Toronto, Canada Population

Population in Urban Area, now

6,203,976
  • World: 62nd
  • North America: 7th
  • Canada: 1st

Population in City Area, 2019-09-05

2,600,000
  • World: 102nd
  • North America: 6th
  • Canada: 1st

Toronto Urban Area Population Graph

Toronto Population Review

Toronto is Canada’s most populated city and is located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the province of Ontario. With 6.2 million people living in the urban area, Toronto has almost double the population of Canad’s next most populated city, Montreal. Experts predict that by 2035, the city’s population will have gained another 1 million residents.

For the most part, Canada is a sparsely populated nation. As a whole, Canada has a population density of just 4 people per square kilometer. Compare that to Toronto's population density of 4,195 people per square kilometer and you’ll see why the city of 2.6 million is easily the largest and most densely populated in the country. Toronto is also the fifth-largest city in North America, after Mexico City, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

An ethnically diverse city

Toronto is a very ethnically diverse city with a healthy population of immigrants. Nearly half the population of Toronto is foreign-born, with 50% of the population identifies as white, while the rest identify as East Indian, South Asian, Black, Southeast Asian, Latin American, West Asian, and Arab. Reflecting this diverse population, Toronto has many ethnic neighborhoods where immigrant populations find comfort and familiarity; this includes neighborhoods like Little India, Greektown, Little Italy, Chinatown, Little Portugal, and Little Jamaica. Immigration to the city continues to grow and the Greater Toronto Area actually takes in a much higher per capita proportion of immigrants on an annual basis than any major city in the neighboring United States. In 2019 alone, the city welcomed 117,000 new immigrants to the city, boosting the overall population by 1.9 per cent.

25% of the population

Canada has a total population of 37 million people, and 25% of those people live within a 160-kilometer radius of the city of Toronto. This massive population means that the demand for real estate in Toronto is very high. The Toronto housing market is currently considered to be in crisis, with real estate extremely overpriced and hard to find. This is partially due to the low supply of homes and to the growth of the city’s population, which is the fastest-growing in the country. Listings in Toronto show that the average price of homes sold in the city has risen to over $1 million. When compared to other large, populous cities in the country, it’s clear that the Toronto housing market is in a league of its own, with nearby Montreal’s average home price hovering just around $385,000. Unfortunately, the city’s inflated real estate market means that buying a home is out of reach for many young people in the city, who are relegated to renting or to moving outside the city if they would like to purchase a home.

Hollywood North

When people think of the glitz and glamor of the movie industry, they rarely think of Toronto. However, 25% of Hollywood movies are actually filmed in Toronto, either on set or in the streets. The city earned the nickname in the 1970s when its role as a production center for both international and domestic films was solidified. The film industry in Toronto employs 28,000 people and brings in about $1.5 billion per year. Toronto's draw for movie producers is all in the money. The exchange rate between the Canadian loonie and the American dollar means that film companies always save money. Canada also makes an effort to appeal to Hollywood studios by offering lucrative tax breaks. It ranks as the largest film and television production center in Canada, and is third overall in North America, behind California and New York.

Toronto’s economic power

Toronto ranks as one of the world’s most business competitive global cities. It is the twelfth most economically powerful city in the world and attracts many international businesses with its lucrative incentives including being ranked first in corporate and digital tax rates. Toronto is the largest contributor to Canada’s economy at 20% of the GDP. This robust economy correlates directly with the city’s healthy employment rates. From 2018 to 2019, the city added over 46,000 jobs, a 3.1% growth in one year. There were also 920 new establishments to the city and 3,180 new businesses opened in 2019. Toronto’s Downtown and Centres areas had 666,980 jobs in 2019, which equates to about 42.5 per cent of all employment in the city. In total, the city has a labor force of 4.7 million people.

Review Updated: July 8, 2020
Toronto's skyline with CN Tower over lakeToronto's skyline with CN Tower over lake

Toronto Urban Area Population History

1950 1,068,000
1951 1,122,000
1952 1,178,000
1953 1,238,000
1954 1,300,000
1955 1,365,000
1956 1,434,000
1957 1,506,000
1958 1,581,000
1959 1,661,000
1960 1,744,000
1961 1,830,000
1962 1,892,000
1963 1,957,000
1964 2,024,000
1965 2,093,000
1966 2,165,000
1967 2,252,000
1968 2,343,000
1969 2,437,000
1970 2,535,000
1971 2,631,000
1972 2,665,000
1973 2,700,000
1974 2,735,000
1975 2,770,000
1976 2,807,000
1977 2,856,000
1978 2,906,000
1979 2,956,000
1980 3,008,000
1981 3,062,000
1982 3,133,000
1983 3,205,000
1984 3,280,000
1985 3,355,000
1986 3,434,000
1987 3,524,000
1988 3,616,000
1989 3,710,000
1990 3,807,000
1991 3,904,000
1992 3,976,000
1993 4,048,000
1994 4,122,000
1995 4,197,000
1996 4,274,000
1997 4,355,000
1998 4,437,000
1999 4,521,000
2000 4,607,000
2001 4,694,000
2002 4,777,000
2003 4,861,000
2004 4,948,000
2005 5,035,000
2006 5,125,000
2007 5,216,000
2008 5,309,000
2009 5,403,000
2010 5,499,000
2011 5,593,000
2012 5,660,000
2013 5,728,000
2014 5,797,000
2015 5,867,000
2016 5,938,000
2017 6,010,000
2018 6,082,000
2019 6,139,000
2020 6,197,000

Toronto Urban Area Population Projections

2021 6,255,000
2022 6,313,000
2023 6,372,000
2024 6,431,000
2025 6,491,000
2026 6,551,000
2027 6,612,000
2028 6,672,000
2029 6,733,000
2030 6,793,000
2031 6,853,000
2032 6,912,000
2033 6,971,000
2034 7,029,000
2035 7,088,000

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