Toronto Region Attractive Lifestyles fact sheet april 2010


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Toronto Region Attractive Lifestyles fact sheet april 2010

  1. 1. • Ranked #1 for Best Quality of Life by Foreign Direct Investment (2009) • North America’s 2nd best place to live (Mercer Quality of Living Survey, 2009) • Ranked #5 World’s for Liveability by Global Power City Index (2009) • One of the most diverse regions in the world: • 42% of the regional population was born outside Canada • Over 100 languages and dialects spoken • Ranked 4th for culture and creativity according to economist Richard Florida • Ranked #4 Best City to Experience Culture, behind London, Paris and New York (Global Cities Index, 2008) • Many different residential choices from downtown to suburban to small town to rural • Known for its safe communities with considerably lower crime rates than major US cities • The most cost-efficient and 2nd highest volume public transit service in North America ATTRACTIVE LIFESTYLES • Venue for strong public services, schools, transit systems and health care • Located in the safest country in the G7 Top North American Cities for Quality of Life THE TORONTO REGION IS … Vancouver 107.4 Toronto 105.3 Ottawa 105 Montreal 104.2 Calgary 103.5 Honolulu, HI 103.1 San Francisco, CA 103 Boston, MA 102.2 Portland, OR 100.6 Washington, DC 100.3 Chicago, IL 100.3 New York City, NY 100 Seattle, WA 99.8 HOW WE RANK… Base City: New York, US = 100 Source: Mercer, 2009 April 2010 © Toronto Region Research Alliance
  2. 2. Based on the percentage of foreign Mark Lievonen, President, sanofi pasteur Canada born population in regions with more than one million people 8.8 “The Toronto Region and Ontario 8.5 Rank Foreign born % 8.4 environment, has been very conducive for us: access to people for clinical 1 Vancouver 41.8% trials, world-class regulatory system, 7.6 7.5 2 Toronto Region 41.6% good infrastructure, skilled people, and 3 Miami 37.0% a great place to live...We bring people 4 San Jose 35.9% 6.7 from all over the world to work here. 5 Los Angeles 34.2% Once we set them up, they like it very much.” 6 San Francisco 29.6% 7 New York 28.2% 5.3 8 Calgary 25.1% 9 San Diego 23.3% ny . . y a da an Jap erma U.S France U.K Ital Can 10 Riverside 22.3% G TOP REGION FOR DIVERSITY A SAFE PLACE TO LIVE Source: Think Canada 2010 Sources: US Census Bureau-American Contact the Toronto Region Research Alliance at 416-673-6670 or visit