October 16, 2003

York Region census data implications

NEWMARKET – The following key trends have been identified through the 2001 census:

• In the 1996-2001 period, York Region was the fastest growing Census Division in Canada (population growth rate of 23% or 137,000 people). 
• York Region’s population was getting older – the median age increased to 35.9 years, but was lower than the national median age of 37.6 years and the provincial median age of 37.2 years.

• In York Region, the proportion of foreign-born individuals increased from 36% in 1996 to 39% in 2001.
• 43,405 or 6% of York Region’s population has immigrated to Canada in the 1996-2001 period.
• In 2001, 24,000 or 3.2% of the population reported to have no knowledge of English or French.
• In 2001, 30% of York Region’s population were visible minorities, increasing from 24% in 1996.
Household Types:
• In the 1996-2001 period, the growth rate of lone parent families (44%) and single person households (33%) was higher than the growth rate of couple families (25%) and multiple person households (25%).
Labour Force and Employment:

• York Region’s employed labour force (15 years and over) increased by approximately 30% from 297,600 in 1996 to 387,700 in 2001. This growth rate was 7% higher that the population growth rate recorded in the same period.
• In 2001, 380,400 people reported working within York Region (including those who live in York Region and those who commute to work in York Region). Therefore, according to the 2001 Census, York Region’s total employed labour force was only 7,300 greater than the number of jobs available in the Region.
• In the 1996-2001 period, the proportion of the total resident employed labour force that worked within the Region increased by 2.4% (or 51,500) from 46.7 % to 49.1%.
Also, according to the 2001 Census, 41.7% of the total resident employed labour force worked outside of York Region, 0.5% worked outside of Canada and 8.7% reported to have no fixed workplace address.
Household Income:

• In 2000, the median income of all private households in York Region was $75,719, increasing by 9.9% from the median income of $68,905 (inflation adjusted) recorded in 1995. Within the province, York Region recorded the highest median income of all private households.
• In the 1995-2000 period, the number of households with total income below $30,000 decreased from 33,695 to 31,740, the number of households in the $30,000-$70,000 range increased from 65,360 to 68,905 and the number of households with total income above $70,000 increased from 78,510 to 122,535.
Despite the significant increase in the number of households with total income above $70,000, there was still a significant number of households with income below $30,000.
• When adjusted for inflation, the number of households with total income below $30,000 increases to 35,794 or 16% of the total.
Housing Affordability:

• In 2000, 43,440 owner households in York Region were spending 30% or more of total household income on housing. This represents 22.6% of all household owners in the Region, the highest proportions in the GTA.
• In the 1995-2000 period, the proportion of owner and tenant households spending 30% or more of the total income on housing increased from 21% to 25%.

Contact:   Masrine Guthrie-Peart, Corporate Communications Services, York Region
- (905) 830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 1236
- Email: masrine.guthrie-peart@region.york.on.ca

The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:  www.region.york.on.ca

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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