Here at YouthfulCities, we love data. We love sharing it, analyzing it, and most importantly, collecting it — and we’re proud to offer comprehensive, intersectional insights on cities around the world. So the only question is: what are you looking for? If you want to see in-depth insights on youth attitudes in Canada and beyond on issues like education, COVID recovery, and more, take a look at our surveys. If you want to see how your city stacks up on issues like affordability, job security, housing, and more, check out our one-of-a-kind urban index that charts liveability for young people — globally. We’ve also collected stories for a deeper, more intimate look at what life is like for young people navigating the urban jungle.


Since 2013 YouthfulCities has been measuring cities from the perspective of youth (ages 15-30). Through two global indexes, three Canadian Indexes and two global surveys we’ve measured infrastructure, cost of living, quality of life, access to education and much in between. All of this has been done in order to understand how youth feel about the “youthfulness” of their cities, and which cities place the greatest emphasis on supporting young people and people who identify as “youthful”.

YouthfulCities is now in the process of collecting data for its YouthfulCities 2020 Index: Coventry City of Culture edition which will rank five global cities across 100+ indicators from a youth perspective. Coventry City of Culture, 2021, is a city-wide programme of art and cultural events, from large-scale spectacles, music, dance, theatre and poetry as well as more intimate, celebratory cultural and heritage experiences.

We are working with 5 cities that have all been chosen because they are catalysts for change: they’re curious, explorative, and dynamic, with an activist spirit and civic innovation. The cities will connect to make a global programme for the City of Culture year.


Since its conception, we at Youthful Cities have dedicated ourselves to amplifying the voices of youth. One way we do this is through our national and international surveys.: These are data-collection tools that take words directly from young people around the world and use their voices to inform our work.

Deeper Stories

We’ve collected in-depth, personal stories from young people living in cities around the world. Click through to get a snapshot of life.