When you think of Markham, beautiful new homes, new subdivisions comes into mind. Markham is the town in Regional Municipality of York. It is part of GTA which is on northeast side of Toronto. Markham is a city which boast's of having one of the best schools of GTA.The town is the fourth largest community within the Greater Toronto Area after Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton with the population of 301,709 at the 2011 Canadian census .
Historically, Markham was named after William Markham, Archbishop of York at the time. Basically , Markham was a agricultural community which eventually evolved into urbanized community after World War II . The completion of Highway 404 during the mid 1970s also participated in accelerating urban development in Markham.
Markham today is mainly driven by its tertiary industry. Business services is currently the number one employer in Markham with nearly 22% of its labour force employed in it. The town also currently has over 800 technology and life sciences companies, with IBM being the town's largest employer. A number of multinational companies also have their Canadian headquarters located in Markham including Advanced Micro Devices, American Express, Johnson & Johnson, Apple Inc, Avaya, IBM, Motorola and Toshiba. Markham is bounded by 5 municipalities; in the west is Vaughan with the boundary along Yonge Street between Steeles Avenue and Highway 7 and Richmond Hill with the boundary along Highway 7 from Yonge Street to Highway 404 and at Highway 404 from Highway 7 to 19th Avenue and Stouffville Road. In the south, it borders Toronto with the boundary along Steeles Avenue. In the North is borders Whitchurch–Stouffville with the boundary from Highway 404 to York-Durham Line between 19th Avenue and Stouffville Road. In the East it borders Pickering along the York-Durham Line.
Markham is further divided into different communities or neighbourhoods, these communities are still original 19th century communities and thus each have its distinctive character to each. In total there are around 39 communities.