Those who live in Toronto know that the city is a great place to call home. However, now the rest of the world is starting to agree. A new poll conducted by Resonance Consultancy, a Vancouver-based firm, recently ranked Toronto as the 17th best city in the world to live in. The survey, which ranked hundreds of cities, places six Canadian cities amongst its top spots.

17th place might not seem like much, but it does make Toronto the highest-ranking Canadian city in the study by a large margin.

To put in context just how great Toronto was, Vancouver was ranked 41st with Montreal, Calgary, Ottawa, and Edmonton, all dragging even further behind.

So, what makes Toronto so special?

Well, the fact that the Raptors became NBA Champions in 2019 definitely didn’t hurt its position.

However, factors like immigration and economic growth also came into play when deciding where the 6ix ranked globally.

High Park and the Evergreen Brick Works also helped give Toronto significant green space credit thanks to the former’s beautiful springtime cherry blossom displays.

According to Resonance, the poll uses a "unique methodology" that looks at reviews left on travel sites such as TripAdvisor, which it then combines with statistics and factors that represent what citizens and businesses look for in a city.

But, where did the GTA lose points?

Maybe Toronto’s bitterly cold winter months cost the city a few points, which is probably related to the fact that people tend to like to live places where the wind doesn’t hurt their face for three months.

Toronto is no stranger to global accolades. Amongst its other crowning achievements, the city was also recently ranked the 15th best in the world for hospitals.

Meanwhile, the University of Toronto was ranked the 18th best university in the world, a stunning achievement for the city’s reputation for higher learning. 

However, it doesn't stop there. Toronto was also ranked as the 13th best place in the world to be a student.

Not bad, not bad at all.


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