Demographic Maps

Demography is the statistical study of populations, especially human beings. As a very general science, it can analyse any kind of dynamic living population, i.e., one that changes over time or space (see population dynamics). Demography encompasses the study of the size, structure, and distribution of these populations, and spatial or temporal changes in them in response to birth, migration, ageing, and death. Based on the demographic research of the earth, earth’s population up to the year 2050 and 2100 can be estimated by demographers. Demographics are quantifiable characteristics of a given population.

Demographic analysis can cover whole societies or groups defined by criteria such as education, nationality, religion, and ethnicity. Educational institutions usually treat demography as a field of sociology, though there are a number of independent demography departments.

Greater Toronto Area Communities

Toronto is a city of neighbourhoods and the Greater Toronto Area is a place of interconnected regions and communities. On this page you will find an interactive map with links to each of the five regions in the Grand Toronto Area, the twenty-four communities in the regions around Toronto and the forty-four wards that make up the city of Toronto.

Greater Toronto Area Communities

Toronto Social Atlas

The Social Policy Analysis & Research unit is in the process of developing an extensive atlas of social demographic data for the City of Toronto. Most of the maps in the atlas will be based around the neighbourhood level of geography, with select maps using Census Tracts. The neighbourhood data provides a consistent area of study that will not be subject to future political or demographic changes.

Toronto Social Atlas

Income by postal code

Patterns of wealth and poverty on maps are often the key to interpreting patterns on other maps. Murder sites of male homicide victims in Toronto, for example, follow the classic checkmark shape of the city’s low-income neighbourhoods. Using Google’s Fusion Tables mapping tool, we are able to map income across the country in 1,576 postal areas.

Income by postal code

The language quilt

English is still, by far, the first language across Greater Toronto. But strip away that blanket of dominance and a colorful patchwork emerges, showing where newcomers from around the world chose to settle. The map shows the most prevalent mother tongue after English in more than 1,000 neighbourhoods across the GTA, as revealed by a Star analysis of 2006 census data.

The language quilt