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Census shows Cambridge population increasing, other important stats

Statistics Canada has released additional census data and Cambridge saw some notable changes.
July 12th, 2019
Main Street bridge in downtown Galt, Cambridge.

The 2021 census released by Statistics Canada highlights some significant growth within the city.

Cambridge’s population grew from 129,920 in 2016 to 138,479 in 2021, or an increase of 6.6 per cent.

The demographic is also getting older with the average age increasing slightly to 40.

There are 22,160 people 65 years of age of older currently residing in Cambridge, a total that is up from the 18,895 in 2016.

The city’s population may be on the rise, but it isn’t growing as quickly as the other two that make up the tri-cities. Waterloo saw a 15.7 per cent population increase from 2016 to 2021, while Kitchener increased by 10.1 per cent.

With the rising cost of living, the housing numbers are also a point of interest. There are 35,315 households that are owned in the city, while renters make up an additional 15,955. In 2016, there were 34,080 homes that were owned compared to 14,160 that were rented.

The average family size of three remained the same but the median total income of a private household grew to $93,000, up from the $77,757 that was recorded five years prior. That's an increase of 19.6 per cent.

When it came to COVID-19 emergency and recovery benefits, 32,770 people over the age of 15 in private households accessed them at a median total of $8,000 among recipients.

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