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15. Toronto, Canada

Toronto is one of only three Canadian and North American cities to make the list of the world’s top 15 places with the best quality of life.

Canada’s largest city is the fifth most populous city in North America. The cosmopolitan hub, which consistently rates among the world’s most livable cities, has been a popular destination for immigrants over the past few decades. Half of Toronto’s racially diverse population was born outside of Canada, compared with about 28 percent in global centers such as New York and London. About 30 percent of its residents speak a language other than Canada’s national languages, English, or French at home. The city is also Canada’s economic center, and home to the world’s seventh largest stock exchange by market capitalization. Its economy makes up almost a fifth of Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP).

Another key factor behind Toronto’s high ranking is the personal safety of its residents. Toronto is among five Canadian cities that dominate North America’s personal safety ranking. Tied with Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, and Calgary, Toronto is considered the 17th safest place in the world, more than 35 times safer than its closest American counterparts Chicago, Honolulu, Houston and San Francisco, according to the Mercer report.

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