Like its counterpart across the Detroit River, Windsor is a city that has enjoyed the ups and downs of the North American automobile industry. With the announced closure of some of Windsor’s manufacturing plants, the economic future of the city may be in for changes. Growing in population at a rate of 5.0% from 2001 to 2006, Windsor’s growth is about average for Canada but trails major cities in Ontario and Alberta in particular.
First settled by Europeans in 1701, incorporated as a village in 1854, as a town in 1854, and finally as a city in 1892, Windsor has come a long way in its lengthy history. The City of Windsor now stands at a population of 323,342, with a projected population of over 350,000 by 2012. The average age of residents is 36.0 and features a large student population. In the average year 16,000 full- and part-time students attend the University of Windsor.