Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge Population Change, 2011 to 2016

Here’s the first in a series of maps on Kitchener-Waterloo and the greater Waterloo Region from the 2016 Census.   This map interprets population change per census tract between 2011 and 2016.  Click on the full-screen icon in the lower-right corner to get the full view.

Some notes, here.  Keeping in mind that we’re looking at population change:

  • I’ve rounded out the coloring on the high end and low end to take in account the outliers at both ends of the spectrum.  Some of the rural census tracts show a significant population change between censal years.  Double-digit percentage swings on low populations are more common than in geographies with higher populations.
  • There should be no surprise that the greatest positive change is occuring in the Waterloo and Kitchener cores.
    • Kitchener is benefiting from the redevelopment of its core, but it still has a ways to go in terms of residential
    • Waterloo near King and University is showing a significant positive change, given the construction of so much new housing in that area
  • Remember that a no-change or little-change population density census tract doesn’t mean progress or decline.  it just means no change.  A good example of this is in some of the old-stock neighbourhoods around uptown and downtown, where change is  sometimes minuscule. They might be right on the edge of the downtown/uptown core, but residential change can be hard to come by since the neighbourhoods are firmly established with single-dwelling units and households.



This map was developed with Tableau.  I used to hack out maps with leaflet.js but turned to Tableau to improve development times.  I’m not too happy with the speed in which it renders to the user, though.  A switch back to Leaflet may be in order.