Kitchener lies west of the Grand River and just north of the 401, with good highway connections along #7 and #8, as well as a major airport east of the community, and is served by VIA Rail and inter-city bus operators. Kitchener is the area's commercial, manufacturing, financial, and distribution centre and has a population of 210,000 (2006). Kitchener has two hospitals and a local police force.
The community is served by 57 elementary schools, 8 high school, and 4 public libraries. Post-secondary education is available at Conestoga College, with a Kitchener campus, a with University of Waterloo, Wilfred Laurier University in nearby Waterloo, and University of Guelph.
Kitchener is well served by 5 significant shopping malls and plazas, and has a number of vibrant retail areas including Downtown, Belmont Village, along Victoria Street to the east, and along King Street midway to Cambridge.
Kitchener has 4 performance theatres, 4 cinemas, 6 museums, and two public galleries, For athletes, there are 95 baseball diamonds, 77 soccer/football fields, 68 public tennis courts, 5 indoor and 3 outdoor swimming pools, 2 public and 5 private golf courses. There is the Chicopee Ski Hill on the city's SE corner
Kitchener is mature and has a range of homes, both new & resale/ Prices for Single family detached run $220,000 (2006 prices), Semi-detached residential $155,000, Townhouses/Row houses $170,000, and Condominium Units are averaging $120,000.
Kitchener has designated three districts for historical preservation including Upper Doon, Victoria Park and the neighbourhood of veterans' housing around St. Mary's Hospital. The Civic Centre area in the city's core is under consideration.