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Overview of London, Ontario, Canada

The city of London, located in Ontario, Canada, has a total city population of 336,539 (2001) and a metropolitan area population of 432,451 (2001), making it the fifteenth most populated city in Canada. Amongst the forks of the Thames river and halfway between Toronto and Detroit, London has developed into the cultural and economic centre of south-western Ontario. The city is focused on its healthcare and education systems, and is a leader in Ontario tourism and manufacturing. The city is also known as the “forest city”, and is renowned for its parks and the environmental activism of its citizens..

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  • Population: 336,539 (2001)
  • Population Density: 797.9/km2
  • Area: 421.77 km2
  • Latitude: 43°02`N
  • Longitude: 81°09`W
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Elevation: 251 m. above sea level
  • Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
  • Language: English
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History of London, Ontario

London was originally inhabited by many Iroquois and Algonquin communities until European contact and colonization in the 17th century. In 1793, Lieutenant-Governor John graves Simcoe chose the site to be the future capital of Upper Canada, but this choice was rejected due to its limited access from hot-air balloons. In 1993, the city annexed Westminster, a highly populated town to the south of the city. London thus doubled in size, and with extensive development the city has become the fifth largest in Ontario.

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London's Demographics

The city of London, according to the 2001 census, has metropolitan area population of 432,451 and a city area of 336,539, with 51.7% female and 48.3% male. The average Londoner is aged 36.9, as opposed to the 37.6 average of the rest of Canada. Population growth in the city is relatively small, with only a 3.8% rise between 1996 and 2001 as opposed to the Ontario average of 6.1%. The ethnic diversity within the city is relatively small, considering that roughly 91.6% of residents claim to be Caucasian.

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London's Climate

London, similar to the rest of Southern Ontario, has hot summers and exceptionally cold winters. The city also has the highest number of thunderstorms in all of Canada.

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Education in London, Ontario

The Thames Valley District School Board and the London District Catholic School Board control London's highly accomplished elementary and secondary schools. The city also has two successful post-secondary institutions : Fanshawe College and the University of Western Ontario. Fanshawe has an enrolment of roughly 13,000 students and Western of approximately 34,100.

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Transportation around London, Ontario

The junction of the major 401 and 402 highways is located in London, and the 403 highway diverges just east of the city, thus making London central to the Southern Ontario road system. Congestion often occurs within the city during rush hours due to the lack of an urban expressway and the presence of significant railways. There are numerous limousine and taxi services that run throughout the city, as well as 35 bus routes.

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Tourism and Attractions of London

London's major tourist attractions include its extensive forests and parks, the Labatt brewery tours, and a wide range of arts productions including ballet, concerts, and musicals.

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Surrounding Communities

  • London
  • Nilestown
  • Dorchester
  • Crumlin
  • Fanshawe
  • Brockley
  • Lambeth
  • White Oak
  • Uplands
  • Ballymote
  • Thamesford
  • IlldertonArva
  • Ettrick
  • Northcrest
  • Melrose
  • HydePark
  • LoboSiding
  • Kilworth
  • Telfer
  • Komoka
  • Delaware
  • Birr
  • Evelyn
  • ThreeBridges
  • Banner
  • Putnam
  • Silvermoon
  • Mossley
  • Gladstone
  • Derwent
  • Hubrey
  • Brockley
  • WestDelaware
  • Southgate
  • MapleGrove
  • Devizes
  • Plover Mills
  • Salmonville
  • Friendley Corners
  • Thorndale
  • Oliver
  • Cobble Hill
  • Kintore
  • Brown's Corners
  • Wellburn
  • Belton
  • Cherry Grove

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Geography of London, Ontario

The focus of London's geography is the Thames River with the river forking at the centre of the city. The region was geologically formed through the retreat of glaciers in the last ice age, which produced highly productive farmland and marshland. The west and north sections of the city are somewhat hilly compared to the flat eastern half.

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London's Government

The current city mayor for London is Anne Marie DeCicco, who works with the four-member Board of Control and the 14 councillors of the municipal government. Within the federal government London's four seats are taken by two Liberal candidates, and one Conservative and NDP seat each. Provincially, all four of London's seats are held the Liberal party.

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London's Economy and Industry

Insurance, information technology, and vehicle production form the backbone of London's economy. As well, the city is known for its biotechnology and life science research headed by the University of Western Ontario. Other productive industry in the region includes Carling and Labatte breweries and the major Kellogg's factory.

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London's Culture and Significant Events

London is home to numerous festivals throughout the year, including the London Ribfest, the Home County Folk Festival, the London International Children's Festival, and the World music and culture festival. The city is also contains the prestigious Orchestra London, the London Youth Symphony, a professional symphony orchestra, and many museums.

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Sports in London, Ontario

ALondon is home to numerous successful sports teams, including the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, the London Majors of the Intercounty Baseball League, the London Silverbacks of the North American Football League, the London Gryphons women's soccer team, and numerous Western University and Fareshawe College teams.

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Media of London

The city of London is the base of many media producers, including top rated newspapers, radio and television stations and magazines.

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