Saskatoon, Regina among fastest-growing, youngest cities in Canada

CTV News February 6, 2013 - Statistics Canada says Saskatoon and Regina are among the fastest-growing and youngest major cities in the country.

The latest numbers show Saskatoon was the fastest growing census metropolitan area for a third straight year.

The city had a growth rate of 40.4 people per thousand population between July 2011 and July 2012.

Saskatoon was also the youngest major city in the country, with a median age of 34.9.

Meanwhile, Regina tied with Calgary for the second-fastest growth rate with 31.5 people per thousand population.

The two cities also tied for the second-youngest population in Canada, with a median age of 36.

Saskatoon’s population grew by 11,000 people compared to 2011, while Regina’s population increased by 7,000 people.

The agency cites a surge in international and interprovincial migration to Saskatchewan’s two largest urban centres.

Economy Minister Bill Boyd says people who left Saskatchewan for better opportunities are now coming back, while an increasing number of newcomers are calling the province home.

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