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Southwold is a township in Elgin County, in Ontario, Canada, located on the north shore of Lake Erie. It is a rich agricultural zone producing predominantly corn and soybeans. It is part of the London census metropolitan area.

Southwold, Ontario
Township of Southwold
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Southwold, Ontario is located in Southern Ontario
Southwold, Ontario
Southwold, Ontario
Coordinates: 42°45′N 81°19′W / 42.750°N 81.317°W / 42.750; -81.317Coordinates: 42°45′N 81°19′W / 42.750°N 81.317°W / 42.750; -81.317
CountryCanada
ProvinceOntario
CountyElgin
Incorporated1852
Government
 • MayorGrant Jones
 • Federal ridingElgin—Middlesex—London
 • Prov. ridingElgin—Middlesex—London
Area
 • Land301.74 km2 (116.50 sq mi)
Population
 (2016)[1]
 • Total4,421
 • Density14.7/km2 (38/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Postal Code
N0L
Area code(s)519 and 226
Websitewww.southwold.ca

HistoryEdit

Southwold was named in 1792 after Southwold in Suffolk, England. The municipality was incorporated in 1852.

Shedden's growth occurred when the Canada Southern Railway was built, bypassing Fingal. Later it was joined by the Pere Marquette railway, still further boosting Shedden's importance. Both railways are now defunct. Talbotville is situated at the intersection of highways 3 & 4, two of the oldest roads in the region.

Southwold was the site of the 2006 Shedden massacre.

EconomyEdit

The township is home to the Green Lane Landfill, a large garbage dump site purchased by the City of Toronto in 2007.[2] Toronto began shipping waste to the site in 2010. Southwold was also home of the Ford St. Thomas Assembly plant until its closure in 2011.

CommunitiesEdit

 
Shedden

DemographicsEdit

Canada census – Southwold, Ontario community profile
2016 2011 2006
Population: 4,421 (-1.6% from 2011) 4,494 (-4.9% from 2006) 4,724 (5.3% from 2001)
Land area: 301.74 km2 (116.50 sq mi) 301.71 km2 (116.49 sq mi) 301.71 km2 (116.49 sq mi)
Population density: 14.7/km2 (38/sq mi) 14.9/km2 (39/sq mi) 15.7/km2 (41/sq mi)
Median age: 44.7 (M: 44.6, F: 44.8) 43.7 (M: 43.2, F: 44.2) 39.9 (M: 39.4, F: 40.5)
Total private dwellings: 1,655 1,643 1,635
Median household income: $83,942 $71,189
References: 2016[3] 2011[4] 2006[5] earlier[6]
YearPop.±%
19914,351—    
19964,282−1.6%
20014,487+4.8%
20064,724+5.3%
20114,494−4.9%
20164,421−1.6%
[7][8][1]
1996 population would have been 4,273 when adjusted to 2001 boundaries

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Census Profile, 2016 Census: Southwold, Township". Statistics Canada. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  2. ^ "Green Lane Landfill". City of Toronto. Archived from the original on March 1, 2017.
  3. ^ "2016 Community Profiles". 2016 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 21, 2017. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  4. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-07-16.
  5. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-11.
  6. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
  7. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census
  8. ^ "Southwold census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-07-16.