WOW! Toronto Was the Second Fastest Growing Metropolitan Area and the Top Growing City in All of the United States and Canada
By: Frank Clayton and Hong Yun (Eva) Shi
May 31, 2019
There has been a great deal of media coverage regarding the latest population growth estimates for U.S. metropolitan areas and central cities released by the U.S. Census Bureau for the 12 months ending July 1, 2018.
The estimates showed that population declined in Chicago, New York City and Los Angeles, both in the metropolitan areas and in the central cities for Chicago and New York City, during the 12 months ending July 1, 2018. The fastest growing metropolitan area in the U.S. was Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, where the population grew by an estimated 131,767 persons in the 12 months ending July 1, 2018.
This blog compares population growth in metropolitan Toronto, Montreal and the City of Toronto with metropolitan areas and central cities south of the border.
In absolute numbers, Toronto was the second fastest growing metropolitan area in the United States and Canada by a wide margin – Montreal was fifth.
Achieving second billing was an amazing feat for our region. Metropolitan Toronto’s growth of 125,298 persons was second only to Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington. Toronto was far ahead of Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, which grew by 96,268 persons. Montreal grew by 66,116 persons (see Figure 1).