Sudbury is a largely bilingual city located in Northern Ontario. It is the only city in Ontario with two official names: Greater Sudbury or Grand-Sudbury (French). With a 2006 population of 157,857, about 30% of the population is Franco-Ontarian; the proportion of francophones in Sudbury outnumber the general population (english speaking) of any city in Ontario. Sudbury has been experiencing a slight decline in population during recent years and presently (2008), there are many jobs in the mining field (needed to be filled). In 2001, the population was 155,219—a drop from 2001 population of 165,336. This is mainly due to young ‘Sudburians’ moving to other parts of Canada, especially southern Ontario. Unfortunately with the rising economy in Sudbury comes, and the lack of rental apartments housing prices have increased.
Sudbury has two major tourist attraction that reflect the city's mining heritage: Science North, and Dynamic Earth. Dynamic Earth is also home to the Big Nickel (pictured above) which is one of the city's most famous landmarks. Sudbury is sometimes referred to as "Nickel City" or "the Mining Capital of Canada" because of its nickel and copper mines known as the Sudbury Basin.