Ottawa borders Gatineau, Quebec; the two form the core of the Ottawa–Gatineau census metropolitan area (CMA) and the National Capital Region (NCR).
The 2011 census reported a population of 883,391 within the city, making it the fourth-largest city in Canada, and 1,236,324 within the CMA, making it the fourth-largest CMA in Canada.
The City of Ottawa has since estimated it had a population of 951,727 in 2014.
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It stands on the south bank of the Ottawa River in the eastern portion of southern Ontario.
Its original boundaries were expanded through numerous minor annexations and were ultimately replaced by a new city incorporation and major amalgamation in 2001 which significantly increased its land area.
The city name "Ottawa" was chosen in reference to the Ottawa River nearby, which is a word derived from the Algonquin word Odawa, meaning "to trade".and it is home to a number of post-secondary, research, and cultural institutions, including the National Arts Centre and the National Gallery.Ottawa also has the highest standard of living in the nation and low unemployment.It ranks second out of 150 The area was used for wild edible harvesting, hunting, fishing, trade, travel, and camps for over 6500 years by local populations.The Ottawa river valley has archaeological sites with arrow heads, pottery, and stone tools.The area has three major rivers that meet, making it an important trade and travel area for thousands of years.