percentage of Facebook users among a whole city population indicates how familiar are city’s inhabitants with web 2.0 and shows how popular the social media are. Source: Socialbakers, 2021.

Quality of living

Low unemployment rate indicates better career opportunities and economic growth. Source: Wikipedia, 2021; city's official stats, 2021.
Public health care is more affordable for an average citizen and usually guaranteed for everyone. Source: city's official website, 2021.
The average price of a single-bedroom apartment located in the city center shows how much of your salary would be allocated in rent expenses, and is an indicator of the cost of living of the city. Source: numbeo.com, 2021.
Source: Wikipedia, 2021; city's official stats, 2021.
The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) reflects the value and productivity of an economy. It measures the market value of all the final goods and services produced annually. To reflect the differences in the cost of living and inflation rates, we show the GDP at purchasing power parity (PPP). Sources: Wikipedia, CIA World Factbook, 2021.
The Gini coefficient is a measure of dispersion, in this case used to show the variation in income. A Gini coefficient of zero expresses perfect equality. A Gini coefficient of one expresses maximal inequality. Lower income inequalities indicate a more equal distribution of wealth and better opportunities for the average citizen. Source: Wikipedia, 2021.
The standard value-added tax (VAT) rate. Source: Wikipedia, 2021.
The Big Mac Index is published by The Economist as an informal way of measuring the purchasing power parity (PPP) between two currencies. The Big Mac PPP exchange rate between two countries is obtained by dividing the price of a Big Mac in one country (in its currency) by the price of a Big Mac in another country (in its currency). Source: Economist, 2021.
Murder rate expresses number of murders per 100,000 inhabitants. Lower murder rate indicates safer city and better quality of living. Source: Wikipedia, 2021.


Source: Wikipedia, 2021; WMO, 2021.
Source: Wikipedia, 2021; WMO, 2021.
Source: Wikipedia, 2021; city's official website, 2021.
4.has lake/s
Source: Wikipedia, 2021; city's official website, 2021.
There are mountains at a distance of maximum 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the city. Mountains are considered to have an elevation of at least 1,000 m (3,300 ft). Source: Wikipedia, 2021; city's official website, 2021.
Source: Wikipedia, 2021; WMO, 2021.
Source: city's official website, 2021.
8.has river/s
Source: Wikipedia, 2021; city's official website, 2021.


With more large sports facilities (20,000+ seats), a city is able to organize more important sporting events. Source: worldstadiums.com, 2021.
It indicates that the city is an important religious center. Source: Wikipedia, 2021.
Having a well-known soccer team playing in a country's first division demonstrates the city's interest in sports and attracts visitors to matches.
Source: Wikipedia, 2021
Source: Wikipedia, 2021.
Source: Wikipedia, 2021; city's official website, 2021.


Cost of the monthly public transport ticket indicates affordability of public transportation for an average inhabitant. Source: Wikipedia, 2021; city's public transport website, 2021.
A bike-sharing system makes a city more eco-friendly, shows the city’s pro cycling attitude, and provides new touristic opportunities. Source: Wikipedia, 2021.
A cheaper single ticket will allow you to move through the city for less money. Whether you are a visitor or a resident, it will help your economy. Source: Official city's public transport website, 2021.
The presence and number of airports shows how good is connection of city with different international destinations and its international accessibility. Source: Wikipedia, 2021.
The subway rate or number of kilometers of subway per number of inhabitants indicates how well developed the subway network is. Source: Wikipedia, 2021.
The Commuter Pain Index is comprised of 10 issues: 1) commuting time, 2) time stuck in traffic, agreement that: 3) price of gas is already too high, 4) traffic has gotten worse, 5) start-­‐stop traffic is a problem, 6) driving causes stress, 7) driving causes anger, 8) traffic affects work, 9) traffic so bad driving stopped, and 10) decided not to make trip due to traffic. Source: IBM, 2021.
More bike paths gives more opportunities for cyclist, makes a city more eco friendly and helps to reduce traffic jams. Source: Wikipedia, 2021.

General info

In general, cities with possibility of drinking alcohol in public places have more thriving nightlife. It's easier to organize parties in public places. Source: Wikipedia, 2021; city's official website, 2021.
Number of billionaires can indicate if the city has significant agglomerations of personal wealth. Source: Forbes, 2021.
The Global Cities Index is unique in that it measures global engagement of cities across five dimensions: business activity, human capital, information exchange, cultural experience and political engagement. Source: ATKearney, 2021.
It can be nice to live in big cities or countries, as a larger space may offer more options for residents and visitors.
A think tank (or policy institute) is an organization that conducts research and engages in advocacy in areas such as social policy, political strategy, economics, military, technology issues and in the creative and cultural field. The number of important think tanks can indicate innovativeness and competitiveness of a city. Source: Brookings, 2021.
Cities with stock exchanges are usually important financial centers influencing international or national’s financial markets. Source: Wikipedia, 2021.
Sister cities or twin towns are a form of law agreement made between towns, cities or regions in politically distinct areas to promote cultural and commercial ties. It might mean more possibilities outside your city, a greater multiculturalism and a wider range of options.
National capital status indicates that a city is of great importance for political and diplomatic matters. Source: Wikipedia, 2021.
More arrivals per year shows how important the city is viewed internationally, and may indicate better infrastructure, such as airports, public transport, hotels, etc. Tourism is usually a major source of income of a city. Source: World Tourism Organization, 2021.

Which are the best cities?

Show all
This page is currently only available in English.