Well, 2019 is turning out to be another banner year for Toronto, with more accolades piling up. The Economist Intelligent Unit’s 2019 Safe Cities Index recently ranked Toronto as the 6th Safest City in the World. Sponsored by NEC Corporation and subtitled “Urban security and resilience in an interconnected world,” the index ranks 60 cities across 57 indicators that cover security in the categories of digital, health, infrastructure and personal. Toronto was the only Canadian city, and one of only two North American cities ranked in the top 10.
The Economist team conducts in-depth research to compile this list each year. By “urban resilience,” the report measures the ability of cities to handle and bounce back from disasters and other shocks. The genesis of this thinking is that as of now, 56 per cent of the earth’s population live in cities, and that by 2050, that number will rise to 68 per cent. The result is that urban management plays, and will continue to play, a key role in the quality of life of most of our population.
Certainly, Toronto’s relative safety compared to the rest of the world attracts immigrants who appreciate the already high quality of life we enjoy. Many, if not most, of these newcomers choose new condominiums for their homes of choice. To find out more about The Economist survey, visit https://safecities.economist.com/safe-cities-index-2019/