Vaughan is a city within the region of York, located north of Toronto and south of King and Richmond Hill. Vaughan was named after Benjamin Vaughan, a British commissioner who signed a peace treaty with the United States in 1783.

During the sixteenth century, Vaughan was home to approximately 2000 Huron. Due the region’s remoteness and its lack of roads, travel was very limited. It was not until the development of townships in 1792 that Vaughan began to see an influx of European settlements. The population grew from 54 in 1800 to 4300 in 1840.

During the early 1800s, Vaughan’s population began to grow as a result of migrants from the United States. This migration would later by superseded by immigrants from Britain. While many of the previous migrants were agriculturalists, these new immigrants from Britain were highly skilled tradespeople and their skills proved to be for a growing community. The population grew from 54 in 1800 to 4300 in 1840.

After an influx of immigration following World War II, the population grew to 15957 by 1960. In 1850, Vaughan was incorporated as Vaughan Township and a municipal government was established. Its township status remained only until 1991 when it official changed its legal status to the City of Vaughan. It is the only municipality in York Region that has a City Status.

Today, Vaughan has approximately 297,000 residents, making it the fifth-largest city in the Greater Toronto Area, and the 17th-largest city in Canada. According to Statistics Canada, Vaughan achieved a growth rate of 80.2%, making it the fastest-growing municipality in Canada between 1996 and 2006.

Along with having excellent transportation corridors, it also has very competitive commercial and industrial tax rates as well. Vaughan attracts many new residents with its large manufacturing and industrial base.

Neighbourhoods in Vaughan

There are five major communities in Vaughan — Kleinburg, Maple, Thornhill, Concord and Woodbridge. Many residents and no-residents feel that they identify more with these smaller communities rather than the city as a whole. Located 25 minutes from downtown Toronto, Vaughan receives many tourists and visitors from across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Popular attractions include: the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, the Vaughan Mills shopping mall, Canada’s Wonderland – Canada’s largest amusement park, the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum and Boyd conservation Area.

The Vaughan Metropolitan Centre is a proposed 51- hectare central business district bound by Portage Parkway on the north, Highway 7 to the South, Jane Street to the east and Highway 400 on the west. It is one of Canada’s largest master planned communities, paired with a top of the line transit system offering seamless connectivity throughout the GTA.

Kleinburg

Kleinburg is an old-fashioned sought-after village with charming country side views, custom residences and access to all amenities. Kleinburg’s lush and varying topography is situated between two branches of the Humber River. Many tourists visit the world well-known McMichael Canadian Art Collection located at 10365 Islington Avenue that feature renowned artists such as the Group of Seven. Kleinburg is also known for its community spirit as they organized the very popular Bindertwine Festival held each December.

Maple

Maple, once known as a sleepy town, is now a lively town with many new housing developments. In addition to prominent landmarks such as Canada’s Wonderland, the Eagles Nest Golf Club and the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital, Maple is also the home of the City of Vaughan municipal offices located at 2141 Major Mackenzie Dr West. With access to the Maple Go Station, commuting is very easy and convenient throughout the neighbourhood of Maple.

Woodbridge

Woodbridge is a large suburban community located north of Steeles Avenue and south of Major Mackenzie Drive West. The main street in Woodbridge to the west of Islington Avenue, along Woodbridge Avenue. Along with the Woodbridge Library, there are also a variety of shops, restaurants and businesses located nearby. The Woodbridge Fairgrounds, located to the north of the main street, is home to events such as the Woodbridge Fair.

Woodbridge has two nature conservations areas: Kortright Centre for Conservation and the Boyd Conservation Area. While the Kortright Centre has some of Canada’s most leading edge sustainable education programs and events, the Boyd Conservation Area is known for its bird watching, nature hiking and outdoor musical concerts.

Concord

Situated around Dufferin and Highway 7, Concord is primarily a suburban industrial neighbourhood. While most areas of primarily industrial, the area between Dufferin Street and Rutherford Road up to Major Mackenzie Drive is comprised of all residential homes. With access to the Go Train, travelling and commuting is convenient.

Thornhill

Thornhill is situated between two different cities, to the west is the City of Vaughan and two the east is the City of Markham. Along Steeles Ave, Thornhill also shares a Southern boundary with Toronto. The old village of Thornhill is located around the areas of Yonge Street, between Centre Street and John Street. Since then, the new Thornhill has branched out into a collection of home subdivisions alongside various shopping centres, community centres and various schools. The historical Thornhill Village heritage area, the Bayview Gold and Country Club and the Promenade Shopping Centre are a few prominent landmarks in Thornhill.

