The safest neighbourhoods in the city are the ones that no one notices—the areas with modest wealth, low population density and limited entertainment options. That means the downtown core is a magnet for assaults, and upper-middle-class ’hoods attract a large number of break-and-enters.

The most dangerous neighbourhood is…

The sprawling downtown catch-all includes not only the densely packed condoland south of the Gardiner, but the boozy circus that is the King West entertainment district. The result: a staggering number of violent crimes and arsons.

The safest neighbourhood is Humber

The residential pocket, just south of Lawrence and Royal York, ranked low for every type of crime, with only 41 assaults, eight car thefts and zero murders in 2011. It’s immune to the high crime counts in surrounding ’hoods like Weston and Willowridge.


The number of break and enters in Bedford Park

The stately uptown ’hood, just south of Lawrence and Avenue, had the most break-and-enters of anywhere in the city. The runner-up: Islington, with 207.

The most violent crime occurs in…

The most property crime occurs in…

The Annex, which had 573 crimes in 2011, is six times as dangerous as Casa Loma next door, which only had 89.

East vs. West

The most dangerous neighbourhood east of the DVP is Woburn, with 733 incidents in 2011. The most crime-ridden ’hood west of Bathurst is Downsview, with a total of 860.

Downtown vs. Suburbs

The most dangerous neighbourhood downtown (or anywhere) is the Waterfront, with 1,135 incidents. In North York, the winner is Don Valley Village, with 456 reported crimes.

The least property crime occurs in Woodbine-Lumsden,

with only 31 reported incidents in 2011. Other safe bets: Lambton Baby-Point (41), Caledonia-Fairbank (43) and Humewood-Cedarvale (44)

The least violent crime occurs in Forest Hill South,

with only 20 reported incidents in 2011. Other safe bets: Bridle Path (26), Lambton-Baby Point (30) and Yonge-St. Clair (32).


The number of assaults reported in Waterfront

in 2011. That’s more than twice as many as anywhere else in the city.

Edited by Emily Landau. Designed by Brennan Higginbotham and Matthew Warland. Research by Richard Florida, Vass Bednar, Isabel Ritchie and Greg Spencer at the Martin Prosperity Institute. Interactive by Tim Burden and Jennifer Abela-Froese. Illustration by Chloe Cushman. Additional reporting by Simon Bredin, Rebecca Philps and Reanna Sartoretto.