Kitchener is located in Southwestern Ontario, in the Saint Lawrence Lowlands. This geological and climatic region has wet-climate soils and deciduous forests. Situated in the Grand River Valley, the elevation is generally above 300 m (1,000 ft). It is one of three cities that make up the Regional Municipality of Waterloo and is the regional seat. The city covered an area of 136.86 km2 and had a population of 233,222 at the 2016 census. It is situated in the Grand River valley, 60 miles (95 km) west-southwest of Toronto and was also known as Berlin until a 1916 referendum changed its name. Kitchener (formerly Berlin), a city in Waterloo county, Ontario, is on the Canadian National Railway, 60 miles west of Toronto, and has an electric railway connection with Waterloo, Hespeler, and Preston.
Settlers are said to have arrived at its site in 1799, but the first recorded settler was Joseph Schneider, from Pennsylvania, who reached the place where Kitchener now stands in either 1806 or 1807. The settlement was first known as Sand Hills and later as Mount Pleasant. Many settlers came directly from Germany in 1830, and the name was changed to Berlin. Berlin was incorporated as a village in 1854, as a town in 1871, and as a city in 1912. The name was changed (1916) to Kitchener during World War, after Field-Marshal Lord Kitchener drowned at sea on June 5, 1916. In recent years city made rapid growth, mainly due to the diversified manufacturing industries located in it and some of them the largest of their kind in Canada. It has also developed into a distributing centre for a large area and has over 40 wholesale or distributing houses. In addition, it has two high schools, a Roman Catholic college, a public library, and a daily evening newspaper.
In June, the average sale price for all residential properties in the Kitchener-Waterloo area was $759,115. It represents a 26.4 percent increase over June 2020 and a 2.6 percent increase compared to May 2021.
The average price of a detached home was $919,914. That represents a 31.9 percent increase from June 2020 and an increase of 5.9 percent compared to May 2021.
The average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $445,493. That represents an increase of 19.3 percent from June 2020 and a decrease of 2.3 percent compared to May 2021.
The average sale price for a townhouse was $590,980. That represents a 29 percent increase from June 2020 and a decrease of 1.9 percent compared to May 2021.
The average sale price for a semi-detached house was $647,918. That represents an increase of 28.3 percent compared to June 2020 and a decrease of 1.8 percent compared to May 2021.
Quality education starts on the first day of school and can continue through the rest of your life. Kitchener is home to public and private schools, colleges, universities and more.
Conestoga College has two campuses in Kitchener: Doon and the Downtown. The job placement rate for graduates six months after they finish their programs is 94.2%. TriOS College has programs in business, healthcare, law and more. Their campus is in downtown Kitchener.
The University of Waterloo's health sciences campus, including their School of Pharmacy, is located in downtown Kitchener.
Wilfrid Laurier University's Faculty of Social Work is in downtown Kitchener, across the street from City Hall.
Kitchener's economic heritage is manufacturing. 20.36% of jobs are directly related to the manufacturing industry as of 2011. The city contains four municipal business parks: the Bridgeport Business park, the Grand River West Business Park, the Huron Business Park, and Lancaster Corporate Centre. The Huron Business Park's largest park is home to several major industries in Kitchener, such as seat manufacturers and furniture components.
The majority of the jobs in Kitchener either falls in the secondary or tertiary sector. In 2014, 28% of jobs available in Kitchener were manufacturing-based. Simultaneously, 72% of the labour force works in the services-producing sector, or the tertiary industry, 25.15% of which is working in the education department. Only 1% worked in the primary sector that is agriculture.
The average home sold price in Kitchener, ON is $759,115.
Around 35% of people live on rent.
65% own their homes in Kitchener.
The median family income in Kitchener is $63,709.
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