Why you'd want to live in Dufferin
With rolling green pastures, winding roads and views of the trees and escarpment, this area is the quintessential backdrop for the Ontario farm. Originally an agriculturally based economy, Dufferin's economy has diversified to include commercial and retail businesses, industries related to residential and commercial construction (building, supplies, aggregates, real estate) and manufacturing. A portion of Dufferin’s economy still depends on agriculture but tourism is becoming more important as the county takes a more positive role in attracting visitors. Dufferin County covers an area of 1,486.31 square kilometres (573.87 sq mi), and its population is 61,735 (2016). The County of Dufferin, sits on the fringe of the Greater Toronto Area, about 100 kilometres northwest of Toronto. It is largely a rural county with three urban settlement areas, namely Grand Valley, Orangeville and Shelburne. The Town of Orangeville, the county seat, is situated on the southern border of the county and is the largest urban centre, with just over half the population.