Hamilton's population hits 519,949
New census data shows the population of the Hamilton metropolitan area has increased by 4.1 per cent since the last census in 2006.
But our area's growth rate is below the national growth rate of 5.9 per cent.
The population of Ontario increased by 5.7 per cent.
Statistics Canada released the first batch of numbers from the 2011 census today.
It shows the population of the Hamilton metropolitan as 721,053, compared with 692,911 from the 2006 census.
The population of the actual city of Hamilton was 519,949, up from 504,559 in 2006.
That puts Hamilton as Canada's 9th largest census metropolitan areas.
Among the local cities within our metro area, Milton recorded the biggest population jump, going from 53,889 in 2006 to 84,362, an increase of 56.5 per cent.
Burlington's population has grown from 164,415 to 175,779 while Oakville has risen to 182,520, up from 165,613 in 2006.
Canada's population on census day was 33,476,688 and grew the fastest of the G8 countries over the last five years.