Belleville is a city that is located in Ontario, Canada. It is situated along the Moira River and serves as the seat of Hastings County, despite being politically independent. The city was first incorporated as a village in 1836 and became a city in 1878.
Despite its short history, the city of Belleville has experienced population growth in recent years, with recent numbers showing that the population is 50,716. The 2016 census shows a slight growth of population to some 67,666 now residing in the city proper.
Area Size and Population Density
Belleville covers over 82.64 square kilometers, giving the city a population density of 818 inhabitants per square kilometer. The larger metro area has a population of over 92,000 people and stretches across over 286 square miles.
Demographics of Belleville
Most of the people that reside in Belleville are of European descent. Over 90% of inhabitants are White, while 4.4% are Aboriginal, over 3% are Asian, and less than 1% are Black, Latin American, Arab, or Multiracial.
Over 67% of the population is Christian, while over 30% do not follow a religion. The median age of residents is 43.5, which is higher than the national average.
The median value of homes, as well as median household income, also falls below the national average. The city’s population has experienced growth throughout the years, with some periods of slight population declines. However, since 2001, Belleville has seen nothing but growth in terms of its population. Data from 2016 showed a population of over 50,000 residents, reflecting a 1.3% increase from 2011 data. Given these historic population trends, it is to be expected that the city will continue to add to its population in the years ahead slowly.