Toronto is known, the world over, as a haven for multiculturalism, a true ethnic and social melting pot. The city is often called the most ethnically diverse city in the world. While this remains a source of identification for the city, the face of this multiculturalism has visibly changed over the past ten years. As the largest city in Canada, both in size as well as in population, Toronto has developed into one of the premier, modern cities in the world. Its sprawling metropolitan make up continues to grow, each year incorporating more geographic space and an ever increasing number of inhabitants, which currently top out at around 2.5 million people. The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is often considered as part of the metropolitan region of Toronto.
[...] When assessing all of these factors, a generalization cannot be made as to whether the collective changes in the past ten years have been positive or negative. As with any major city, Toronto maintains fragments of its history, as it also adapts along with its population and socio-economic composition. Change has come, but some constants remain. Toronto continues to be an ethnically, socially and economic mix. The cost of living is the highest in all of Canada, but it was also rated by the Economist as one of the most livable cities in the world. Toronto, thus, remains complex. [...]
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[...] Similarly, in the last ten years Tamil has overtaken Spanish and Italian as the second largest foreign language spoken in Toronto households. As is true for most population statistics, the numbers cannot tell the full story. Violent crime has been on the decrease since 1991 when the crime rate was the highest in the city's history, yet the homicide rate in Toronto has gone up. Overall, and especially when considering it's massive population, Toronto has a relatively low crime rate. [...]
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