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Vaughan (2006 population 238,866) is a city in York Region north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Vaughan is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Canada, having nearly doubled in population since 1991. Vaughan is part of the Greater Toronto Area. Its slogan is "The city above Toronto".
Vaughan is bounded by Caledon, Ontario and Brampton, Ontario to the west, King, Ontario and Richmond Hill, Ontario to the north, Markham, Ontario and Richmond Hill, Ontario to the east, and Toronto, Ontario to the south. It is located at 43°50′N, 79°30′W.
Vaughan is one of southern Ontario's fastest growing cities. According to Statistics Canada, the population grew 37.3% in a mere four year period (more than 9.3% annually), and also has a young age profile than the Canadian average as 22.3% is under the age of 14, while those over 65 constitute 8.15%, one of the lowest in Ontario resulting in an average age of 34.1.
Vaughan is reputably known as having some of the highest concentrations of southern Europeans (notably Italians), Eastern Europeans (chiefly Russians and Poles) and Jewish people in Ontario, while those who are of British and/or Irish origin form a smaller proportion than in many other southern Ontario cities. Around 19% of the population are members of visible minority (non-European/white). Vaughan has a large South Asian population, with Indian and Pakistani Canadians holding a large portion of the non-white population. Vaughan also has a small but growing Hispanic, Jamaican, Vietnamese and Chinese population. Residents of Vaughan are very religious; the city has the lowest number of non-affiliates in Ontario. Some 67.42% of the population adheres to Christianity, mostly Roman Catholicism (55.80%). Those who practice non-Christian religions are also great in number, mostly Judaism (18.20%), Hindu (2.47%), and Islam (2.43%). as well as Buddhist(.56%)
Boyd Conservation Area, park located between Woodbridge and Kleinburg.
Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum
McMichael Canadian Art Collection, located in Kleinburg.
Canada's Wonderland, Canada's largest amusement park located in Maple.
Vaughan Mills, a large mall in the Greater Toronto Area, was constructed in Vaughan in 2004.
York University in North York, Ontario lies on the Toronto side of the Toronto-Vaughan border. It is a major comprehensive university, with more than 43,000 students enrolled through ten different faculties. There are also a number of Elementary and High Schools in Vaughan which operate under the York Region District School Board and the York Catholic District School Board.
Vaughan is home to the Ontario Soccer Association. The OSA is the largest sports organization in Canada, with over 500,000 registered players.
Vaughan is home to the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum.
Vaughan is home to the Woodbridge Softball Association. It has been in existence since 1958.
Italia Shooters - Canadian Soccer League 2006 Champions
Toronto Canada Moose - a Tier II Junior "A" ice hockey team based out of the community of Thornhill (Vaughan/Markham), Ontario. They are a part of the Greater Metro Junior 'A' Hockey League.
Vaughan Vipers - a Tier II Junior "A" ice hockey team. They are a part of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League.
Vaughan Flames - a top level women's ice hockey team. They are members of the Canadian Women's Hockey League.
The Sports Village - a large sports facility in Maple.
Vaughan Rangers - single 'A' and double 'A' hockey team. Member of GTHL.
Vaughan Kings - GTHL hockey team
Vaughn Vikings - baseball team
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