Durham by the Numbers

Durham Region, located in the eastern Greater Toronto Area in Ontario, Canada, is a dynamic, diverse and growing municipality. Over the last two decades, the population of Durham Region has risen from 409,000 people in 1991 to more than 650,000 people today.

Durham is an engineering hub anchored by the automotive and manufacturing sectors. Durham also holds the largest expanse of agricultural land in the Toronto area, making it an emerging hub of food excellence and farm-to-table innovation.

Durham is home to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, which counts more than 9,000 students in its business, engineering, computer science and emerging-technologies programs. Durham College, the region’s first higher learning institution, has grown to more than 30,000 students in market-driven postsecondary and apprenticeship programs.

Durham quick facts:

  • The Regional Municipality of Durham includes the municipalities of Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa and Clarington, as well as Brock, Uxbridge and Scugog townships.
  • 53.1% of residents hold a postsecondary degree, diploma or certificate.
  • The annual income for a typical two-parent household in Durham is $127,413.
  • The average home value is $391,692, compared to $566,726 in the City of Toronto.
  • 75% of households spend less than 30% of their total income on shelter.

The dLAB development, designed and led by the private sector, embodies many of the goals stated in Durham Region’s strategic plan: strengthening and supporting the agricultural and energy sectors, creating more high-paying local jobs, sustainable design and urban revitalization, and sustaining an effective, motivated and healthy workforce.