Toronto is having a bit of a moment right now.
The Raptors just eliminated the Miami Heat, for one. And Drake just dropped his new album Views, which is basically a love-letter to the city. But now The Six, as it is sometimes affectionately called, has something new to celebrate.
Pretty recently you may have heard that Sadiq Khan, the newly-elected mayor of London, U.K., said that his city is the most diverse in the world. Surely, any Canadian who heard would’ve known that such a claim is disputable, especially since Canada and diversity practically go hand-in-hand. That’s why–surprise, surprise– an expert with the BBC is now saying that Khan may have jumped the gun.
According to an analysis done by the broadcaster, Toronto is actually the most diverse city in the world. Meaning, much to the dread of Canadians everywhere else, the ol’ T-Dot can now reasonably justify its title of “centre of the universe.”
Part of the reason for the confusion around diversity rankings is because there are many ways to judge it. One approach, for example, is to simply determine what percentage of the population was born in another country. But that approach can favour cities like Dubai, U.A.E. And while 83 per cent of its population hails from outside of U.A.E’s borders, the number of countries those people are coming from is quite low. Meaning the city is not really as “diverse” as those statistics make it appear.
When you look at Toronto, however, only 51 per cent of residents come from another nation, but those people are coming from a whopping 230 different countries. Meaning there is basically a little piece of almost every part of the world tucked right into Toronto’s fabric.
And that, friends, is how you measure diversity.
The second most diverse city in the world, according to the BBC, is Brussels, followed by a toss up between London, Auckland and Los Angeles. While these results don’t come from any major study, we’re still happy to get the recognition. Because residents can now wear their “centre of the universe” badges with pride.
…Although we wouldn’t recommend that unless you’re in Toronto.