Hamilton, the steel capital of Canada, has ranked second-last out of 13 cities measured by YouthfulCities for how well they accommodate young people, including for things like public transportation, free-to-use WiFi, access to healthcare, employment levels, affordability and more. Youth in Hamilton make up 19.5 percent of the population.
These rankings consist of 1,573 data points collected across various attributes to discover what makes cities more attractive to youth.
The city scored only 604.51 out of 1634 possible points and comes in only before St. John's in the rankings. Contributing to this is the lack of safety on public transit: for instance, there is no passenger bill of rights, night stop program or transit police and security cameras have only recently been added to buses. Hamilton also lacks when it comes to digital access, because there is not WiFi available thoroughly throughout the city or on public transit.
By requiring new developments to include permanent public art, the city would better serve its artists and even more so by developing a long-term art plan.
In the index, Hamilton scored well for health, employment, the cost of concert tickets and availability of travel options, but badly for public transportation, public space and nightlife.
YouthfulCities co-founded Robert Barnard says in the report that cities are lacking on a global scale.
"In 2015, Toronto was the only Canadian city to make the Top 10 of the YouthfulCities Global Index, coming in 6th place. Montreal and Vancouver just barely made the top 20 and were behind most other North American cities, including Mexico City," said Barnard.
Cities around the world are competing to become more livable, innovative and attractive — all things which attract the younger crowd.