Facts about the City of Kitchener Located in southwestern Ontario, the area known previously as Ebytown and Sandhills became the Town of Berlin in 1854. In 1912, it became the City of Berlin, a name it held for only four years; in 1916, local pressure to distance the city from its German heritage because of anti-German sentiment in World War I resulted in a decision to re-name the city. Kitchener (named after Boer War Field Marshal Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl of Kitchener) was selected from among the six possible choices which included Adanac, Benton, Brock, Corona and Keowana. In 2004, the city celebrated its 150th anniversary of becoming the Town of Berlin. Kitchener is made up of six wards, 53 planning communities and 30 neighbourhood associations, which cover an area of 136.86 square kilometres. On September 17, 1981, the first ever blue box recycling program was launched in Kitchener. The total estimated population, as of July 1, 2008, was 219,853. CENSUS POPULATION AND ESTIMATES Census* Forecast** 1986 150,605 2011 223,410 1991 168,282 2016 244,030 1996 178,420 2021 265,555 2001 190,399 2026 286,135 2006 204,668 2031 304,655 Source: *Statistics Canada, 2007, **Region of Waterloo, 2007. ETHNIC ORIGIN British Isles - 65,965 Western European - 47,465 Other North American - 35,975 Eastern European - 22,610 Southern European - 19,270 French - 15,125 East and Southeast Asian - 6,965 South Asian - 5,235 Latin, Central and South American - 3,130 Caribbean - 3,005 African - 2,610 West Asian - 2,260 Arab - 1,810 Other European - 1,045 Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census Kitchener also has: 200 parks covering 3,000 acres Four public library branches 115 kilometres of trails Three senior citizens' centres Two public golf courses 11 community centres Seven community pools Five arenas including the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium 117 baseball diamonds 127 paygrounds 94 soccer fields 21 tennis courts 57 elementary schools Eight secondary schools One community college (Conestoga) Two universities – satellite campuses of the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier Unversity The top 10 private employers in Kitchener are Schneider Foods/Maple Leaf Consumer Foods (1,688), Manulife Financial (1,200), Arvato Services Inc. (954), Kitchener Frame Ltd. (750), Rogers Communication (720), Lear Canada (700), Kuntz Electroplating Inc. (650), Dare Foods Limited (590), Krug Inc. (550) and BLM Transportation Group (500). Information contained in this fact sheet was last updated October 2008.