Toronto

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Quality of life in Toronto

Toronto is a multicultural city in every sense of the word. Nearly half of its population are immigrants from virtually every corner of the globe. The city is internationally known as a center of finance and business as well as the film and television industry. However, there are still plenty of ways to unwind, be it hiking in the nature with breathtaking views or immersing in the local cultural scene.

Toronto is one of the top ten city matches for 36.9% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

6
197/263
Details
Large apartment$1604.16
Medium apartment$1341.53
Rent index [score]0.58
Small apartment$1078.90

Cost of Living

5
127/261
Details
5km taxi ride$8.50
A Cappuccino$2.90
A beer$2.10
A kilogram of Apples$3.10
Bread$1.30
Inflation [score]0.54
Lunch$13.00
Monthly fitness club membership$48.00
Monthly public transport$110.00
Movie ticket$9.50
Price of a meal at a restaurant$67.26

Startups

10
7/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups92
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.97
Coworking spaces [score]0.90
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co26
Meetups [score]0.94
Meetups groups200
Meetups members199363
Number of investors483
Number of startup events in the last 12 months3756
Number of upcoming meetup events164
Startup climate scene [score]0.83
Startup events336
Startup events415
Startup events [score]0.99
Startups [score]0.99
Total number of startups1743

Venture Capital

9
12/227
Details
Funding accelerator namesCommunitech Hyperdrive, Jolt, Extreme Startups
Number of funding accelerators4
Venture capital [score]0.89

Travel Connectivity

4
82/260
Details
Airport hub148
Airport hub [score]0.65
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.22

Commute

4
207/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Canada/Toronto
Traffic handling [score]0.43

Business Freedom

9
47/259
Details
Business freedom81.80
Business freedom [score]0.80
Freedom from corruption81.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.89
Lack of labor restrictions72.60
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.67
Time to open a business1.50
Time to open a business [score]1.00

Safety

8
94/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.71
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year2
Guns per 100 residents31
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.95
Lack of guns [score]0.86
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.90

Healthcare

8
88/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.65
Healthcare quality [score]0.75
Life expectancy (years)82.17
Life expectancy [score]0.93

Education

7
14/230
Details
Best university in rankingUniversity of Toronto
Best university ranking22
Country mean scores in PISA math test515.43
Country mean scores in PISA reading test523.12
Country mean scores in PISA science test525.44
PISA math ranking (high school)9
PISA ranking8
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.93
PISA reading (high school)7
PISA science (high school)10
Percent of happy students0.79
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.14
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.11
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.10
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.16
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.13
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.11
University quality [score]0.54

Environmental Quality

7
133/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.68
Cleanliness [score]0.61
Drinking water quality [score]0.74
Urban greenery [score]0.61

Economy

6
91/258
Details
Currency for urban areaCAD
GDP growth rate0.03
GDP growth rate [score]0.45
GDP per capita$44843.44
GDP per capita [score]0.71

Taxation

7
20/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.96
Income tax level [score]0.51
Profit tax (% of profit)0.21
Time overhead to file company taxes131
VAT (Sales Tax)0.05

Internet Access

5
151/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)24.98
Internet access (download) [score]0.53
Internet access (upload) [score]0.44
Upload speed (Mbps)9.69

Leisure & Culture

8
37/263
Details
Art galleries177
Art galleries [score]0.85
Cinemas158
Cinemas [score]0.78
Comedy clubs80
Comedy clubs [score]0.89
Concert venues214
Concerts [score]0.84
Historical sites95
Historical sites [score]0.88
Museums109
Museums [score]0.69
Performing art venues272
Performing arts [score]0.90
Sport venues91
Sports [score]0.87
Zoos35
Zoos [score]0.85

Tolerance

6
127/264
Details
Homosexuality acceptance (percent of the surveyed population in favor)0.80
LGBT Equality Index82.02
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.84
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✖ Unequal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (5-year deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsVaries by Region
LGBT discrimination legalityIllegal in some contexts
LGBT employment discrimination legalitySexual orientation only
LGBT gender changing rightsVaries by Region
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legalityVaries by Region
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.41

Outdoors

6
54/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.26
Median peak in meters543.50
Seaside waterbody1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)76.00
Water access [score]0.88
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Toronto are in the 127th place of all 261 Teleport cities. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$1,157$1,526
$1342
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$48
Movie ticket$10
Broadband internet connection$41
Monthly public transport$110
Lunch$13
-30%
compared to
San Francisco
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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$56,780
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

30.80
Guns per 100 people
1.97
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Toronto in position 88 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Embassies

Consulate General of Afghanistan in Toronto, Canada

477 Richmond Street. West, West, Suite 901, Toronto, ON M5V , Canada

Phone: (416) 385-1033

Embassy of Canada in Kabul, Afghanistan

Street No. 15,, House No. 256, Wazir Akbar Khan

Phone: (011 93 (0) 799) 742-800

Startup Visa

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Climate

Average day length (hours)

12.7

Climate type

Warm Summer Continental

Average daily maximum temperature

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Impressions from Toronto

3:52 Planet Toronto

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On living in Toronto

Toronto is the most populous city in Canada and the provincial capital of Ontario. It is located on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. Toronto, with a population of 2.6 million, is at the heart of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) which contains 6.2 million people. The city is the anchor of the Golden Horseshoe region, which wraps around Lake Ontario from Toronto to Niagara Falls and totals over 8.5 million residents, approximately a quarter of Canada's entire population. Toronto is the fourth largest city and fifth largest urban agglomeration in North America.

Spawned out of post-glacial alluvial deposits and bluffs, the area was populated at different times by Iroquois and later Wyandot (Huron) peoples. The settlement by Europeans started with the French building a seldom occupied fort near today's Exhibition grounds in the mid-1700s, then grew out of a backwoods English trading post established as York in 1793 (reverting to the current name Toronto in 1834). Later in the 19th century, it grew to become the cultural and economic focus of Canada. Owing largely to the country's liberal immigration policies starting in the 1960s, and the region's strong economy, Toronto has, in recent decades, been transformed into one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse cities in the world. More than 80 ethnic communities are represented, and over half of the city's residents were born outside Canada.

When Metropolitan Toronto was amalgamated in 1998, its six former municipalities became one new "mega-city". Toronto is made up of varied and unique neighbourhoods. Covering more than 600 square kilometres, Toronto stretches some 32 kilometres along the shores of Lake Ontario. The city is laid out on a very straightforward grid pattern and streets rarely deviate from the grid, except in cases where topography interferes such as the indented, curved Don River Valley and to a lesser degree the Humber and Rouge valleys at opposite ends of the city. Some main thoroughfares intersect the grid at angles. For travel purposes, we have divided Toronto into twelve districts:

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