City of opportunity: Toronto ranks #2 in the world

Toronto ranks as the second-best city in the world for business, life and innovation, a new report claims.

The report by PriceWaterhouseCoopers and the Partnership for New York City looked at 26 of the world's top cities, identifying greatness in terms of growing, retaining and attracting talent.

Beat out for the top spot by New York City — and followed closely by surprise contender San Francisco — Toronto stood out among the world's "metro powerhouses" in areas of business opportunities, culture, livability and innovation. The study named Toronto a "beta" city, not yet "part of the conversation with London, Paris and New York," but with the "building blocks of a superlative international city."

The Ontario capital's "smart immigration policies" helped set it apart from the competition.

The only Canadian city to make the list, Toronto was ranked #1 in quality of living, clean air, business-trip index, skyscraper construction, and sports and leisure. The city was #2 in the area of entrepreneurial environment. The main criticism of the city came from its cost of public transportation.

The 26 most successful cities, from best to "still great but not the best":

  1. New York City

  2. Toronto

  3. San Francisco

  4. Stockholm

  5. Sydney

  6. London

  7. Chicago

  8. Paris

  9. Singapore

  10. Hong Kong

  11. Houston

  12. Los Angeles

  13. Berlin

  14. Tokyo

  15. Madrid

  16. Seoul

  17. Beijing

  18. Abu Dhabi

  19. Shanghai

  20. Mexico City

  21. Moscow

  22. Santiago

  23. Istanbul

  24. Sao Paulo

  25. Johannesburg

  26. Mumbai

Read about each city's ranking over at The Atlantic.