Moving to Kitchener? A Complete Guide to Kitchener Ontario
Why in the world would anyone choose to move to Kitchener, Ontario?!
If you’re thinking of making the move to Kitchener, be sure to read this article first! You want to know what you’re getting yourself into, right? Is moving to Kitchener really for you? I’ll do my best to temper my strong pro-K-Town bias and just stick to the facts. Also be sure to check out the affordability of Kitchener Homes for Sale. You’ll see that compared to most other major cities in Southern Ontario, buying a home in Kitchener is still extremely affordable.
Located right in the heart of Waterloo Region, Kitchener has some beautiful scenery, outstanding job opportunities, and some real family-friendly hotspots! With affordable housing, great neighbours, easy access to-and-from the city, and a plethora of elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools, it’s a smart spot to move the family. We have some outstanding sports teams, a full four seasons of weather, and enough entertainment to keep you social and busy for years.
We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful city, with so much to do and so many great people. If you still need some convincing, you’re in the right place. I did my best to narrow it down to the Top 10 Reasons why you’ll love moving to Kitchener, Ontario. I have been living in Kitchener my entire life and I’m not going anywhere. Living here just keeps getting better and better.
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Before we jump into the Top 10 Reasons to move to Kitchener, let’s get the boring stuff out of the way.
“Kitchener is a city in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, Ontario. Located approximately 100 km (62 mi) west of Toronto, Kitchener is the regional seat. It was called the Town of Berlin from 1854 until 1912 and the City of Berlin from 1912 until 1916.”
“The City of Kitchener covers an area of 136.86 square kilometres and had a population of 233,222 at the time of the 2016 Census. The Kitchener metropolitan area, which includes the smaller, neighbouring cities of Waterloo to the north and Cambridge to the south, has 523,894 people, making it the tenth largest Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) in Canada and the fourth largest CMA in Ontario.”
“Kitchener and Waterloo are considered “twin cities” which are often referred to jointly as “Kitchener–Waterloo” (K–W), although they have separate municipal governments. Including Cambridge, the three cities are known as “the Tri-Cities”. All are part of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, which was created in 1973, when it replaced Waterloo County, which had been created in 1853.” – en.wikipedia
SOME FUN FACTS ABOUT KITCHENER:
- Population (Kitchener) 233,222 (2016)
- Population (Waterloo Region) 535,200 (2016)
- Unemployment Rate 4.8% (2019)
- Median Home Price (Detached) $581,500 (June 2019)
- Median Home Price (Semi-Detached and Townhomes) $435,000 (June 2019)
- Median Home Price (Condominium) $354,900 (June 2019)
Keep reading for the TOP 10 REASONS to move to Kitchener, Ontario!!!
- BEAUTIFUL SCENERY
If you’re coming to Kitchener, you can’t miss the Grand River. It runs through the city, is home to a ton of fish, birds, and wildlife, and is surrounded by trails and parks for people to take it all in. Make sure you swing by Victoria Park at some point too! Right in the middle of the downtown core, this park hosts a ton of annual events and is really just a great place to feed the ducks and geese. And sticking with the wildlife and scenic theme, you’ve got to see the Huron Natural Area. Considering the size of our city, it’s amazing to know that there’s two hundred, sixty-four acres of forest, wetlands & meadows traversed by hiking trails and creeks. Located on Trillium Drive in the south end of our city, Huron Natural Area offers something for everyone – from hikers and joggers, to photographers, bird watchers, and those who simply enjoy basking in nature’s serenity.
Did you know that we’ve been dubbed the next Silicon Valley?! Our tech Sector is booming! With an expanding Google headquarters, other great tech companies like Shopify and Vidyard, and a ton of start-ups, Kitchener is becoming the new ideal home for anyone graduating into the field.
Everyone loves stats, right? Well here’s a fun one for you – the Region’s unemployment rate currently sits at four point nine percent, a full percentage lower than the provincial average. CRAZY! – I know.
3. FRIENDLY FACES
I’m sure it goes without saying in a lot of Canadian cities, but the people here are SO FRIENDLY. We have a very diverse community and it’s hard not to get a cheerful hello from just about everyone when walking down the street.
If you’re looking for some things to do with the family, have no fear, Kitchener is here for you. All year round, Chicopee Ski Hill is open for fun.
