There are 130 highrise projects under construction in Toronto, more than in any other North American city.
New York is second, with 91 projects, and Montreal is third with 25.
That's the word from Emporis, a real estate data firm that monitors construction activity around the world.
Toronto has maintained top spot in the rankings for several years now, but New York, the traditional home of iconic skyscrapers, is narrowing the gap.
"On the basis of current developments, we assume that New York will catch up with Toronto as early as 2015," Emporis analyst Matthew Keutenius said.
It wasn't that long ago that Toronto had twice the number of construction projects on the go as the second-most active market. But an uptick in construction in New York has changed that.
Emporis defines a highrise as a building at least 35 metres tall. Buildings more than 40 storeys tall are considered skyscrapers.
The Toronto area is also a leader in terms of the percentage of those tall buildings that are residential in nature.
Downtown Toronto condos average $367K
In Toronto, Markham, Ont., and Burnaby, B.C. some 92 per cent of the tall buildings under construction are residential in nature. That ratio is normally around 65 per cent in most other cities.
"It is notable, too, that current residential highrise construction in Canada comprises almost exclusively condominiums, while in the USA it includes a relatively large proportion of rental apartments," Emporis said.
In Chicago, for example, 80 per cent of the residential highrises under construction are new rental apartments.
According to the latest data available, the average price of a downtown Toronto condo hit $367,376 in December, a rise from 7.6 per cent from the same month a year ago.
Toronto has been the main hub for highrise construction for several years now, but since the boom started later, it remains well behind other cities in terms of completed projects.
There are currently 6,069 buildings classified as "highrises" in New York City — more than three times the number in Toronto.Suggest a correction