Toronto is now the fastest growing city in North America

Jun 11 2020, 11:55 am

Toronto is now the fastest growing metropolitan area in all of North America.

A recent report by Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Research and Land Development revealed that Toronto overtook Dallas-Fort With Arlington for the top spot.

Metropolitan Toronto grew by 127,575 persons in 2019, outpacing Dallas-Fort Worth Arlington which grew by 117,380 persons, to become the fastest-growing metropolitan area in all of the U.S. and Canada.

And, the City of Toronto was once again the fastest growing central city.

Metropolitan Montreal was the sixth fastest growing area, with a population increase of 65,205 persons.

Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Research and Land Development

According to the report, Toronto  — at 45,742 persons —  and Montreal — with 31,565 persons — represented the two fastest growing cities in all of the US and Canada in the 12 months ending July 1, 2019.

Overall, Canadian cities represented 11 of the top 20 central cities in the US and Canada in population growth.

And, the growth in the City of Toronto exceeded the combined gains of the two fastest growing central cities in the United States, which were the city of Phoenix and the city of San Antonio — they grew by 26,317 and 17,237 persons, respectively.

Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Research and Land Development

The reason for Toronto’s population growth is in part due to immigration.

When compared to New York, Toronto had almost three times as much population growth from immigration in 2019.

And, both regions experienced a loss in resident population to other areas, but the rate was four times faster in New York.

In fact, Toronto gained as much population as New York lost.

While the City of Toronto’s population grew over 45,500,  New York City’s population decreased by over 53,000.

Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Research and Land Development

The report used statistics from the US Census Bureau released in May, its latest population growth estimates for US metropolitan areas and central cities for the 12 months ending July 1, 2019, and Statistics Canada’s comparable estimates for the same time period were released in February.

Therefore, the report compares population growth in metropolitan areas and major central cities in Canada in 2019 with those south of the border.

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