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Toronto the Miserable? Not so Much.

By November 29, 2010

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If you visited Yahoo.ca this weekend, you may have noticed a prominent article about the most miserable city in Canada. And if you clicked through, well, then you already know that we were the lucky "winners" of this distinction.

"Toronto the most miserable city in Canada: study" deals with a report by the Canadian Centre for the Study of Living Standards that rated the happiness of Canadians across the country. And while it's true that Toronto came in last among the city rankings, the scale was out of five, and Toronto came in at 4.15. The city with the highest ranking was Sherbrooke, Quebec with a 4.37.

That sounds like a far cry from "miserable" to me. Toronto Life took the same kind of slant with an article calling Toronto the saddest place in Canada. But in a more upbeat take on the report, The Ottawa Citizen called all Canadians "a stubbornly happy bunch". The article "Happy days are always here for Canadians" goes on to point out that, among those surveyed, "92.1 per cent of Canadians over age 12 considered themselves satisfied or very satisfied with their lives".

So while we may not be the happiest people in the whole country, Torontonians still rank as a fairly contented bunch when it comes to the big picture of our lives. But this all makes me wonder - in most cases, does living in Toronto help with overall happiness, or are we managing to be satisfied even though we live in Toronto?

Use the poll to weigh in on how happy you are to be living in Toronto. You can also use the link below to share the reasons why you're living in the city, for better or for worse!


December 2, 2010 at 9:04 pm
(1) Sherman says:

It was a pointless article by Yahoo. There is no way to just happiness or misery. The people that conducted the survey and wrote the article have way too much time on their hands.

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