We're number 4! We're number 4!
Canadians are celebrating news from Statistics Canada that shows that Toronto has recently overtaken Chicago as North America’s 4th most populous city.
For years Toronto remained solidly 5th behind Mexico City, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
However, Stats Canada’s most recent census data has shown that as of July 1, 2012, Toronto’s population has risen to 2,791,140 – surpassing Chicago’s population of 2,707,120 by 84,000 citizens.
Toronto passes Chicago to become North America's 4th-biggest city, but is prepared to drop back to 5th in a straight-up trade for the Hawks.
— Adam Proteau (@Proteautype) March 6, 2013
The sister cities, embroiled in a long-term but friendly competition for supremacy, each grew in population in the past year.
However, Toronto took the lead in 2012 by welcoming 38,000 new residents, whereas Chicago clocked in at 11,000.
With little modesty, Toronto Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday told the Star:
I guess it’s just the fact Toronto is a healthy, vibrant city.
It is windy out here Toronto is Chicago minus the vast amounts of murders and shootings.
— Cedrick Pellish (@bradlitzcedrick) March 6, 2013
Toronto overtakes Chicago to become 4th largest city in North America.Are they just adding Mayor Rob Ford's girth to the old stat here?
— The Crawdaddy (@TheCrawdaddy) March 6, 2013