Sunday , 2 April 2023

Toronto Has More High-rise Construction Than Any Other N.A. City

…Global real estate consulting giant RLB published the Q3 2022 update to its Crane Index…[and the] high-rise construction in Toronto still leads North America by a wide margin. No other city on the continent even comes close.

Region Cranes
Toronto 230
Los Angeles 46
Seattle 42
Denver 32
Washington 26
Calgary 21
Chicago 18
Portland 15
New York 14
San Francisco 14
Boston 10
Honolulu 9
Las Vegas 3
Phoenix 3

Source: RLB; Better Dwelling

Other cities seen as frothy, with a large building boom, don’t even compare. Los Angeles, for instance, at 46 cranes in Q3 2022 is the second most active high rise market. That’s 80% less activity than Toronto saw in the same quarter. At the same time, LA home prices are expected to plummet by 20%. That’s likely to kill short-term demand for future high rise projects.

Following LA are Seattle (42), Denver (32), and Washington, DC (26). All of these cities are noted for their construction boom — it’s just next level in Toronto.

Most of Toronto’s cranes are being used for high-rise construction projects. RLB counted 130 residential cranes in the city, meaning more than half is residential. Soft pre-sale demand might slow that in the near term.

Construction cranes for residential housing in Q3 2022 in select North American cities.

Region Residential
Toronto 126
Seattle 36
Denver 23
Chicago 14
Calgary 12
Los Angeles 10
Washington 7
Portland 5
San Francisco 4
Phoenix 3
Honolulu 2
New York 1
Las Vegas 0
Boston 0
Source: RLB; Better Dwelling

In contrast, the next most residential cranes were located in Seattle (36), Denver (23), and Chicago (14). Once again, what’s happening in Toronto isn’t even close to anywhere else. The scale is reminiscent of the 2006 boom in Dubai. Hopefully things work out a little better.

The above article by Lorimer Wilson, Managing Editor of, is an edited ([ ]), abridged […], retitled, restructured, reformatted, highlighted and grammatically corrected version of an article by Daniel Wong for the sake of brevity and clarity to ensure a fast and easy read.
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