Interesting Trends – Census Overview
Posted by Kelly McKelvie Thursday, February 9th at 11:37am
The following is a synopsis of the 2016 census results from Stats Canada & an insightful article from Canadian Real Estate Magazine.
Canada’s population of 35.15 million
12 million Canadians live in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver
Half of these people live in Toronto & suburban areas around it
82% of Canadians live in metropolitan areas
Total population is 4 million
Population growth since 2011 – 11.6%
Population density per square kilometer – 6.4 people
Total private dwellings – 1.6 million
Calgary population – 1.4 million, fourth largest metropolitan area in Canada
Growth rates between the spreading suburbs and their urban centers has continued to narrow, with young professionals and aging baby boomers alike opting for the downtown-condominium life.
82 per cent of Canadian population live in large and medium-sized cities across the country, one of the highest concentrations among G7 nations. Immigration has driven that change with new arrivals settling in urban centers as opposed to rural communities.
Rural areas located outside the census metropolitan areas, but close to them, are also growing faster than rural areas much farther away, so that’s also a sign of an urban spread phenomenon.
Suburban lots over the years have become smaller, circuitous streets designed for cars are being replaced with a transit-and-foot-friendly grid system, and dwellings are increasingly being designed to allow young families to age in place.
Calgary and Edmonton were the fastest growing cities between 2011 and 2016, with Calgary leap-frogging Ottawa for fourth-largest overall.