When the snow’s gone and skiing isn’t an option, this one hundred, sixty-four acre resort offers summer camps, bike trails, tennis, beach volleyball, and disc golf. Make sure you head over to Bingeman’s as well where you’ll find a huge Boston Pizza complete with the Kingpin Bowling lounge. Bingeman’s also offers, mini-golf, beach volleyball, day camps, paintball and a ton more for people of all ages.
You also can’t miss the Kitchener Market. The city and the staff at the market put a great deal of effort into making the Market a cool place to visit. On top of the many vendors and awesome food stands, this place never stops hosting events from pop-up restaurants, to wine tastings, to face-painting and Easter egg hunts.
There’s always something to do in the city when you’re bored and if you’re not into bowling, skiing, or being active, check-out one of the many music or food festivals held at Victoria or McLennan Park – another great spot filled with volleyball courts, a skate park, and an off-leash dog park.
One of the top attractions that has people moving to Kitchener is the affordability of housing. I’ll skip the stats here but the average price of a home in Kitchener is about two-hundred thousand dollars less than the cities just an hour east of here like Oakville, Brampton, and Toronto. It’s no wonder Buyers are choosing Kitchener and a commute to work over astronomical housing prices.
6. NIGHT LIFE
Once the kiddies are in bed, there’s an active social life here in Kitchener. We have countless restaurants and bars all coming up with cool and unique concepts, recipes, and cocktails to keep us coming back.
We also have a few museums to check out. Now I know that you can take the kids to a museum, but our museum downtown also has the “Museum After Dark” which hosts a bunch of events targeted at young adults and urbanites.
And this one almost goes without saying but in case you’ve been hiding under a rock… Kitchener is home to the largest Oktoberfest in the world, outside of Munich, Germany. For ten days starting on the first Friday of our Thanksgiving weekend, Kitchener leans into its German history with halls and arenas slinging suds and pumpin’ up the folk music.
You should also make sure you check out the Centre in the Square, Kitchener’s home for the Symphony, performance arts, and live theatre.
This may not be true for all cities but but if you’re thinking of moving to Kitchener, we get a full four seasons. Our winters can be a bit rough with icy roads, some large snow falls, and frigid temperatures but our summers do a great job of balancing it out with some high temperatures, and some very humid days.
The best part has got to be watching the seasons change though as we see all of our green space bud in spring and turn to the beautiful reds, oranges, and auburns, in the fall.
When considering a place to live, parents are always curious about the schools their kids will attend. Luckily, Kitchener has a vast array of elementary and secondary schools.
We also have Conestoga College, one of Canada’s largest and fastest growing polytechnic schools. For nine consecutive years, Conestoga has earned the top overall ranking among Ontario colleges on the Key Performance Indicator (KPI) surveys, which measure graduate employment rates and satisfaction levels, and employer and student satisfaction. It is one of only seven polytechnical institutes in Canada.
9. PRIME LOCATION
In addition to our schools and affordability, Kitchener is sought after in large part because of its location and the ease it offers commuters. Being right off the 401, drivers love the ease they’re offered when travelling from city-to-city.
Plus, with the addition of our new ION light rail transit, getting around the city has never been easier!
If you’re like me, you want to know about the local sports teams and golf courses.
Well, the Kitchener Auditorium is home ice for the Kitchener Rangers, our local OHL team; and just outside the arena is Centennial Park where you can find Jack Couch Stadium and our local baseball team, the Kitchener Panthers. Now, if you’re more interested in playing than you are watching sports, head out to one of our city golf courses. There’s Rockway, an 18-hole course near the downtown core, and Doon Valley Golf a 27-hole course with a nine hole pitch-and-put, right next door to Conestoga College. Or head to Golf North’s River’s Edge, a nine hold course on the Grand River. If you happen to have some money to burn or know a member, Deer Ridge Golf Course is a private course that golfers love to play and is nestled on the Grand as well. We also have countless basketball and volleyball courts, baseball diamonds, ice-parks, and a YMCA for all of your recreational needs.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON MOVING TO KITCHENER, ONTARIO
As you can see, Kitchener has tons to offer the whole family and there’s even more that I couldn’t fit into this one article so make sure you check it out for yourselves! I was born and raised here, and I’ve loved watching this city grow and discovering all there is to do and see, and I’m sure you will too! If you’re thinking of moving to Kitchener or anywhere in Waterloo Region, or you’re just curious about the area, please don’t hesitate to give me a call or shoot me an email with any and all of your questions. Find out why people are Making the move to Kitchener here!
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