As with any city, the more of Toronto you see the less you’re able to sum it up into easy quips and quick stats.
But here are two: It’s 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. Of its population of nearly 6.5 million, about 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?
Toronto 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.
Although about 33 percent of Torontonians claim Christianity as their religion, the evangelical presence in the area is a little better than 3 percent. There is only one Canadian National Baptist church for every 113,284 people.
Add to this a growing immigrant population bringing 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 in which you eat and each ministry opportunity that brings you face-to-face with a city full of stories and needs.
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