Over the 11 year period from 2001 to 2011, Simcoe Muskoka grew 17% from a population of 430,156 to 504,110. Growth in Simcoe Muskoka out-paced the province, as Ontario grew by 13% over this same time period. In the six year period from 2006 to 2011 however, growth in Simcoe Muskoka had slowed to 5% with Ontario growing at a rate of 6%.
Bradford West Gwillimbury was the fastest growing municipality in Simcoe Muskoka, with a growth rate of 16.8%, increasing from a population of 24,039 in 2006 to 28,077 in 2011. Wasaga Beach followed closely with a growth rate of 16.7%, increasing from 15,029 in 2006 to 17,537 in 2011. The map below helps visualize these increases, with orange shading used for areas of greater population growth, including the two municipalities noted above. Red shading on the map indicates where we saw the greatest increases in population. For instance, the population in the area known as Christian Island grew 106%, from 620 people in 2006 to 1,280 in 2011.
The growth rate of the population served by the health unit is expected to continue to exceed that of the province over the next 25 years. By 2041, Simcoe Muskoka’s population is projected to reach 740,073.
For more detail, see Population by Age and Sex.