Canada is the second-largest country in the world, with a land area of more than 9.9 million square kilometers. Despite its vast size, however, most of Canada’s population is concentrated in a relatively small area. About 90% of Canada’s population lives within 160 kilometers (100 miles) of the Canadian/United States border. In this article, we will explore this concentration of population and what factors may contribute to it.
The reasons for this concentration of population are complex and multifaceted. One reason is historical, with many of Canada’s major cities and urban centers near the U.S. border. Additionally, the climate in much of Canada’s northern regions is harsh and bleak, making it difficult for people to live and work there.
About 90% of Canada’s population is concentrated within 160 kilometers (100 miles) of the Canada/United States border.
Economic factors also play a role in this concentration of population. Many of Canada’s largest industries, such as finance, technology, and manufacturing, are concentrated in urban centers near the U.S. border. Additionally, the U.S. market is a significant driver of the Canadian economy, with many Canadian businesses relying on cross-border trade to thrive.
Despite this population concentration, efforts are underway to encourage growth and development in Canada’s more remote regions. For example, the Canadian government has launched several initiatives to attract immigrants to smaller communities and rural areas, hoping to spur economic growth and revitalize these areas.
About 90% of Canada’s population lives within 160 kilometers (100 miles) of the Canada/U.S. border, with historical, climatic, and economic factors contributing to this concentration of population. However, efforts are being made to encourage growth and development in Canada’s more remote regions, hoping to create more diverse and vibrant communities nationwide.
- Geographic Concentration of Population by Statistics Canada
- Immigration to Rural Areas in Canada by the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation