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Demographics of Toronto

Post  kosovohp on Mon Oct 04, 2010 12:44 pm

The last complete census by Statistics Canada estimated there were 2,503,281 people living in Toronto in June 2006,[1] making it the largest city in Canada,[69] and the fifth most populous municipality in North America.[70]

The city's population grew by 4% (96,073 residents) between 1996 and 2001, and 1% (21,787 residents) between 2001 and 2006. Persons aged 14 years and under made up 17.5% of the population, and those aged 65 years and over made up 13.6%. The median age was 36.9 years. Foreign-born people made up 49.9% of the population.[71] The city's gender population is 48% male and 52% female.[72] However, women outnumber men in all age groups over 20.[73] As of 2006, 46.9% of the residents of the city proper belong to a visible minority group,[74] and visible minorities are projected to comprise a majority in the Toronto CMA by 2017.[75] In 1981, Toronto's visible minority population was 13.6%.[76]
Pedestrian Sunday at Kensington Market.

According to the United Nations Development Programme, Toronto has the second-highest percentage of constant foreign-born population among world cities, after Miami, Florida. While Miami's foreign-born population consists mostly of Cubans and other Latin Americans, no single nationality or culture dominates Toronto's immigrant population, placing it among the most diverse cities in the world.[71] By 2031, Toronto's current visible minority population will have increased to 63%, changing the definition of visible minority in the city.[77]

In 2006, people of European ethnicities formed the largest cluster of ethnic groups in Toronto, 52.6%,[74] mostly of British, Irish, Italian, and French origins. The five largest visible minority groups in Toronto are South Asian (12.0%), Chinese (11.4%), Black (8.4%), Filipino (4.1%) and Latin American (2.6%).[74] Aboriginal peoples, who are not considered visible minorities, formed 0.5% of the population.[74] This diversity is reflected in Toronto's ethnic neighbourhoods, which include Chinatown, Corso Italia, Greektown, Kensington Market, Koreatown, Little India, Little Italy, Little Jamaica, Little Portugal and Roncesvalles.

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