King is small town located on the treasured Oak Ridges Moraine countryside, just north of Toronto. King is predominantly a rural municipality, known for its lush topography of rolling hills and valleys, horse and cattle farms.
The first peoples to arrive in King were native peoples who discovered the route known as the Toronto Carrying Place. The Toronto Carrying Place was a portage route that provided the fastest route (via the Holland and Humber Rivers) between Lakes Ontario and Simcoe. This route would later become vital to fur traders and adventurers such as Samuel de Champlain.
Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe surveyed the township in 1800 and named the town in honour of Major John King, an English Under-Secretary of State. The area remained sparsely settled until 1820’s and from then, the first settlements began to take shape. Some of the early settlers include the Pennsylvania Germans Quakers, hardworking and religious people who founded the communities of Lloydtown and Chomberg. Later on, American colonists (known as the United Empire Loyalists) joined them.
Settlers mainly resided along Yonge Street at first, before moving west to where the mills were built along the fast flowing streams of the Oak Ridges Moraine. The Holland River and the Humber River acted as major catalysts for growth, as the rivers powered the many saw and grist mills that defined King Township’s pioneer settlements. Soon settlements began to grow and the town’s initial population of 20 residents in 1800 grew to 394 in 1823. By 1871 there were 7482 residents.
Today, King is a town with the smallest population in York Region while also encompassing the largest land mass. With a population of 26, 000, many of King’s residents inhabit the communities of King City, Nobleton and Schomberg.
Neighbourhoods in King
The Holland Marsh, which is recognized as Ontario’s “Vegetable Basket” is located between King Township and Bradford West Gwillimbury. The Marsh is known for its rich agriculture, numerous market gardens, orchards, large crop farms, horse and cattle farms, and sod farms.
You may recognize Schomberg’s Main Street shopping village as it featured throughout many television and film scenes. On this street, there are antique shops, an art gallery, a gift shop as well as many restaurants. For the best shopping experience, the Nobleton shopping district positioned at King Road and Highway 27, features small shopping plazas, a garden centre, gift and craft stores, restaurants and professional services. In King City, there is a shopping area at Keele Street and King Road that includes a variety of stores, shops, plazas and offices.
Community centres and recreation areas are abundant in King with many neighbourhoods offering tennis courts, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, ice arenas and community halls.
Hikers, joggers and skiers can access to the popular Oak Ridges Trail from the Seneca College King Campus, located on the northwest corner of Dufferin Street and Bloomington Sideroad.
King City is the largest community in King Township, with 2,396 dwellings and a population of 6,970 (Canada 2016 Census). It is characterized by rolling hills and clustered temperate forests in the Eastern Great Lakes lowland forests ecoregion. Numerous kettle lakes and ponds dot the area. Creeks and streams from King City, the surrounding area, and as far west as Bolton and as far east as Stouffville are the origin for the East Humber River. Numerous stables and other farms have been established on the 147.938 km² of land area occupied by the township.
Nobleton is an unincorporated community in southwestern King. It boasts a population of 4,614 (Canada 2016 Census) and is the third-largest community in the township. Located south of the Oak Ridges Moraine, Nobleton is surrounded by hills and forests. Many horse farms are found on Nobleton’s eastern periphery. Nobleton is at an elevation of approximately 300 m, just south of the regional peak of the Oak Ridges Moraine with the Humber River flowing in the southwestern part with a conservation area covering the southwest. Nobleton Lakes is located nearly 2 to 3 km north and includes two lakes and a golf and Country Club. Forests are scattered throughout Nobleton’s valleys to the east and into the southeastern portion with farmlands situated to the west, south, east, and sporadically to the north.
Schomberg is an unincorporated village in northwestern King with a population 2,691 (Canada 2016 Census). Situated north of the Oak Ridges Moraine and south of the Holland River, the village is surrounded by natural attractions. Schomberg is accessed via Highway 9, which links Orangeville and Newmarket; via Highway 27 linking Barrie and Toronto; and the Lloydtown-Aurora Road. Its main street is York Regional Road 76, a graceful curved avenue separate from the local major highways.
Pottageville is an unincorporated community located in northeastern King Township, in Ontario, Canada. It is near Schomberg. It is named for one of its early settlers, Edward Pottage. Parts of Pottageville, particularly the ecological areas outside the village, are located on the northern face of the sensitive Oak Ridges Moraine. Characteristic of other parts of the moraine, the ecological areas of Pottageville exhibit a range of features including: wetlands, swamps and forest.
According to the latest data from the 2016 Census Profile conducted by Statistics Canada, the population of King is 24,510. The average age is 40.4 years, with the majority of the population between the ages of 15 and 64 years old. As of 2016, there are 12,280 males (50.1%) and 12,230 females (49.9%) in King.
In King, 86.9% of all dwellings are single detached homes while other dwellings such as apartments (5+ floors), semi-detached homes, row houses, apartments (less than 5 floors), and duplexes represent 3.1%, 1.4%, 4.2%, 3.0% and 1.2% respectively.
The total number of occupied dwellings is 8140, of those dwellings 87.5% are owned while 12.5% are rented. In 2016, the average value of dwellings was $1,121,408.
In King, 72.2% of the population stated English as their mother tongue, 0.80% identify French, and 27.0% reported a non-official language, in 2016. In comparison, the York Region percentages were 49.6% for English, 0.73% for French only and 48.0% for only non-official languages.
The most common non-official languages spoken are Italian, Russian, German and Spanish.
Total Household Income King
King’s median household income in 2015 was $118,309 which is higher than the median household incomes of $95,776 in York Region, $74,287 in Ontario and $70,336 in Canada. 58.1% of households reported incomes greater than $100,000, 23.6% greater than $200,000 and 13.4% earn less than $40,000.
There are six schools that operate under the York Region District School Board in King, they include:
- Kettleby Public School
- King City Public School
- King City Secondary School
- Nobleton Junior Public School
- Nobleton Senior Public School
- Schomberg Public School.
Under the York Catholic District School Board, there are five other schools:
- Cardinal Carter Catholic High School
- Holy Name Catholic School
- Sacred Heart Catholic High School
- St. Mary Catholic Elementary School
- St. Patrick’s Catholic Elementary School
King is also has a number of private schools as well as schools operating under the French Language Catholic School Board and the French Language Public School Board.
Seneca College, a college offering a variety of programs, is located in the southeastern portion of King Township.