Income Profile

Population with Low Income

The percentage of people considered as living in low income (before tax) in Niagara is 12.0% compared to 14.7% in Ontario.

Among municipalities this percentage ranges from 4.1% to 14.8%. West Lincoln, Pelham and Niagara-on-the-Lake sit at the lower end of this range with 4.1%, 4.6%, and 5.3% respectively, while St. Catharines, Welland, and Niagara Falls sit at the upper end having 14.8%, 14.4%, and 13.6% respectively.

Before tax (private house holds) After tax (private house holds) Before tax (less than 18 years old living in them) After tax (less than 18 years old living in them)
Fort Erie 11.4% 7.5% 16.3% 11.0%
Grimsby 8.2% 5.6% 8.1% 6.0%
Lincoln 5.3% 3.8% 4.9% 3.9%
Niagara Falls 13.6% 9.6% 17.8% 12.6%
Niagara-on-the-Lake 5.7% 4.1% 7.9% 6.3%
Pelham 4.6% 3.2% 5.8% 3.9%
Port Colborne 12.7% 8.8% 14.6% 9.7%
St. Catharines 14.8% 10.5% 19.1% 13.0%
Thorold 9.8% 7.0% 13.2% 10.4%
Wainfleet 7.0% 4.3% 8.5% 6.1%
Welland 14.4% 10.2% 17.6% 12.4%
West Lincoln 4.1% 3.0% 4.1% 3.3%
Niagara Region 12.0% 8.4% 15.0% 10.5%
Ontario 14.7% 11.1% 18.0% 13.7%
Source: Statistics Canada, Census 2006.

Among all areas there are smaller proportions of families considered as living with low income (after tax). Throughout Niagara, this percentage is 8.4% as compared to 11.1% for Ontario. Among municipalities this percentage ranges from 3.0% to 10.5%.

Similar to the before tax category the municipalities at the lower end of the range are West Lincoln (3.0%), Pelham (3.2%) and Lincoln (3.8%); and at the upper end of the range sit St Catharines (10.5%), Welland (10.2%), and Niagara Falls (9.6%).

Low Income Families

In Niagara, 15.0% of families who are considered as living with low income (before tax) have a child/youth under the age of 18 living with them in comparison to 18.0% in Ontario. After tax, this decreases to 10.5%, compared to 13.7% in Ontario.

Among these, the lowest percentages both before and after taxes are found in West Lincoln, Lincoln, and Pelham and the largest percentages are in St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, and Welland.


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