The changing landscape of Canadian metropolitan areas
St. Catharines–Niagara, Ontario



Highlights

  • At the CMA level, built-up area increased from 187 km2 in 1971 to 412 km2 in 2011, an increase of 121%.
  • At the CMA-E level, built-up area increased from 232 km2 in 1971 to 553 km2 in 2011, an increase of 139%.
  • In 2011, the natural and semi-natural land class was divided into forest (49%), water (5%) and other (46%).
  • From 1971 to 2011, 158 km2 of arable land and 83 km2 of natural and semi-natural land were lost to settled area.
  • Of the natural and semi-natural land converted to settled area from 1971 to 2011, 30.7% was forest, 63.1% was natural land for pasture and 6.1% was classed as other.
  • Population in the CMA increased by 21% from 323,162 to 392,184 between 1971 and 2011.
  • The number of dwellings in the CMA increased by 85% from 94,305 to 174,338 between 1971 and 2011.

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