1 What if York Region were a village of just 00 PEOPLE? York Region is a diverse global village, made up of many different types of people of various backgrounds and languages. York Region is also fast-growing. From 00 to 0, York Region recorded a population growth of about 0,000 residents. This population growth was the greatest among all census divisions in Ontario and the third greatest in Canada. In 0, York Region had a population of,0, residents, ranked seventh in Canada. Working with the members of the York Region Data Consortium, The Region shares socio-economic and demographic data with residents and community organizations to facilitate local planning. To help understand York Region residents, this publication uses 0 Census and National Household Survey data to illustrate what York Region would look like if it were a village of only 00 people. This is an updated version of previous publications based on 00 and 00 Census data.
2 Population by Local Municipality What if York Region were a village of just 00 PEOPLE? Newmarket Aurora King Georgina East Gwillimbury Whitchurch-Stouffville From 00 to 0, York Region s population grew by.7%, much higher than the overall population growth rates for Canada (.9%), Ontario (.7%) and the Greater Toronto Area (9.0%). 8 Markham Richmond Hill Vaughan Gender During 00 to 0, Whitchurch-Stouffville was the fastest growing local municipality in York Region, with a growth rate of %, followed by Vaughan at % and Markham at % and over to 8 0 to to 7 Marital Status Among the 8 villagers aged and over: would be married 9 to Age to would be single would be separated or divorced would be widowed 7 to
3 Religion 77 villagers would have a religious affiliation, while would not. Of the 77 villagers with a religion: would be Christian would be Hindu would be Jewish would be Buddhist Compared to Canada and Ontario, York Region has higher proportions of residents who identify themselves as Hindu (%), Jewish (%) and Muslim (%). would be Muslim would be Sikh Ethnic Origin The top five ethnic origins in York Region, in order of highest to lowest population, are: Chinese, Italian, Canadian, English and Scottish. 9 villagers, regardless of country of birth, would be Canadian citizens and would not. Citizenship 8 villagers 8 Visible Minority Among the villagers reported as visible minorities: would be Chinese would be South Asian (e.g. East Indian) would be West Asian (e.g. Iranian) would be Black would be Filipino would be Southeast Asian (e.g. Vietnamese) would be Latin American would be Arab would be Korean would be of another visible minority group would be of more than one visible minority Of the 8 villagers in York Region who would be Chinese, of them would live in Markham.
4 Immigration villagers would be immigrants, of these: 7 would be born in Asia would be born in Europe would be born in Americas (including North, South and Central) villagers would be born in Canada would be born in Africa villager would be a non-permanent resident % of York Region s population are recent immigrants who arrived in Canada between 00 and 0. Knowledge of Official Languages 89 English English and French Neither English nor French In Canada, York Region has the third highest proportion of immigrants in its population (%), after Peel (0%) and Toronto (9%). Language Spoken Most Often At Home 7 English Chinese (including Cantonese and Mandarin) Russian Persian (Farsi) Italian Tamil Korean Urdu Spanish Panjabi (Punjabi) Gujarati would speak a variety of other languages, such as Tagalog (Pilipino), Arabic, Vietnamese, Romanian and French
5 What if York Region were a village of just 00 PEOPLE? Labour Force Occupations Of the employed working-age ( to ) villagers, these are the occupations in which they would work: business, finance or administration sales or services management education, law, or social, community and government services natural or applied sciences trades, transport or as equipment operators health Highest Level of Education villagers would be of working-age ( to ) Of these villagers: would not have graduated from high school would have a high school diploma would have an apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma would have a college diploma or certificate would have a university certificate below bachelor level would have a bachelor s degree would have a university certificate or diploma above bachelor level would have a specialized degree, master s degree, or have earned a doctorate manufacturing and utilities art, culture, recreation and sport Three per cent of the employed residents in York Region are seniors aged and over. Among employed seniors, % are self-employed, compared to only % for the entire employed population aged and over. Employment Of the working-age ( to ) villagers, of them would be in the labour force. Of these villagers: would be employed would be unemployed Of the employed working-age ( to ) villagers: 8 would work for someone else would be self-employed
