New census data shows the population of the metropolitan area of Guelph outpaced the national growth rate over the last five years.
Statistics Canada released the first batch of numbers from the 2016 census today and the population of the metropolitan area of Guelph increased by 7.7 per cent since the last census in 2011.
The area’s growth rate was above the national growth rate of 5.0 per cent, while the population of Ontario increased by 4.6 per cent.
When the 2016 census was taken last May 10, the population of the metropolitan area of Guelph was 151,984, compared with just over 141-thousand from the 2011 census. The population of the actual city of Guelph was 131,794, up from from 121,688 in 2011.
The census indicated that Guelph ranked No. 28 among the country’s 35 census metropolitan areas.
Meantime Kitchener – Cambridge – Waterloo increased by 5.5 per cent with a population of almost 524-thousand and ranked number 10 in the country.
Canada’s population on census day was 35.15 million Statistics Canada reported.