Toronto is multicultural. Our neighbourhoods aren’t. The average ’hood has about 42 per cent people of colour, but many of those groups are homogeneous: Chinese, black or South Asian Torontonians make up as much as 40 per cent in some areas. We also looked at family breakdowns, and discovered that most couples with kids live uptown, while the west end is the singles capital of Toronto.

The most families live in

Bridle Path


Forest Hill South


Kingsway South


Rosedale-Moore Park


Lawrence Park South


The most singles live in

Black Creek






Glenfield-Jane Heights


Mount Dennis


of Toronto’s Chinese population lives in three adjacent Scarborough neighbourhoods: Steeles, Milliken and Agincourt North. That works out to some 46,000 Chinese-Canadians.

East vs. West

The average east-end ’hood has about 52 per cent people of colour, compared with just 38 per cent west of Bathurst. The numbers are more even for recent immigrants: the east end averages 10 per cent, the west eight per cent.

Downtown vs. Suburbs

Per capita, downtown ’hoods are whiter than those in North York, with an average of 47 per cent people of colour versus 56 north of the 401. The north also has more recent immigrants, averaging 16 per cent in each ’hood compared with eight downtown.

The most childless couples live in

The most diverse neighbourhoods in the city are

The highest percentage of men live in

Moss Park


The highest percentage of women live in



The biggest families live in Thorncliffe Park

The cluster of towers south of Laird and Eglinton is one of the densest chunks of the city, with more than 6,000 people per square kilometre. That’s because its residents have a lot of kids: children under 14 make up 26 per cent of the population, and 23 per cent of families have three or more offspring. (Regent Park is the runner-up with 21.7 per cent.)

You’re most likely to find single parents in Black Creek, where 41 per cent of families fall into that category. Single moms account for 36 per cent, dads for five per cent.

The whitest neighbourhood in the city is Kingsway South


The best ’hoods in the city are among the least diverse

The top 10 neighbourhoods in the city all have one glaring downside: they perform terribly on diversity, achieving an average of 26 out of 100 in the MPI’s scoring. The winner, if you can call it that, is Casa Loma, which scored a relatively respectable 51, with decent diversity and income equality. The worst offender: Cabbagetown, which scored 1.4 out of 100 on those counts.

The most divorcees live in New Toronto and Mimico



Number of residents over age 85 in Englemount-Lawrence, the neighbourhood in the city where the most elderly people live.

Where people settle

East Asians

Most likely to settle in Steeles
Least likely to settle in the Bridle Path and Rexdale-Kipling

Middle Easterners

Most likely to settle in Don Valley Village
Least likely to settle in Riverdale and the Junction


Most likely to settle in Elms-Old Rexdale
Least likely to settle in University and Lawrence Park


Most likely to settle in Westminster-Branson
Least likely to settle in Milliken

South Americans

Most likely to settle in Mount Dennis
Least likely to settle in Leaside and the Kingsway

South Asians

Most likely to settle in Thorncliffe Park
Least likely to settle in the Beach and Yonge-Eglinton

Southeast Asians

Most likely to settle in Ionview
Least likely to settle in High Park and Yonge-St. Clair

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.