Norfolk's history has been closely associated with that of the neighbouring Haldimand County. Norfolk was first created as a county in 1792. In 1800, Haldimand was formed from a portion of Norfolk. The two counties were separate until 1974, when they were reunited as the Regional Municipality of Haldimand-Norfolk.
In 2001, the counties were separated again. Although they both retain the name "county" for historical reasons, each is governed as a single municipality, with no formal level of government below that of the county, and thus neither is a true county.
Demographics of Norfolk County (according to Statistics Canada 2001 census) Population: 60,847 Area: 1606.95 sq. km. Pop. Density: 37.95 people per sq. km. Growth Rate (1996-2001): 0.5% Total Private Dwellings: 25359 Median income of persons of age 15 or older: 20,429 Average earnings of all persons with earnings: 27,805 Religion: - Protestant: 55.0% - Catholic: 25.3% - No religious affiliation: 16.8% - Christian (no denomination specified): 2.0% - (Religions with less than 1% are not listed here.)
Surrounding its many small communities is some the most fertile land in Ontario with a mild climate and lengthy growing season, the region has long been the centre of the 'Tobacco Belt', but many farmers have beguin the process of diversifying their crop selections to include Lavendar and Hazelnuts as tobacco consumption continues to decrease.
It is located at the junction of Highway 3, at Highway 24, due south of Brantford, Ontario, and accessible to Hamilton by nearby Ontario provincial highway 6.
It was named after the first Lieutenant governor of Upper Canada (Ontario), John Graves Simcoe; The community of Simcoe should not be confused with SimcoeCounty, located on the north shore of Lake Simcoe, of the many places he is named after in Ontario.
Growth in the town continues at a slow pace, although the addition of a new Toyota parts plant is expected to accelerate that.
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