London Ontario Population

london-ontario-populationLondon Ontario Population

The most recent estimate for the population of the city of London, Ontario in Canada is approximately 368,000 people, which is an increase from the last record of population by about 6.2%.  Historically, London has been one of the smallest cities among the major cities in Ontario.  The city of Toronto has always had a much larger population than Ontario.  Based on the total land area and the total population of the city, the population density of London is about 2,255 people per square mile.

Demographics of London, Ontario

The population make up of the city of London in Ontario is very diverse and made up of various different ethnic origins.  The two largest ethnic groups in the city are those who claim to be of English or Canadian origin, which both make up about 32% of the population.  The next largest group is those of Scottish descent, making up about 22% of the population.  Also, about 85% of the population is considered to be white, while Arabs, Blacks, and Latin Americans each make up about 2.2% of the population.   Lastly, besides English, Spanish and Arabic are the most widely spoken languages in the city of London, Ontario.

Religion in London, Ontario

The largest religious group in London, Ontario is the Protestant religion, which makes up about 41% of the population.  The Roman Catholic Church makes up about 29% of the population.  The Islamic faith makes up about 3.4% of the population.  Lastly, about 20% of the population do not identify with any religious group.

Geography and Climate of London, Ontario

The geography of London Ontario was formed during the retreat of glaciers during the last ice age. This retreat of glaciers produced areas of marshland as well as some of the most agriculturally productive areas of farmland in the rest of Ontario. The Thames River dominates London’s geography. The North and South branches of the Thames River meet at the centre of the city, a location known as “The Forks” or “The Fork of the Thames.”

London has a humid continental climate. The city is affected by thunderstorms more than any other major city in Canada, due to the convergence of breezes originating from Lake Huron and Lake Erie. London has the most lightning strikes per year in Canada, averaging 34 days of thunderstorm activity per year. Spring and autumn are not long, and winters are cold but witness frequent thaws. Annual precipitation averages nearly 990 millimeters (39.0 in). London Ontario has winter snowfall totals are heavy, averaging slightly over 2 meters (79 in) per year. The majority of it comes from lake effect snow and snow squalls originating from Lake Huron, some 60 kilometers (37 mi) to the northwest, which occurs when strong, cold winds blow from that direction.

London Ontario Canada

london-ontario-population-historicalHistorical Population of London, Ontario

Historically over the past century, the population of the city of London has always increased.  The population growth has its fluctuations in how much growth the city actually does, but the city, since its founding even, has always grown.  The largest period of growth was in between the years 1951 and 1961 as the population grew a little over 75%.

Year Population
1921 50,959
1931 71.148
1941 78,134
1951 95,343
1961 169,569
1966 194,416
1971 223,222
1976 240,392
1981 254,280
1986 269,140
1991 311,620
1996 325,699
2001 336,539
2006 352,395
2011 366,151

Projected Population of London, Ontario

The population of the city of London is expected to continue the trend that it has exhibited historically and will increase over the next 28 years.  The population projection model has taken into account the natural increase of the city due to things like birth rates and death rates.  The natural increase of the city will decrease from year to year over the course of the projection model.  This decrease in the natural increase is due to the increased number of deaths compared to the number of births in the city.

Year Population Percent Increase
2016 385,100 4.6%
2021 404,600 5.1%
2026 424,800 4.99%
2031 443,500 4.4%
2036 462,100 4.2%
2041 480,900 4.1%
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