When you look at the map you can see that the Region of Durham is very large. It is made up of some large and several small communities. The larger communities along Lake Ontario are where most people in Durham live and work. This is where most of the business and industry in Durham is concentrated. These municipalities are also close to the 401 Highway and the GO Train system which provide easy access to Toronto and the rest of the GTA. Many people in Durham region work in the Toronto area.
Northern parts of Durham are more rural in nature and have lower population densities. Agriculture is a major contributor to the economy of Durham and is growing in significance along with tourism.
A recent report by the Planning Division estimates that the population of the Region of Durham was 633,130 in May 2011. A target of 810,000 people has been estimated for the number of people living in the Region by the year 2021, and a target of 970,000 people by the year 2031 - more than double the 1991 population.
· The population in Durham is becoming more culturally and ethnically diverse as the population of immigrants and visible minorities continues to grow at a steady rate.
· The majority of immigrants living in the Region arrived prior to 1996. Although the immigrant population in Durham is still dominated by older immigrant groups (notably British and German), new immigrants to the Region are increasing from non-traditional source countries in Latin America, South Asia, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Africa.
FACT: Durham Region is the largest geographical jurisdiction in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). It encompasses an area of almost one thousand square miles, and has a population of over 600,000 people.