Scarborough has been attracting new residents for over 200 years and has become the most diverse district in Toronto. That influenced the mix of style presented in the architecture of the Scarborough real estate: high-rise apartment buildings, 1960-s detached houses, rustic bungalows, and Tudor cottages.
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Once a separate small town, Scarborough now forms a part of the city of Toronto alongside North York, Etobicoke, York, and East York. Before amalgamation, Scarborough was an immigration hub, which resulted in its religious and cultural diversity. The district got its name with the help of Elizabeth Simcoe, who was the wife of the first lieutenant governor of Upper Canada – John Graves Simcoe. She was originally from Scarborough, England, and Lake Ontario’s landscapes reminded her of her home.
The 2016 Census shows that 73.4% of Scarborough’s residents belong to the visible minority group. The largest group is represented by people of South Asian origin, followed by Chinese, Black, and Filipino minorities.
Christians make up the majority of the population (49.1%). Among other religions are Hinduism (13.1%) and Islam (10.5%).
The median age in Scarborough is higher than in the rest of Toronto – 40.8 versus 38.9. The largest age group is represented by 45 – 64-year-olds, who make up 28% of Scarborough residents.
The Scarborough General Hospital is the main medicare facility in the district. It is a part of Scarborough Health Network that provides health services all across Scarborough.
Despite being a rural area in many parts, Scarborough has all the perks of Toronto public transportation. It has three subway stations and a developed bus system. Transportation services are provided by GO Transit and York Region Transit.
The closest airport to the area is Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, which is nearly 20 kilometres away. There are two other airports in the vicinity – Toronto Pearson International Airport and John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport.
Four school boards are responsible elementary and secondary education in Scarborough: The Toronto District School Board (public-secular; first language – English) The Toronto Catholic District School Board (public-separate; first language – English) The Conseil scolaire Viamonde (public-secular; first language – French) Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir (public-separate; first language – French)
The University of Toronto Scarborough and Centennial College provide higher education in Scarborough.
Scarborough is proud of its greenery and rural parts, namely, Scarborough Bluffs providing the most picturesque views. There are plenty of parks as well, for example, Guild Park, Port Union Waterfront Park, and Thomson Memorial Park, where you can walk, jog, or have a picnic. Take your kids to Kidstown Waterpark or enjoy a trip to Toronto Zoo, located in the Rouge National Park.
Scarborough’s malls give a lot of shopping opportunities, while Theatre Scarborough provides entertainment for culture aficionados.