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Demographics and Geography

A Dynamic City Cradled in Nature

Regional capital of the Eastern Townships, Sherbrooke is Québec’s sixth largest city. Located in the South-East of the Province of Québec, Sherbrooke is blessed by its proximity to Montréal, Québec, Boston and New York.  With more than 50% of the regional demographic population of the the Estrie region, Sherbrooke is the cultural hub, administrative and institutional. Sherbrooke’s unique atmosphere is enriched by the presence of people from many cultural heritages.

In brief

  • Over 159,400 residents
  • Exceptional natural environment
  • Dynamic economic and commercial sectors
  • 366.4 km2 area
  • 6 boroughs mostly located in urban zones
  • Recognized educational institutions
  • Modern cultural and sports facilities
  • 174 free wireless Internet access points (ZAP Sherbrooke)
  • Public transportation network with attractive pricing for students at Cégep de Sherbrooke (professional and vocational college), Séminaire de Sherbrooke (private high-school and professional and vocational college) and Université de Sherbrooke
  • 147 km from Montréal (1 h 30 min)
  • 30 minutes from the US border


Nature… in the city

Sherbrooke is a city where nature abounds and spectacular scenery accents its natural beauty.

Nestled in the heart of the Appalachian Mountain chain, the region’s irregular landscape consists of beautiful hills and valleys.

Two major rivers converge in the downtown area, bestowing unique charm and character to the city known as the Cité des rivières (City of Rivers). Sherbrooke also has two lakes; one of which, the lac des Nations, is nestled in the very center of the city and is surrounded by a promenade and paths used by hundreds of citizens throughout the year who enjoy walking, cycling, or skating in the city’s beautiful surroundings.


A multi-faceted metropolis

Demographic perspectives (2006-2026) foresee a population growth of 9.3% for Sherbrooke (*), higher than the predicted growth rate for Estrie (8.1%) and that of the entire province (6.3%).

Approximately 40% of Sherbrooke’s population is bilingual (English/French).

Historically, Sherbrooke is a metropolitan area which welcomes many international immigrants. Its dynamic immigrant population (6.3%) is a considerable asset to the community. According to Sherbrooke’s Service d’aide aux néo-Canadiens (a welcoming organization for immigrants), over 100 different nationalities and close to 50 languages are represented here.

With its 2 universities and 4 colleges, Sherbrooke is an important university town in Québec.  More than 20% of the population goes to school and 17% are in post-secondary programs (**).  This explains the high proportion of Sherbrooke denizens between the ages of 25 and 44.


* Institut de la statistique du Québec
** Data obtained from the City of Sherbrooke – according to a study performed by GATE, 2008, and registration statistics from post-secondary establishments in Sherbrooke