T.O. now bigger than Chi-Town

On February 6, Statistics Canada released its July 2012 population estimates, placing Toronto's population at 2,791,140. The U.S. Census Bureau puts Chicago’s at 2,707,120.

Toronto says it is now the fourth largest municipality in North America after Los Angeles  (third), New York City (second) and No. 1, Mexico City.

Toronto has a population growth rate of about 38,000 people per year and has sustained that upward trajectory for the past decade, according to city numbers.

While positive for the demand side of the market, investors are just as concerned about the supply side of the equation.

CMHC says new home construction starts in the GTA are expected to be around 37,600 units this year. In the condo segment, in particular, rising inventory is expected to continue to dampen prices.

Data issued by RealNet on February 25 put the unsold highrise inventory at 20,782 units as of the end of January.

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