How different or similar is Toronto to New York City?

How different or similar is Toronto to New York City?

What a timely question. I live in Toronto and just returned from a few days in NYC.

I would say, as much as Torontonians would like to say otherwise, the two are more different than similar.

First of all, NYC is FAR bigger. Most people who visit NYC really only visit Manhattan (which is large enough), but if you study a map, you’ll see that Manhattan is really only a small fraction of NYC.

Other differences:

NYC’s architecture is far more impressive. Toronto’s a lovely city, but its streetscapes are made beautiful by the people who occupy it–the cafes and such. The architecture itself leaves much to be desired.

NYC is just…more. Toronto’s shopping is good, NYC’s is astounding. Its art galleries and museums are unimaginable in number. In Toronto, we have one large public gallery, one large public museum, both of which are excellent, but after that, forget it. NYC has numerous of both. And Toronto’s live theatre scene is really tiny by comparison.

How different or similar is Toronto to New York City?

Toronto is cleaner, but not by much. NYC has scrubbed up well these past 20 years.

Toronto’s subway is way under-developed. (That is supposed to change in the next 10 years if politicians can stop fighting about it.) But Toronto’s subway is certainly far, far cleaner. There isn’t that “ick, just don’t touch anything” feeling.

Toronto is far quieter. If there is one thing I dislike in NYC, it’s that there’s nowhere to catch a moment of calm. Everything is loud and crowded. Conversations in public places are really only had by shouting at least a bit.

(You don’t even notice it, but monitor yourself while there and you’ll realize that the voice in which you speak is a shout, anywhere else in the world.) The one exception is the public library. I find myself ducking in sometimes, just to have 15 minutes of no one yelling.

Both cities are quite safe.

In terms of living there, Toronto is a nice city. I am very happy living here. But NYC is truly unique, like nowhere else in the world. It is simply, the biggest and best of everything–art, business, theatre, comedy, music, etc. Second, best need not apply; bring your A-game or don’t bother, you’ll be eaten alive.

How different or similar is Toronto to New York City
How different or similar is Toronto to New York City

How different or similar is Toronto to New York City?

The answer to this depends on what you are looking for:

I’m assuming your talking about the city, and I’m not sure how to completely answer your question I’ll just throw random observations out.

-Toronto is a lot cleaner than New York
-The TTC (public transit) although is fairly well developed in Toronto, is much much smaller than the scale of the NYC transportation
-Toronto has a lot more of an artistic/creativity feeling, probably due to the university campuses located in the heart of downtown Toronto as well as it’s major art schools OCAD, Ryerson, being located downtown.

-New York has much much more people who commute in and out of the city for work, due to the pressuring work-environment and drastic amount of competition in businesses and opportunities, most people don’t pay much attention to recycling, garbage etc.

How different or similar is Toronto to New York City?

-New York transit is much more efficient, but crowded – waiting for a subway at night will make you feel like a rat in the sewer
yo -New York is a much more open city. It is often described as the Jungle because anything can happen, there are abundant opportunities, but at the same time incredible risk.
-You’ll find a lot of street talent here, buskers, dancers, musicians etc

Both New York and Toronto are similar in the sense that their major cities, and important financial districts. They both have their monuments, such as Empire State, Lincoln Center, and CN tower and Rogers Center and the living costs is much higher than that of surrounding areas.

The only way you can understand it is if you visit both of these places yourself, and I guarantee you’ll be amazed, shocked, disgusted and content at some point during your trip.

How different or similar is Toronto to New York City?

Hope that helps!

(Reference: I go to school in Toronto, and I Intern in NY)


  • Both the largest cities in their respective countries.
  • Both the financial and tourist capitals of their countries
  • ya Both have a high cost of living
  • Both have a network of subways, trains, and buses serving their greater areas
  • Both are known for their skyscrapers (albeit, Toronto’s are limited to its Financial District; New York’s cover all of Manhattan)
  • Both are extremely multi-ethnic, although Toronto is more so (49% of its citizens were born somewhere else, compared to 36% of NYC’s)
  • Both are theatre capitals of the English-speaking world


  • While both TO and NYC are distinctively North American, Toronto has somewhat more of a European vibe to it. TO, with its sprawl and pubs on every street corner reminds me a bit of London, whereas NYC does not.
  • Very strong “Britishness” to the names of Toronto’s districts, neighbourhoods and streets
  • New York is brilliantly planned. If you’re in New York for a three-day weekend, get a hotel in Midtown Manhattan and nearly everything you’ll want to see, do and visit will be within walking distance. … Toronto is much more sprawled out and you’ll need to use the subway lots. (3 of TO’s biggest attractions: the CN Tower, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Ontario Science Centre and Casa Loma, are nowhere near each other)
  • New Yorkers are loud and in your face, but friendly; Torontonians are more polite than New Yorkers, but they are much more aloof and reserved.
  • New York has AMAZING pizza and the best Italian restaurants in North America; Toronto has quite possibly the worst pizza on the planet
  • A typical New York City watering hole is a place with a long bar and a baseball game on TV; a typical Toronto watering hole is a British/Irish-type pub with beer served in proper pints.

I have a prediction about answers to this question – Canadians will wax eloquent about the international, cultural, and energetic similarities of the two cities. Americans will ask “where’s Toronto?”

How different or similar is Toronto to New York City?

I’m a bit of a wild card myself. I was born in Canada but I’ve lived in New York for 15 years. With all due respect, there is no place like New York.

It’s the center of the world, full stop (and I’m not just talking about the United Nations). ya It’s much bigger than European “global cities” such as London, Paris, Berlin.

