Canadians are flocking to the centres of the country’s largest cities, census data released today shows.
The pattern is clearest in Toronto and Vancouver, but also in Calgary, where most neighbourhoods in the central city gained residents over the last five years.
In Toronto, an area bounded roughly by Queen Street, the Don River, the lake shore and Dufferin Street added 35,000 people in five years (the population of Sydney, N.S.), bringing the population of that area up to 114,000, equal to the population of Guelph, Ont.
The area, which has seen intense high-rise development in recent years, now has a density of over 12,000 people per square kilometre. That’s similar to Cairo, Egypt or Lagos, Nigeria.
Vancouver, where real estate values have skyrocketed in recent years, has seen a similar pattern on a smaller scale. The city’s downtown has added about 10,000 people since 2011, bringing the centre’s population to over 109,000.
Development near the UBC endowment lands doubled population in that neighbourhood in five years, from 2,500 to about 5,000.
Seven out of eight of Canada’s most densely populated neighbourhoods were in Toronto. The densest was in the St. Jamestown high-rise neighbourhood in the east downtown.
Urban living: Canada’s 10 densest neighbourhoods
|Census tract||Where’s that?||People per square km|
|1||5350065.02||Toronto: East downtown, St. Jamestown||82,434|
|2||5350063.03||Toronto: East downtown, Bloor/Church||54,647|
|3||5350062.01||Toronto: East downtown, Bay/Charles||52,388|
|4||5350307.06||Toronto: Yonge and Sheppard||52,054|
|5||4620065.01||Montreal: Sherbrooke/rue Guy||50,278|
|6||5350128.06||Toronto: Yonge and Eglinton||48,882|
|7||5350307.04||Toronto: Yonge and Sheppard||45,980|
|8||5350307.03||Toronto: Yonge and Sheppard||45,726|
|9||4620385||Montreal: Queen Mary/Macdonald||40,890|
|10||9330016.06||Vancouver: Vancouver: Boundary Rd/Skytrain||39,491|
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