Chatham-Kent is home to over 23 communities, each with their own unique character and history, but all enjoy the safe and affordable lifestyle with great climate that makes the region popular. In 2021, the average home purchase price in Chatham-Kent was $419,865, making home ownership more of a reality in CK. Located in Southwestern Ontario, between Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair, Chatham-Kent covers a large geographical area of 2,500 sq. km – the same size as the province of PEI - and offers access to water enjoyed by locals across the region. Chatham-Kent's population has steadily been increasing and diversifying. CK is currently home to 104,316 people and over 55 languages are spoken. With a population density of 42.3 people/sq. km, there is plenty of room to grow in CK.
As part of CK Plan 2035 and the Growth Strategy, Chatham-Kent is focused on talent attraction and retention efforts. The working age group (15 to 64 year olds) represents over 60% of CK's population, with a range of educational backgrounds and career opportunities available to them. Local businesses are diversified with a range of small, medium, or large companies, including 141 local companies employing 50 or more people. There is also a strong culture of supporting local and an entrepreneurial spirit in CK, with 2,083 small businesses employing nine or less employees. Key sectors in CK are agriculture, health care, professional services, transportation, construction and manufacturing. On top of diverse career opportunities, CK's workforce enjoys and average of less than 15 minutes to commute to work, enabling the high quality of life and work-life balance that the area is known for.
Chatham-Kent has gained increasing national coverage and rankings for being a great place to live, helping employers attract and retain the talent they need to do business. The city of Chatham has featured on U-Haul's Top 25 Growth Cities in Canada list in 2021, 2020, 2019, 2017, and 2016. Most recently CK ranked 27th on Maclean's list of Best Communities in Canada for 2021. Chatham-Kent is a location of choice for people to live and to do business. The community is located along the 401 offering residents and businesses a geographic sweet spot with an hour commute to the USA border, Windsor and London and 2.5 hours to Toronto.
From urban centers to rural settings, waterside living to the heartland of agriculture, Chatham-Kent has a range of lifestyle options for you and your family. Find the perfect town to make your new home, LivingCK.
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