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No grey hairs here: Toronto just topped a new index measuring the world’s most youthful cities. Berlin, New York City, Dallas, and Paris followed in the first-ever Youthful Cities Index which measures how attractive a city is to the 15-29 year old set.

Altogether, the final data used for the ranking is based on 2,000 data points covering 80 indicators in each of the 25 cities The indicators are grouped into 16 categories that are meant to quantify, on a global scale, which cities are the most appealing to young folks, looking into issues such as employment and entrepreneurial opportunities, digital access, food and nightlife, financial access and more.

The top ranking metros all came quite close to each other, with Toronto earning a score of 843.85, Berlin achieving 836.44 and New York taking 831.98. Though Toronto only won one category overall (Diversity), the city finished in the top five of nine of the categories including Digital Access, Food and Nightlife  and Youth Employment. Where did the city falter? Toronto finished 18th overall in Safety and Mental Health and 23rd for Civic Participation.

Now that the inaugural ranking is out, the index plans to expand the survey’s reach to 10,000 people in its second year.

The Toronto-based social venture is focusing on youth since 50 per cent of the world’s population is under 30 year old and 50 per cent of the global population calls urban areas home.

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