Toronto Overview

As with any city, the more of Toronto you see the less you are able to sum it up into easy quips and quick stats.

However here are two: It is where a fifth of the nation’s population lives and where you find its greatest diversity.

It is among the most ethnically diverse cities on earth, topping Miami, Los Angeles and New York City. A city with 6 million people, one third of it (2.3 Million) are foreign-born.

How often do Southern Baptists think of Toronto in these ways? How often do Americans think of Toronto at all?

Nevertheless, it is  exceedingly drivable from most anywhere in the states and, from its suburbs to its urban core, provides an international immersion without the loss of comfortable western amenities.

While about 33 percent of Torontonians claim Christianity as their religion, the evangelical presence in the area is a little over 3%. There is only one Canadian National Baptist church for every 167,000 people in toronto.

Add to this a growing immigrant population bringing with it a growth in Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism and other world religions. Toronto has one of the world’s highest Jewish populations as well.

About 410,000 Torontonians speak a Chinese language such as Mandarin or Cantonese. More than 100,000 speak Filipino; 56,000 speak Arabic. In total, more than 2 million Torontonians report that they primarily speak a language other than the official languages of English and French.

Statistics are like skylines. They give you a glimpse of a city that only grows more diverse and complex with each community you visit, each home you eat in and each ministry opportunity that brings you face to face with a city full of stories and needs.

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Population in Toronto
6 million people live in the metro Toronto area.


CNBC Church-Population Ratio

CNBC Church-Population Ratio
There is one Canadian National Baptist Convention church for every 167,000 metro Toronto residents.