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Toronto has been named Youthful City of the Year 2014 in the first-ever YouthfulCities Index, narrowly edging out Berlin and New York City. In Toronto's favour: its high diversity, digital connectivity, living standards, nightlife and vibrant film and music scenes.
The ranking comes from a new social venture called YouthfulCities, which gathers youth from 25 large urban centres in an effort to help improve the places they're from. “More than half of the world’s population is under 30 and more than half live in cities," YouthfulCities co-founder Robert Barnard said in a press release. "It’s clear that cities will shape our world. And it is clear that the cities that will thrive and prosper are those that are able to attract and empower young people."
The rankings pulled together 25 cities from around the world, with five major metropolitan regions selected from each of Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, English-speaking North America (which might explain why Toronto was the only Canadian city on the list). The cities were then evaluated on 80 different indicators spanning 16 categories, like civic participation, youth employment and access to education. The categories themselves were chosen via a global survey asking approximately 2,000 15-to-29-year-olds from around the world what was most important to them in a city.
Although Toronto scored in the top five in nine of the 16 categories, it still has a ways to go in a couple others — the city landed 18th in safety and mental health and 23rd in civic participation.
Here's the full list:
- New York City
- Los Angeles
- Buenos Aires
- Mexico City
- Sao Paulo
For more on the Index, check out the YouthfulCities website.
Via The Independent