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London’s population is growing and getting younger: Census

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Young families moving to London during the pandemic seem to be making their mark.

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The median age in Forest City has risen from 39.7 to 38.8, according to the latest 2021 census data released Wednesday morning. A similar decline was seen in the wider region, the London Census Metropolitan Area which also includes Strathroy, St. Thomas and parts of Elgin and Middlesex counties, where the median age fell to 40, compared to 40.7.

“London has actually gotten younger, in terms of median age. That’s kind of interesting,” said Don Kerr, a demographer at Western University’s King’s University College. “It’s migration, not fertility. “

Across Canada, the monstrous baby-boomer cohort continues to dominate, with more than one in five working-age people between the ages of 55 and 64, an all-time high for Canada since the census began. The number of people aged 65 and over has grown six times faster than the number of children under 15 across the country.

The population aged 65 and over in London and the region has increased by 18.8% since the last census in 2016, while that of those aged under 14 has increased by 10.4% over the same period. There are now 140 Centenarians — people over the age of 100 — in the London area.