Laval is a city that is located in the province of Quebec, which is part of Canada. It is Montreal’s largest suburb, as well as the largest city in Quebec. It is also the 13th largest city in the country. Population data from 2016 show that the city’s population was 422,993.
City Size and Population Density
The city covers a total area of 247.23 square kilometers (95.46 square miles), which brings the current population density to about 1,710.9 residents per square kilometer (4,431 people living per square mile).
Taking a closer look at the population shows that there are more women than men – accounting for 51.5% of the total population according to Census data. The median age of the city is 40.9 years. Over 17% of the population is under the age of 14, while over 15% are 65 years or older.
Over 46% of the population are native to Canada. Almost one-quarter of the population is of French origins. Other ethnic groups residing in this diverse city include Italians, Greeks, Irish, Haitians, Lebanese and English – although there are many more ethnic groups. Over 85% of the population is White, with the next largest group being Blacks, who account for 4.6% of the population. A total of 3.8% of the population are Arab, while there are also groups of Latin Americans, Chinese, Koreans, and other ethnicities.
Over 60% of the population speaks French, while English, Arabic, Greek, Italian and other languages are spoken in Laval.
The city has seen steady population growth since the early 1900s, most recently posting population growth of 5.3% between Censuses taken in 2011 and 2016, with no signs of slowing in the near future.