HIGHRISES IN THE TORONTO CMA
A highrise is defined by Emporis as a building 35 meters or greater in height, which is divided at regular intervals into occupiable levels. This would generally include most tall commercial and residential structures, and counts of said structures can be used as a rough measure of the density of an urban area. The following table compares total numbers of completed highrises as of December 1st 2005, People Per Highrise (PPH), and annual growth rates (coming 2006) within the Toronto Census Metropolitan Area, based on Emporis building and population data. (click column headers to sort data)

AreaHighrisesPPHGrowth Rate
Toronto 1644 01509.4 0
Peel Region 0264 03746.0 0
York Region 0054 13504.7 0
Halton Region* 0030 07479.8 0
Pickering-Ajax-Uxbridge 0016 11141.8 0
Orangeville-Mono 0000 0 0

*excluding the city of Burlington (component of Hamilton CMA)

CANADIAN COMPARISON: CITY VS CMA HIGHRISES
The following table compares highrise statistics in Canada's 6 largest CMAs, broken down between city and CMA results, based on Emporis building and population data as of December 1st 2005.

CMACity HighrisesPPHCMA HighrisesPPH
Toronto 1644 1509.4 2008 2332.1
Montreal 0413 4389.2 0465 7686.1
Vancouver 0533 1094.4 0800 2721.5
Ottawa 0280 2764.5 0300 3773.9
Calgary 0214 4471.9 0214 4750.5
Edmonton 0230 3097.4 0230 4409.1


INTERNATIONAL COMPARISON: CITY VS CMA HIGHRISES
The following table compares highrise statistics in the City of Toronto with those of selected primary and similarly sized cities in North America and abroad - based on Emporis building and population data as of December 1st 2005.

AreaHighrisesPPHGrowth Rate
Toronto 1644 1509.4 0
New York 5473 1492.5 0
Los Angeles 0457 8414.8 0
Chicago 1048 2731.1 0
Houston 0330 6098.9 0
Philadelphia 0335 4388.5 0
London 1303 5540.2 0
Hong Kong 7507 0904.1 0
Sydney* 0825 5092.7 0

*refers to the, more-or-less, central metropolitan area as opposed to the city proper

Emporis December 2005