Originally Posted by isaidso
Vid: you're probably the best person to ask. The population data on Wikipedia regarding the population of the Golden Horseshoe and the Greater Golden Horseshoe is for 2006. If I wanted to figure out what the corresponding numbers are for 2011 what's the easiest way to do it.
Combining various CMAs leaves out all the towns and rural areas in between. What counties constitute the GH and GGH or is it a combination of counties and municipalities. Ontario is so confusing. I wish they'd just divide everything up into counties like other provinces/states.
The Golden Horseshoe is generally considerd to include the regional municipalities of Durham, York, Peel, Halton and Niagara and the cities of Hamilton and Toronto. All of thses are considered by Statistics Canada to be Census Divisions, which is equivalent to a county.
The Golden Horseshoe proper is in red. The Greater Golden Horseshoe is in green.
The Greater Golden Horseshoe includes the counties, regional municipalities and cities of:
Brant and Brantford
It is easier to explain with a spreadsheet, so I've spent over an hour making this for you, and by you I mean me because I am curious, too.
So, to answer your question:
Golden Horseshoe: 7,005,486 (7.98% from 2006; 37.87% since 1991)
Greater Golden Horseshoe: 8,759,312 (7.28 from 2006; 37.33% since 1991)
We can use these numbers to get a rough estimate that that in 2031, the Golden Horseshoe will have approximately 9,600,000 people and the Greater Golden Horseshoe will have approximately 12,000,000. That is assuming the growth rate of the next 20 years is similar to the growth rate of the past 20 years. (I used 37% to get the calculations; which is actually a bit lower than the growth since 1991.)
Other areas in 2031:
Toronto might have 3,010,000 people
York Region might have 2,110,000 people
The GTA might have 8,660,000 people
Hamilton proper might have 600,000 people
Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge might have 750,000 people
Simcoe County might have 690,000 people