Community Profile: Simcoe-York

Ontario's fastest growing region is fuelled by immigration; youth population growing; region has highest employment growth rate in the province

Simcoe-York young girl at a sugarshack jpgis the fastest growing region in Ontario. With an increase of 208,612 people (18.9%) between 2001 and 2006, this growth is nearly three times the provincial rate (6.6%).  Increased immigration to the region has contributed to this population growth. The overwhelming majority (93.2%) of the 49,875 newcomers to Simcoe-York settled in York. York also reported the highest growth in the region (22.4%) and is home to more than two-thirds of its population.  In addition, Simcoe-York saw significant growth in employment during this period with the highest employment growth rate in the province (19.9% compared to 7.9% for Ontario overall). The complete Simcoe-York Community Profile includes population, labour force, education, income and language information. 

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Diversity in Simcoe-York

Community Highlights

  • Simcoe-York's youth population (13-24) grew significantly (22.1%) between 2001 and 2006, nearly two and a half times the provincial rate.
  • Simcoe-York has a higher proportion of university graduates than Ontario overall, particularly in York.
  • Both Simcoe and York had a higher median household income than the province as a whole. Within the region, King had the highest household median income ($91,762) and Christian Island 30 the lowest ($26,304) indicating great variation across Simcoe-York.
  • In York, 1 in 4 residents speak a Chinese language while in Simcoe the most common mother tongues reported other than English or French were European.
  • More than 1 in 4 residents in Simcoe-York is a visible minority, 95% of which live in York.
  • As of 2006, the region had a lower unemployment rate (5.5%) than Ontario overall (6.4%), which was amongst the lowest in the province at the time.
  • In York, only 1 in 10 people are over the age of 65.