In 2011, children ages 0 to 9 years accounted for 11% of the population in Simcoe Muskoka for a total of 53,330 children. As expected, the highest number of children lived in the city with the greatest overall population—Barrie (16,910). Large populations of children also live in the southern municipalities of Bradford West Gwillimbury, Innisfil and New Tecumseth. The City of Orillia had just over 3,000 children aged 0 to 9 years in 2011.
By 2041, the population of 0 to 9-year-olds in Simcoe Muskoka is projected to reach more than 67,100, however, the proportion of children is expected to decrease slightly from 11% to 9% of the total population. The further north one travels in Simcoe Muskoka, the smaller the child population.
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The chart below is a depiction of the child population growth rate from 2015 through to 2041. The population of children less than 1 year of age will increase by 23% from 5,045 in 2015 to 6,202 in 2041. All age groups above 1 year of age will experience similar population growth. The age group with the highest growth rate is 10 to 14 years of age, with an increase of 26% from 29,380 in 2015 to 37,150 in 2041.