6 Place of Work Of the employed working-age ( to ) villagers: villagers would work at a fixed address 7 would have no fixed work address would work from home For all employed York Region residents aged and over who commute to work: % would commute within York Region 7% would commute within the Greater Toronto Area % would commute to somewhere outside of the Greater Toronto Area Commuting Time Of the 0 working-age ( to ) villagers who travel to work: Transportation Of the 0 working-age ( to ) villagers who commute to work: would be less than minutes villagers would drive to work would be to 9 minutes would take public transit to work 7 would be 0 minutes or more would be 0 to minutes would be to 9 minutes would catch a ride with someone else to work would walk to work Living Arrangement In York Region, only % of seniors (aged and over) live alone, compared to % of seniors in Ontario and 7% in Canada. 9 villagers would live with family would be living alone would be living with relatives would be living with non-relatives
7 Housing York Region has the highest rate of home ownership in the Greater Toronto Area, with 88% households being owned and % being rented. Spending on Housing % of York Region homeowners spend 0% or more of their gross household income on shelter costs, the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation s housing affordability threshold. This makes York Region the third highest in Ontario and fifth highest in Canada. % of renters in York Region exceeded the housing affordability threshold, the highest proportion in the Greater Toronto Area and higher than those of Ontario (%) and Canada (0%). Individual Income The median individual income for residents in York Region (aged years and over) was $, in 00 compared with $9,878 for the Canadian population and $0, for the Ontario population. Family Income 8 At $97,7, York Region had the second highest median family income in the Greater Toronto Area. Halton was highest at $07,9. Among the different family types, couples with children in York Region had the highest median family income of $,97, followed by couple-only families ($80,0) and lone-parent families ($7,). Unattached individuals had the lowest median family income at $,.
8 York Region is a Global village This document provides an overview of York Region s socio-economic makeup and encourages a deeper understanding of our community. Generally, York Region continues to be a home to two-parent families, people who are homeowners, people from different cultures and highly educated people. We are a relatively young, vibrant, bright and stable labour force made up of high-income earners. However, our rapid growth, increasing diversity, aging baby boomer population and the high rental and housing prices in York Region are all indicators of how York Region is changing. As the region becomes more culturally and racially diverse, there is a need for our services, businesses and communities to be flexible enough to accommodate changing needs and expectations. Knowing this, we can use the knowledge and perspectives that our residents bring from across Canada and the world to grow economically and socially. It is important to understand who we are to better plan for our residents who have been here for generations and for those who are newer to York Region. Planning together will allow us all to continue to enjoy a high quality of life and gain the benefits of living in this global village. To view the 00 and 00 Census versions of this document, or for more details and socio-economic information about York Region s residents, please visit The Regional Municipality of York website: For information regarding the comparability and data quality of the 0 National Household Survey, please visit Statistics Canada: The document is produced by The Regional Municipality of York, Community and Health Services Department. If you have any questions, please contact Endnotes: In this document, Ontario refers specifically to all census divisions in Ontario. In this document, Canada refers specifically to all census divisions in Canada. It should be noted that the 0 National Household Survey estimates were derived from a voluntary survey and are therefore subject to potentially higher non-response error than those derived from the mandatory 00 Census Long Form. Thus, data from 0 National Household Survey may not be comparable with those from the 00 Census Long Form. The number of villagers is determined by the percentage distribution of the population. In the calculation process, percentages are rounded up or down to add up to 00. In the 0 National Household Survey (NHS), respondents were able to select more than one ethnic origin. As the data were not separated for single- and multiple-responses, so proportion of the population that reported for a particular ethnic origin could not be calculated. Specialized degree refers to a degree in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or optometry. 7 Fixed address refers to a location other than place of residence. 8 Family income was calculated based on income for economic families. An economic family is defined as two or more persons who live in the same house and are related to each other by blood, marriage, common-law or adoption. _0_0
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