Profile of Fort Erie

Community Profile of Fort Erie
  Fort Erie Niagara region Ontario
Population
Population density per square kilometre 179.9 230.5 13.4
Population of 2001 28,143 410,574 11,410,046
Population of 2006 29,925 427,421 12,160,282
Population change 6.3% 4.1% 6.6%
Lone female parent 25.1% 21.9% 20.0%
Lone male parent 5.2% 5.4% 4.5%
Population who immigrated to Canada in last five years 12.7% 10.4% 17.1%
Aboriginal identity 3.2% 1.6% 2.0%
Visible minority status 5.5% 6.3% 22.8%
Housing
Total private dwellings 14,251 179,903 4,972,869
Private dwellings occupied by usual residents 12,219 169,425 4,554,251
Education
People ages 25-64 who have not completed high school 15.1% 14.0% 13.6%
Knowledge of neither English nor French 0.3% 0.6% 2.2%
Land
Land area (square km) 166.4 1,854.2 907,573.8

Source: Statistics Canada, Census 2006.

Population Density

Fort Erie has a relatively large rural area compared to the rest of Niagara. There are approximately 179.9 people in one square kilometre compared to 230.5 in Niagara and 13.4 in Ontario.

Population Change

Between 2001 and 2006, the population of Fort Erie grew by 6.3%. This means the population in Fort Erie grew more of the population of Niagara (4.1%), yet less than the population of Ontario (6.6%).

Population who did not Graduate from High School

As of 2006, 15.1 % of the population of Fort Erie between the ages of 25 and 64 had not completed their high school education, compared to 14.0% in Niagara and 13.6% in Ontario.

Lone Parent Families

Fort Erie has a higher percentage of single mothers (25.1%) among the families with children at home compared to Niagara (21.9%) and Ontario (20.0%). As for families with single fathers, Fort Erie has a slightly lower percentage (5.2%) than Niagara (5.4%) and a higher percentage than Ontario (4.5%).

Language, Immigration and Aboriginals

Almost all of Fort Erie residents are able to speak either English or French. Only a small proportion, less than 1%, cannot. This pattern is also seen in Niagara, but in Ontario, the proportion is slightly higher at 2.2%.

In Fort Erie, 5.5% of people are a visible minority, which is similar to the visible minority population of Niagara at 6.3%, but is much lower than Ontario (22.8%). In terms of immigration, Fort Erie has a higher percentage of people who immigrated in the last five years (12.7%) than Niagara (10.4%), but again, this percentage is much lower than that of Ontario (17.1%).

In 2006, there was a higher percentage of Aboriginals (3.2%) living in Fort Erie compared to Niagara (1.6%) and Ontario (2.0%) However, only Aboriginals who live off reserve were surveyed by the census.

Income Profile of Fort Erie
  Fort Erie Niagara region Ontario
Low income before tax 11.4% 12.0% 14.7%
Low income after tax 7.5% 8.4% 11.1%
Low income families with children or youth less than 18 years old (before tax) 16.3% 15.0% 18.0%
Low income families with children or youth less than 18 years old (after tax) 11.0% 10.5% 13.7%

Source: Statistics Canada, Census 2006.

Population with low Income

Fort Erie has a lower percentage of people considered as living in low income (before tax) (11.4%) than Niagara (12.0%) and Ontario (14.7%). The same goes for the 'after tax low income' percentages. After taxes, the percentage of people living within the low income bracket is as follows: 7.5% for Fort Erie, 8.4% for Niagara, and 11.1% for Ontario.

Low Income Families

In Fort Erie, 16.3% of families who are considered low income (before tax) have a child/youth under the age of 18 living with them. After tax this decreases to 11.0%, which is slightly higher than in Niagara (10.5%) but lower than Ontario (13.7%).


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