Population

Each year, Regional planners estimate the number of people living in Waterloo Region. As of year-end 2011, the population estimate was 553,000. Based on this estimate, over the past 15 years the Region's population has grown an average of 1.73 per cent per year. The Regional population estimates provide the best estimate of the total number of people and households that are living in the Region, as they take into account the Census population, estimated to year-end, the Census undercount and full-time post-secondary students.

There are two other commonly referenced population figures for Waterloo Region. Statistics Canada released results from the May 2011 Census of Canada showing a Census population of 507,096. Additionally, the Province of Ontario outlines population forecasts in the Places to Grow - Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. For 2011, the estimated Places to Grow population for Waterloo Region is 527,380. The Places to Grow population includes a four per cent Census undercount, but excludes students. For further discussion on these figures please refer to the report below.

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