Woodland Acres Estates

Towering mature trees and ravines serve as the neighbourhood backdrop, where nature shows its magnificence as it moves through the seasons. The flavour of the architecture in this neighborhood adds to the uniqueness of the setting. These homes are custom built and sit on the winding streets and rolling topography maximizing the panoramic views from all angles of each house. As you drive through this exclusive area the feeling of a private retreat surrounds you.

Pinewood Estates

The exclusive area of Pinewood Estates feature upscale living that is yours to embrace in this prestigious community well-known for its estate lots that boast exceptional architecture that sparkle from naturally rolling hills and lush greenery. A value added characteristic of this secluded neighborhood is the security patrol service that occurs every hour giving you an amplified sense of comfort. Surrounded by the amenities of an urban lifestyle while situated in a sought-after country setting, this community is the ideal place to call home.

National Estates

Located in the heart of Vaughan, the exclusive neighborhood of National Estates is centrally located amongst Vaughan’s major attractions and amenities. It is situated just minutes away from The National Golf Club of Canada known as one of the top courses in the province with an 18-hole facility. Also nearby are Boyd Conservation Park and the Kortright Conservation Area. A value added amenity of this secluded community is the security patrol service that circles every hour giving you an amplified sense of comfort.

Northwood Estates

Located in the quiet neighborhood of Maple, this centrally located community is conveniently located near Vaughan’s major attractions and amenities and beautiful countryside. It is minutes away from Maple Downs Golf and Country Club and Eagle’s Nest Golf Club. It also boasts executive style residences each with custom landscaping and streets lined with mature trees.

Demographics:

According to the latest data, the population of Vaughan is 306,233 (Statistics Canada, 2016), making it the 17th largest-municipality in Canada. The population grew 6.2% from the previous census in 2011. The average age is 39.2 years, with the majority of the population between the working ages of 15 and 64 years old. As of 2016, there are 149,055 males (48.7%) and 157,175 females (51.4%) in Aurora.

(Source: https://www.vaughan.ca/business/market_indicators/demographics/Pages/default.aspx)
(Source: http://www12.statcan.ca/census-recensement/2016/dp-pd/prof/details/page.cfm?Lang=E&Geo1=CSD&Code1=3519028&Geo2=PR&Code2=35&Data=Count&SearchText=&SearchType=Begins&SearchPR=01&B1=All&GeoLevel=PR&GeoCode=3519028 )

Housing history

In Vaughan, 64.9% 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 10.4%, 8.2%, 10.8%, 2.1% and 3.5% respectively.

The number of private dwellings increased by 9.5% from 2011 while the total number of single-detached homes declined by 2.6% from 2011.

(Source: http://www12.statcan.ca/census-recensement/2016/dp-pd/prof/details/page.cfm?Lang=E&Geo1=CSD&Code1=3519028&Geo2=PR&Code2=35&Data=Count&SearchText=&SearchType=Begins&SearchPR=01&B1=All&GeoLevel=PR&GeoCode=3519028 )

Languages

In Vaughan, 47.1% of the population stated English as their mother tongue, 0.62% identify French, and 52.2% reported a non-official language, in 2016. Italian (12.28%), Russian (6.79%), Mandarin (2.91%), Spanish (2.42%) and Farsi (2.17%) are among the top non-official languages spoken as a mother tongue in Vaughan in 2016.

(Source: http://www12.statcan.ca/census-recensement/2016/dp-pd/prof/details/page.cfm?Lang=E&Geo1=CSD&Code1=3519028&Geo2=PR&Code2=35&Data=Count&SearchText=&SearchType=Begins&SearchPR=01&B1=All&GeoLevel=PR&GeoCode=3519028)

(Source: http://www12.statcan.ca/census-recensement/2016/dp-pd/prof/details/page.cfm?Lang=E&Geo1=CSD&Code1=3519028&Geo2=PR&Code2=35&Data=Count&SearchText=&SearchType=Begins&SearchPR=01&B1=All&GeoLevel=PR&GeoCode=3519028 )

Total Household Income Vaughan

Vaughan’s median household income in 2015 was $105,351, which is higher than the median household incomes of $95,776 in York Region, $74,287 in Ontario and $70,336 in Canada. 52.7% of households reported incomes greater than $100,000, 15.3% greater than $200,000 and 14.67% earn less than $40,000.

(Source: http://www12.statcan.ca/census-recensement/2016/dp-pd/prof/details/page.cfm?Lang=E&Geo1=CSD&Code1=3519028&Geo2=PR&Code2=35&Data=Count&SearchText=&SearchType=Begins&SearchPR=01&B1=All&GeoLevel=PR&GeoCode=3519028)

Schools

In Vaughan, there are a number of elementary and high schools that operate under the York Region District School Board and the York Catholic District School Board. In addition, there are also a few private schools, the largest of which is the Anne & Max Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto.  York University, a comprehensive university with over 43,000 students lies on the border of Vaughan and Toronto.

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