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October 31, 2010

It is Halloween!! Chances are you do not have time to move to a different city to improve your candy-hunting experience, but there is a good chance that you already live in one of the best Trick-Or-Treating cities.

Thanks to Richard Florida for determining the best cities to Trick or Treat in, based on his “Trick-or-Treat Index”.

The Trick-or-Treater Index is based on the following four criteria:
1. A good place for trick-or-treating needs lots of kids, so it uses the percentage of children aged 5 to 14.

2. The haul is likely to be better where people have more money, so it looks at the median household income.

3. It’s easier to canvass neighborhoods that are walkable so it measures the share of people who walk to work—and also those that have a greater density of population.

4. The most over-the-top costumes and celebrations often occur in artistic neighborhoods, so it includes the fraction of artists, designers, and “other cultural creatives”.

What is even more interesting, is the Trick-or-Treat Index seems to be a good measure of “community life”, so congratulations to the top cities for being amazing places to live!

Check out the top 20 below:

1. Toronto
2. Ottawa–Gatineau and Guelph (tie)
4. Victoria
5. Vancouver
6. Kitchener
7. Calgary
8. Oshawa
9. Montreal
10. Hamilton
11. Edmonton
12. Halifax
13. Barrie
14. London
15. Windsor
16. Regina
17. Winnipeg
18. Kingston
19. Saskatoon
20. Quebec and Peterborough (tie)

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