Community Profile: Hamilton

Region experiencing slower population growth, increasing diversity and higher proportion of low-income residents than the province

couple dancing in a living room jpgBetween 2001 and 2006, Hamilton's population grew 2.8%, which was considerably less than Ontario as a whole (6.6%).  The number of immigrants choosing to live in Hamilton is on the rise, contributing to the increase in diversity.  During this period, 16,560 new immigrants settled in the region which was 2,760 more people than in the previous five-year period (1996 to 2001). This diversity is also evident in terms of languages spoken.  One in four area residents declared a language other than English or French as their mother tongue. Meanwhile, Hamilton workers and their families are earning less than their provincial counterparts. A larger proportion of Hamilton families are in the low-income category (14.3% compared to 11.7% in Ontario). The complete Hamilton Community Profile includes population, labour force, education, income and language information. 

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Community Highlights

  • Hamilton's youth population (13-24) increased by 6.1% between 2001 and 2006. While this is less than Ontario's overall youth increase (9.3%), it is greater than Hamilton's total population growth rate (2.8%).
  • Hamilton's Aboriginal community experienced substantial growth (22%) between 2001 and 2006. Though experiencing strong growth, Hamilton has a relatively small Aboriginal community of 7,630 who make up just 1.5% of the total population.
  • Half of Hamilton's newcomers are from Asia and the Middle East. Europe and Africa are also common places of origin for recent immigrants to Hamilton.
  • Hamilton has a small Francophone community representing 1.6% of the total population. The Francophone population in Hamilton is increasing at a slightly faster rate than the province.
  • Hamilton has a slightly older population compared to the province overall - with 3 in every 20 residents 65 years of age or older.