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MONTRÉAL

MONTRÉAL

Facts and Figures:

Montréal, Québec

Census Metropolitan Area (aka CMA), consists of nearly 100 municipalities, including Montréal, Laval and Longueuil

Population:

4 million (2013 census) in the CMA; Canada's second most populous metropolitan area after Toronto’s GTA

Age Breakdown:

44% under age 35;
15.7% between 25-34;
7.2% between 20-24;
5.5% between 15-19

Median Family Income:

$ 63,790

Montréal is the most bilingual metropolis in North America and the second largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris. Located on an island 499 km2 in the middle of the St. Lawrence River, it was colonized by the French and later the British. Today the population of Greater Montréal is approximately 3.6 million, with 53% of its inhabitants bilingual (French and English), and 20% using a third language (in addition to French and English). It is considered the most ‘European’ city in Canada, and is known for its endless arts and culture festivals, fine cuisine, beautiful architecture, and multi-cultural demographics. With the migration from many different nations, the city is buzzing with cultural diversity.

Montréal ranked first for university research in Canada – small wonder for a city with two French-language and two English-language universities! The city centre feels like one big university town and is teeming with students, both from Canada and from abroad. There are also around 30 English-language secondary schools and many dozens of French-language and independent schools just in the immediate vicinity to the city centre.

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