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News Release

Durham Region releases updated demographic and socio-economic data profile

WHITBY, ON November 04, 2015

The Regional Municipality of Durham, Planning and Economic Development Department today released the updated Durham Region Profile—Demographics and Socio-economic Data report, which provides comprehensive information in six key categories: population; social characteristics; households; employment; income and education; and agriculture.

“The intent of the Durham Region Profile report is to provide the general public, business community and various levels of government with concise information on Durham Region’s communities and economy,” said Alex Georgieff, Commissioner of Planning and Economic Development. “The latest report includes a new category—agriculture—which is recognized as a major contributor to Durham’s economy. This is in addition to other data sets that continue to highlight the region’s growth, development and progressive opportunities.”

The Durham Region Profile report includes an infographic summary—a new feature of the report to highlight key data. Several significant findings are noted in the report:

  • Durham’s population has increased significantly, from 247,473 in 1974 to 656,055 at the end of 2014.
  • Nearly two-thirds of population growth in the last five years has come as a direct result of immigration.
  • The proportion of residents 65 years and older increased from 10.2 per cent in 2006 to 11.4 per cent in 2011.
  • In 2014, the average cost for a resale home was $391,692, and the average monthly rent was $1,000.
  • In 2014, Durham Region’s Business Count reported more than 170,000 jobs and more than 11,000 businesses in Durham.
  • The prevalence of low income was lower in Durham Region (9.9 per cent), in contrast to the Greater Toronto Area (14.5 per cent) and Ontario (10.9 per cent).
  • More than a third of farms in Durham Region are 130 acres or more in size, while about five per cent of farms are less than five acres.

The report was prepared by the Planning and Economic Development Department, in consultation with the Finance, Health, Social Services and Works departments, as well as the Office of the Regional Chair and Chief Administrative Officer, Durham Region Transit and Durham Regional Police Service. A majority of the data was provided by the Statistics Canada 2011 Census and National Household Survey, along with additional data contributions from the Planning and Economic Development Department, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and Municipal Property Assessment Corporation. 

The full report can be found online at Printed copies of the infographic summary, and CD copies of the full report, are also available on a cost-recovery basis. For more information, please contact the Planning and Economic Development Department via email at  

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