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Hamilton, Ontario

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Welcome to Hamilton ...

When the people of Hamilton refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Hamiltonian<1>

From the 2006 Statistics Canada (StatCan) census, Hamilton had a population of 504,559 people.<2>

The Lake Ontario city of Hamilton was incorporated June 9, 1846.

The origin (or the toponymy) of Hamilton: Named after George Hamilton (1788-1836), a merchant and politician. During the War of 1812, he was a Captain with the Niagara Light Dragoons and was at the capture of Detroit and the battles of Queenston Heights and Lundy's Lane.

Hamilton is 290 feet [88 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Hamilton lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time. The time zone in French: EST- Heure Normale de l'Est (HNE), EDT- Heure Avancée de l'Est (HAE).

Area Codes for Hamilton: (289)<4>, (365) and (905)

The Canadian Postal Codes for Hamilton: L8E, L8G, L8H, L8J, L8K, L8L, L8M, L8N, L8P, L8R, L8S, L8T, L8V, L8W, L9A, L9B, L9C, L9G, L9H, L9K, L9V<5>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2006 StatCan census, Hamilton had a population of 504,559 people.

The population of Hamilton represents 4.15% of the population of Ontario (which had 12,160,282 people at that time), making it Ontario's 4th most populous community.

With a 2006 count of 504,559 people, the population of Hamilton increased 2.91% from the 2001 StatCan census (which had a count of 490,268 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Hamilton.

Communities near Hamilton ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance from Hamilton and not the distance if driven.<6>.

Community   2006
Albion Falls   [Map]   ---   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
Aldershot   [Map]   ---   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
Burlington   [Map]   164,415   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
Clappison's Corners   [Map]   ---   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
Cootes Paradise   [Map]   ---   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
Dundas   [Map]   ---   W   4 miles [6.4 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities, please visit the Nearby Page for Hamilton.

Communities Also Named Hamilton ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 75 communities that are also named Hamilton - they are located in Alabama (2), Alaska, Arkansas (2), California (3), Colorado (4), Florida (2), Georgia, Illinois, Indiana (5), Iowa, Kansas (5), Kentucky (3), Louisiana, Manitoba, Maryland (2), Massachusetts (2), Michigan (3), Minnesota, Mississippi (2), Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey (2), New Mexico, New York (2), North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio (2), Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania (2), Prince Edward Island, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas (2), Virginia (4), Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin (3) and Wyoming.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Hamilton.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Hamilton. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Hamilton:

Websites for Hamilton ...

Official Website:
Chamber of Commerce:
Junior League:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Hamilton ...

Looking for more information about Hamilton? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Hamilton, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Hamilton.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Ontario

About Ontario

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Hamilton:

The official website for Province of Ontario:

Footnotes ...

<1>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Hamilton refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Hamilton may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.

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<2>Unless noted otherwise, the population counts we use should be considered estimates. Our population values for Hamilton were taken from various sources and although they can be traced back to Statistics Canada (StatCan), they should not be considered official.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Hamilton - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>Of the area codes for Hamilton, area code (289, 365) is an overlay.

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<5>The Canadian Postal Code consists of 6 characters, where the first three characters are the 'Forward Sortation Area (FSA)', with the last three characters being the 'Local Delivery Unit (LDU)'. In the case of Hamilton, we provide only the FSA and not the LDU. The Canadian Postal Codes were created as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. So keep in mind that any given Postal Code is only 'loosely' associated with a community (such as Hamilton). The boundaries of the Postal Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other Postal Codes. When looking for a Postal Code, whether Hamilton or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the Canada Post / Postes Canada.

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<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Hamilton) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Hamilton. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Hamilton

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hamilton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.2549, Longitude: -79.8671     [Map].

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