We diagnosed the economic health of all the neighbourhoods in Toronto by measuring their employment stats and the number of local businesses per capita. Uptowners are the richest, with an average income of $160,056, and downtown remains the financial kingpin—it’s responsible for 51 per cent of the city’s GDP.

The best neighbourhoods to work in are


  • 2.5% overall unemployment
  • 0.07 businesses per capita
  • 2 jobs for every resident


  • 2% overall unemployment
  • 0.06 businesses per capita
  • 1.4 jobs for every resident

The worst neighbourhoods to work in are

Lambton Baby Point

  • 5.6% overall unemployment
  • 0.01 businesses per capita
  • 1 job for every 18 residents

Pleasant View

  • 4.7% overall unemployment
  • 0.01 businesses per capita
  • 1 job for every 13 residents

The richest neighbourhoods are

(Average family income)

The most people live beyond their means in the Bay Street Corridor, where 52 per cent spend more than a third of their income on housing.

The poorest ’hood is

Regent Park


(Average family income)

Residents struggle financially, especially in a ’hood where 77 per cent of families have kids. The area also scores low for jobs, with 6.2 per cent overall unemployment.

There are


jobs in the Bay Street Corridor

The neighbourhood only accounts for 0.02 per cent of the city’s area and 0.7 per cent of the population, but holds 14 per cent of all the jobs in the city. The runner-up is Waterfront next door, which has 88,058 jobs and accounts for 7 per cent of Toronto employment.

East vs. West

People are slightly richer on the west side of the city, with an average family income of $70,964, compared with $65,145 in the east end.

Downtown vs. Suburbs

North wins for wealth: the average family above the 401 has a household income of $76,741—a good deal higher than the average of $67,444 south of Bloor.

Where the most jobs are

The highest percentage of low-income households are in

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.