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Toronto website gives deep look at neighbourhood statistics

The City of Toronto's mapping website on June 29, 2011.

Want to know what neighbourhood has the highest graduation rates, the most trees or the greatest number of car accidents?

The answers are now a click away with a new hub on the city website. Wellbeing Toronto lets users map an array of services and demographic information and compare the results across 140 neighbourhoods. Users can see basic information about a neighbourhood, such as average family income, education level and age of population by sliding their cursor over an interactive city map. They also can delve deeper to plot services such as daycare centres, transit stops, and even convenience stores and supermarkets in a specific area and see how they stack up with other parts of the city.

The application draws together data from a number of sources, including Statistics Canada and local school boards, as well as the city's own records. Developers expect to add to the 120 measures now included on the test version and to update them annually.

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"What we are trying to do is ensure there is a common fact base available to the public to look at what is happening in neighbourhoods across the city," said Chris Brillinger, the city's executive director of social development, finance and administration.

The new map is available at You can follow the conversation about the new site on Twitter with the hashtag #WBTor.

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