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(Posted 8:30 a.m., Feb. 14)
Orléans population soars to over 100,000

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

For the first time in its history, the population of Orléans has grown to more than 100,000 people.

According to census figures released by StatsCanada last week, the population of Orléans is officially 107,823. That's an increase of 12,302 people since the last census was taken in 2006.

Virtual all of the population growth has occurred in the areas east of Trim Road and south of Innes.

In 2006, the combined population of Springridge and East Village was 2,358. During the past five years it has more than doubled to just over 5,000.

Chapel Hill South and Bradley Estates and experienced more moderate growth with the number of residents increasing from 1,738 to 2,412.

But the highest area of growth has been in the area generally known as Avalon which is bordered by Trim Road in the east, Tenth Line Road in the west and Innes Road to the north.

In 2001, only 1,328 people lived in the area. By 2006, the population had grown to 8,157. According to census data gathered in 2011, the population now stands at 16,687 and is still growing with new home construction moving further south.

Elsewhere in the east end, the number of residents is contracting as communities mature. In the neighbourhoods north of Hwy. 174, including Convent Glen North, Orleans Wood and Chatelaine Village, the population has shrunk from 17,336 in 2001 to 16,202 in 2006 and 15,931 in 2011.

The same story is true in Queenswood Heights where the number of residents has shrunk from 12,953 in 2001 to 11,684 in 2011, and Chapel Hill where the population is now 4,009, down from 4,379 in 2001.

The relative new community of Fallingbrook is also showing the same trend, going from 16,708 residents in 2001 to 15,375 in 2011. The figures do not include the area to the south and east of Charlemagne Blvd. bordered by Portobello Blvd. to the west and Valin to the east, commonly referred to as South Fallingbrook, where the population has grown from 9,049 in 2006 to 10,124.

The census data released last week is limited to population figures only. More detailed data including gender, age, ethnicity and mother tongue will released in May. It is the more detailed data that will be used to plan for future schools and other infrastructure.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

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