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Tucked into the southern portion of Ontario, Kitchener covers over 136 square kilometers and is located next to the Grand River. The city’s population of over 230,000 people has easy access to surrounding communities such as Guelph, Brantford, Mississauga, and Hamilton. Kitchener offers residents a number of festivals and events throughout the year, and the many trail systems encourage people to get outside and explore what the city has to offer.
Typically, residential sale prices in Kitchener can range from $300,000 to $500,000, depending on size and location. Affordable condos, higher priced vacant land, and smaller commercial properties are all on offer in the northern section of the city. Most of the single-family homes in the area are older and tend to be affordable. Single-family homes in the central section are also older and reasonably priced, and the area also provides affordable condo options. Smaller commercial properties can be found here, but vacant land is less common. Some of the city’s more expensive single-family homes can be found in the southern section of Kitchener, many of which are newer builds. Affordable condos, commercial space, and higher priced vacant land are also available.
The availability of rental units in Kitchener has been increasing slightly, which has helped to increase the vacancy rate in the city to 3%. Demand for rental space and an increased maximum cap on rent has contributed to a small increase in rent cost. Two-bedroom apartments make up about 60% of the available units in the city, and many newer-built apartment blocks contain mostly two-bedroom units due to demand for that particular size. Average rent costs in the city range from around $700 for a bachelor apartment to $1,400 for a three-bedroom (or more) apartment.
Kitchener is home to four business parks, which include the Bridgeport Business Park, Grand River West Business Park, Huron Business Park, and Lancaster Corporate Centre. Manufacturing companies often operate out of these business parks, and the manufacturing industry is a large one, accounting for approximately 20% of the city’s labour force. Kitchener has a slightly lower unemployment rate than the national average, hovering around 5% each year. The city’s economy also benefits from other industries such as finance, insurance, digital media, and health science.
Grand River Transit operates many bus routes in Kitchener that are serviced by the company’s fleet of over 240 vehicles. The company also operates buses that link Kitchener with the nearby communities of Waterloo and Cambridge. All of the buses in operation are accessible for those with limited mobility or baby strollers. Kitchener is in the process of developing a rapid transit system called ION, which will connect Cambridge, Waterloo, and Kitchener with bus rapid transit and light rail transit. Residents can also travel via GO Transit (links to Mississauga), VIA Rail (train), Greyhound (long-distance bus), and the nearby Region of Waterloo International Airport.
The Waterloo Region District School Board is the main school board in Kitchener. It operates public schools such as Alpine Public School, Bridgeport Public School, Driftwood Park Public School, Franklin Public School, Margaret Avenue Senior Public School, Queensmount Senior Public School, and Rockway Public School. Catholic primary and secondary schools in the city are operated by the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. There are several post-secondary options to choose from in and around Kitchener, including Conestoga College, which offers programs in business, hospitality, engineering, information technology, life sciences, communications, design, and trades; Stanford International College, with courses in accounting, trades, tourism, information technology, and business; and the University of Waterloo, which has a main campus in Waterloo and a Health Sciences Campus and School of Pharmacy in Kitchener.
THEMUSEUM is a forward-thinking venue that combines elements of art, science, culture, and technology in its exhibits and provides visitors with interactive ways to experience what it has to offer. Exhibits typically focus on themes and artists that aren’t afraid to push boundaries and shine a spotlight on various issues. Victoria Park is the oldest park in Kitchener (opened in 1896), and provides a beautiful greenspace in the heart of the city. The park features flowerbeds, treed areas, manicured lawns, two cannons, a lake, an iron bridge, a picnic shelter, a playground, a splash pad, a basketball court, and rinks for skating in the winter. A historic clock tower at the park’s entrance makes a statement, while a restaurant on the lake provides a convenient dining option.