Located in south-central York Region, the Town of Richmond Hill began as a small settlement located partially in the Township of Vaughan and partially in the Township of Markham. Its development was closely linked with the development of Yonge Street, planned primarily as a military road by the first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada, John Graves Simcoe.
Richmond Hill was officially incorporated on June 18, 1872 as a village. The first council meeting was held on January 1, 1873. The town grew as result of its proximity to Toronto. Both travellers and farmers would pass through the town on their way to Toronto markets or to and from communities further north on Yonge Street.
Richmond Hill became the “rose capital” of Canada early in the twentieth century when several large greenhouse operations were constructed. Village council adopted the motto of the Duke of Richmond, for whom the Town may have been named, in the 1920’s. Local artist, William Ashford Wright, created the town crest which included elements of the Duke of Richmond’s coat of arms and roses.
The most recent Census from Statistics Canada indicates that Richmond Hill continues to be one of Canada’s fastest growing municipalities. The Town’s population exceeded 200,000 in 2014.
Richmond Hill has continue to remain a distinctive changing community with strong historical roots. Even during this time of most extensive growth to-date, Richmond Hill has remained a community with a friendly, down-to-earth flavour hence the Town’s un-official motto: “A little north, a little nicer.”
Richmond Hill is home to largest telescope in Canada, the David Dunlop Observatory Telescope. It is bounded by Bloomginton Road to the north, York Regional Road 7 to the south, Bathurst St to the west and Highway 404 to the east. Its southern limit is 4 km north of the Toronto City Limits.
Neighbourhoods in Richmond Hill
Most of the industrial and business areas, including the town’s hotels lies in the southern part of Richmond Hill.
Central Richmond Hill is home to Times Square (which lies along Highway 7 between Bayview Avenue and Leslie Street), a main commercial and entertainment area, consisting of shops, restaurants, housing, malls, plazas and theatres. The main Chinese commercial area is also here, which grew and developed in the 1990’s as Chinese immigration increased in the area.
Historical Richmond Hill is considered to be in the northern part of town. It still consists of farm land, which is being slowly developed.
Trailwood Estates & Bayview Country Estates
Being part of the protected Oak Ridges Moraine, this community is blessed with hilly terrain, blankets of pine forests, winding creeks and numerous kettle lakes. These properties are minutes from the two largest kettle lakes – Lake Wilcox and Bond Lake.
Located just minutes south of highway 407, this prestigious neighbourhood features unique homes boasting tasteful architectural flare through-out. Ideally between Yonge Street and Bathurst Street, it is surrounded by a hub of amenities including: golfing, recreation complexes, medical centers, parks, trails, restaurants, churches, gyms, neighbourhood centres, shopping centers, schools, access to the 407 and the York Regional Transit system.
The North Richvale neighbourhood is surrounded by distinct homes, each boasting history and character. It also is within close proximity to every amenity and is within walking distance to key amenities. Located nearby are numerous restaurants featuring decadent cuisines from all over the world, grocery stores, pharmacies, doctor offices, schools, places of worship and much more.
This neighbourhood is located in the heart of Richmond Hill just south of the Heritage Estates Community near Mill Pond Park. It is located within walking distance to the sought after Pleasantville Public School and to the Mill Pond area. The park has numerous trails and is home to a variety of wildlife species such as swans and beavers. It also hosts concerts, flower shows and the annual winter carnival. It truly is a magical and mystical setting to see!
The Oak Ridges neighbourhood in Richmond Hill boasts a harmonious balance of environmental conservation and thriving urban development. Situated on the protected Oak Ridges Moraine, this neighbourhood is blessed with hilly terrain, blankets of pine forests, winding creeks and numerous kettle lakes. This neighbourhood is home to all amenities including shops, market, restaurants, places of worship and to some of the best schools in the country. It is also conveniently located between Bathurst Street and Yonge Street and is only 15 minutes away from the major 400 series of highways: Highway 404 to the east, Highway 400 to the west and Highway 407 to the south.
Lake Wilcox (Oak Ridges)
A harmonious balance of environmental conservation and a thriving urban development. Being part of the protected Oak Ridges Moraine, this neighbourhood is blessed with hilly terrain, blankets of pine forests, winding creeks and numerous kettle lakes. This property is minutes from the two largest kettle lakes – Lake Wilcox and Bond Lake which provide residents with recreational activities all year-round such as skating, fishing and water sports. Other amenities include the Oak Ridges Community Centre & Richmond Green Sports Centre & Park.
Jefferson Forest-Tower Hill
Located within the boundaries of the Oak Ridges Moraine, it is a large wooded area dotted with ravines. Amenities are in place for everyday conveniences with ideal access to Yonge Street. For buyers with children or young couples looking to start a family soon, you’ll be happy to know there is a great selection of public and private schools in the neighborhood.
The prestigious enclave of the Bayview Hills neighbourhood is surrounded by unique custom-built homes all within walking distance to numerous parkettes, schools, Bayview Hill Community Centre & Pool, sport facilities, entertainment complexes and restaurants catering to the neighbourhood’s diverse culture.
Situated in the prestigious Heritage Estates Community this property is located near Mill Pond Park and the Rumble Pond Park. This neighbourhood is located within walking distance to O.M. Mackillop Public School and to Mill Pond Park boasting numerous trails and is home to a variety of wildlife species such as swans and beavers. It also hosts concerts, flower shows and the annual winter carnival. A great focal point for neighbourhood living!
According to the latest data from the 2016 Canadian Census, the population of Richmond Hill is 195,020. The average age is 40.4 years. The ratio of males to females: 1:1.06 or 48.6% Males to 51.4% Females.
Two age groups are highly represented in Richmond Hill: the 40-59 year old group, and the 5-24 year old group. This hourglass shape seen in the chart below is indicative of many developed nations, where the largest groups represent a portion of the “Baby Boomer” generation and their children, respectively.
In Richmond Hill, 58.7% of all dwellings are single detached homes. Other types of dwelling types, such as 5+ storey apartments and row townhouses have been steadily increasing. Row townhouses have increased from 13.8% in 2006 to representing 15.1% of housing in Richmond Hill. 5+ Storey apartments have increased from 12.7% in 2006 to 16.5% in 2016 of all dwelling types in Richmond Hill.
Over a third (37.8 %) of Richmond Hill residents identify English as their mother tongue. Cantonese (12.2%) and Mandarin (11.5 %) are the next most common mother tongues identified in Richmond Hill.
Total Household Income Richmond Hill
Richmond Hill’s median household income in 2015 was $88,353, lower than the York Region median ($95,776), but higher than Toronto CMA ($78,373), Ontario ($74,287) and Canada ($70,336) medians. 43.8% of households reported incomes greater than $100,000, and 13.4% greater than $200,000. 22.5% earn less than $40,000, 8.6% earn less than $20,000.
Richmond Hill is part of the York Region District School Board with 27 public elementary schools, 5 secondary schools and York Catholic District School Board with 13 elementary and 2 secondary schools.
Some private schools in Richmond Hill include Holy Trinity School, Discovery Academy, Toronto Montessori Schools, Richmond Hill Montessori & Private Elementary School.