Toronto is the world’s best city to live in, according to research looking at a range of factors including safety, cost of living and liveability.
The Economist Intelligence Unit also used Democracy and Global Food Security indexes when ranking 36 major cities. Of these only one was in the UK, London. By comparison, a total of five cities were in the US.
Toronto falls within the top ten safest cities at number eight, but Tokyo tops that particular chart. Even though it is home to 30 million people and is one of the biggest cities in the word, the Japanese capital sees very little crime and violence.
With a traditionally well-ordered, hierarchical society, Japan as a nation has one of the lowest murder rates in the world, and the use of drugs is minimal, presumably adding to the safety of Tokyo’s streets. Another Japanese city, Osaka, was ranked third safest city in the world.
Toronto was only placed outside of the top ten in one category: cost of living. Unsurprisingly, London scored poorly in this too, coming around halfway down, alongside South Korea’s capital, Seoul.
Melbourne came top in the liveability ranking, and Hong Kong was one of five to score highest in Food Security. Abu Dhabi, Doha and Kuwait City received a mysterious “NA” in this category.