It’s much more heterogeneous than big cities in the rest of the world. Tokyo, São Paulo, and Mexico City have larger populations but a much smaller number of foreign born residents (i.e. almost all their residents are Japanese, Brazilian, and Mexican, respectively).

New York has 40% of foreign-born residents (including myself). The global city with the next highest proportion in London at about 20%. New York is in a class entirely by itself.

The best people in every field are driven to New York to compete there at the highest level and to network with others like them.

It’s the biggest media center, the biggest financial center, the biggest fashion center, marketing center, and economic center of the biggest market in the world. It’s an intense pressure cooker that crushes humanity together and creates diamonds.


Which is the nicer city: Toronto or New York?

A couple of years ago I went from Toronto to visit New York for a weekend with some buddies. I wrote up a comparison then and I’ll share it here.

Toronto vs. NYC.

That’s right, I’m comparing New York City against Toronto.

The Big Apple against the T.Dot.

NYC against T.O.

The 5 Boroughs against, uh..the 6 municipalities.

I could go on, but I would have to start making up more nicknames for Toronto and New York and if life has taught me anything, I shouldn’t be the one making up nicknames. Isn’t that right Weird Elbows Jonathan?

I spent this past weekend in NYC and had a fantastic time. Despite having done a fair bit of travelling around the world, I had somehow managed to skip NYC so I was really looking forward to visiting it.

Here is my completely unscientific comparison, followed by a considerably more data driven comparison.

Cost of Cabs

NYC is the big winner here. To be fair, pretty much anyplace in the world I have been beats Toronto when it comes to the cost of cabs. A $10 cab ride in NYC gets you pretty damn far. A $10 cab ride in Toronto gets you about a block from where you got in the cab.

Sports Teams

Toronto for the win. We went to the Blue Jays versus Yankees game on Saturday and had a great time, complete with good natured heckling of the Yankee fans near our group of Blue Jays fans. We managed to get on Sportsnet as well as some US stations, proving that everyone likes seeing 20 guys in Blue Jays jerseys cheering for their home team. Victory for the Blue Jays on Saturday and Sunday!


This one is a bit of tie. I think Manhattan likely wins for the sheer amount of scaffolding all over the place. Toronto has more new buildings going up compared to renovations on existing buildings.

Real Estate as a Topic of Conversation

Toronto wins big in this category. I had a half dozen great conversations about real estate that weekend, but they were all with people from Toronto. Interestingly enough, I saw very few real estate brokerages in our travels around the city.

I know there are a number (including Keller Williams NYC) but compared to Toronto, real estate seems to be less of a focus for our southern neighbors.

After this exhaustive comparison, it is clear that Toronto is the winner. You may ask why I didn’t include topics like restaurants, theatres, museums, public transit and so on. When you ask, I will not answer.

If you are interested in a more scientific approach, here is one that I found quite interesting.

How different or similar is Toronto to New York City?

There is a great website called Numbeo that compares the cost of living in different cities. Click on this link to see how the cost of living differs between the two cities.

The long and the short of it is that Toronto is a hell of a lot cheaper than New York. Consumer prices are about 15% cheaper in Toronto, rent is almost half as cheap here as NYC, restaurants are over 30% more expensive in NYC and so on.

On the real estate purchasing side, apartments in New York (in the city centre) are almost 70% more expensive than in Toronto. Outside the city centre, things become more comparable, with New York only about 7% higher than Toronto. Good news if you want to live in downtown Toronto!

How different or similar is Toronto to New York City
How different or similar is Toronto to New York City

How different or similar is Toronto to New York City?

Overall, it will cost you about $1635 more in New York to maintain the same standard of life there compared to in Toronto. I believe this is on a monthly basis but coincidently, it cost me about that much for a weekend.

There you go. Question asked, question sorta answered.

How does the climate of Chicago compare with that of Toronto?

Not a long answer as I’ve only visited Chicago in the winter, not lived there.

The first time I was in Chicago in the winter, the wind was screaming off the lake and it made footing tricky. I’ve never seen a storm like that in Toronto.

The second and last time I was there in the winter, it was cold, but clear. But it was cold and windy. Not storm windy, but erratically gusty. Toronto rarely gets such gusts.

Toronto gets flak from other cities here because it seems to live in a pocket of safety. Buffalo, Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit/Windsor, Montreal, Ottawa … any cities in any direction around us get harsher winters.

It will occasionally drop to -30 C, but that’s a two-day low that happened once every three or four years in the 13 years I’ve been here. -20 C we hit often, but it’s more like -15 C to -10 C.

We don’t get huge amounts of snow compared to other cities: 10 cm is noteworthy, and 20 cm is a big storm. Often there’s no snow on the sidewalks at all. We don’t get strong winds much from the lake, somehow.

I guess that’s because we’re west and north of the local main bodies of water, and the wind off the western Great Lakes flows north as it goes east. Every now and then, maybe once in five years, we get an ice storm, and that can be bad. However, generally the snow here doesn’t turn to ice, so the sidewalks aren’t deathtraps.

My impression? The winters in Chicago are ten times as bad as here.

Spring comes late to Toronto, as in late April, and almost immediately turns to summer. Again, we don’t get as hot as Chicago, I think. It mostly stays the high 20s (in C, not F), and we only infrequently hit 100 F (a bit above 30 C).

In August, sometimes July, we have a few days that hot, but it’s not usual and people complain. Summer is much shorter, but probably you’d call it a milder version of Chicago’s weather. (Oh, and we more seldom get torrential thunderstorms.) It’s not way cooler, but more moderate.

In reality, Toronto is more like somewhere between Chicago and Philadelphia, than resembling NYCNYC is its own league on this continent. It is larger than the sum of Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and a bunch of mid-sized Canadian cities. Keep in mind that metro NYC has 22M people, while entire Canada has 35M.

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