Profile of Port Colborne

Community Profile of Port Colborne
  Port Colborne Niagara region Ontario
Population
Population density per square kilometre 152.5 230.5 13.4
Population of 2001 18,450 410,574 11,410,046
Population of 2006 18,599 427,421 12,160,282
Population change 0.8% 4.1% 6.6%
Lone female parent 24.7% 21.9% 20.0%
Lone male parent 6.4% 5.4% 4.5%
Population who immigrated to Canada in the last five years 7.2% 10.4% 17.1%
Aboriginal identity 2.1% 1.6% 2.0%
Visible minority status 1.5% 6.3% 22.8%
Housing
Total private dwellings 8,519 179,903 4,972,869
Private dwellings occupied by usual residents 7,791 169,425 4,554,251
Land
Land area (square km) 122.0 1,854.2 907,573.8
Education
People ages 25-64 who have not completed high school 16.1% 14.0% 13.6%
Knowledge of neither English nor French 0.3% 0.6% 2.2%

Source: Statistics Canada, Census 2006.

Population Density

Port Colborne has a relatively large rural area compared to the rest of Niagara. In Port Colborne, there are approximately 152.5 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 Port Colborne grew by 0.8%. This means the population in Port Colborne grew much less than the population of Niagara (4.1%), and even less than the population of Ontario (6.6%).

Population who did not Graduate from High School

As of 2006, 16.1% of the population of Port Colborne 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

Port Colborne has a higher percentage of single mothers (24.7%) among the families with children at home compared to Niagara (21.9%) and Ontario (20.0%). Port Colborne also has a higher percentage of families with single fathers (6.4%) than Niagara (5.4%) and Ontario (4.5%).

Language, Immigration and Aboriginals

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

In Port Colborne, 1.5% of people are a visible minority, which is much lower than the visible minority population of Niagara (6.3%), but is even lower than Ontario (22.8%). In terms of immigration, 7.2% of the population of Port Colborne immigrated in the last five years, which is lower than Niagara (10.4%) and even lower than Ontario (17.1%).

In 2006, a greater percentage of the total population of Port Colborne is Aboriginal (2.1%) compared to Niagara (1.6%), but similar to the percentage of population of Ontario classified as Aboriginals (2.0%). However, only Aboriginals who live off reserve were surveyed by the census.

Income Profile of Port Colborne
  Port Colborne Niagara region Ontario
Low income before tax 12.7% 12.0% 14.7%
Low income after tax 8.8% 8.4% 11.1%
Low income families with children or youth less than 18 years old (before tax) 14.6% 15.0% 18.0%
Low income families with children or youth less than 18 years old (after tax) 9.7% 10.5% 13.7%
Source: Statistics Canada, Census 2006.

Population with low income

Port Colborne has a similar percentage of people considered as living in low income (before tax) (12.7%) than Niagara (12.0%) and a lower percentage than Ontario (14.7%). The same follows for the ‘after tax low income’ percentages. After taxes, the percentages of people living within the low income bracket are as follows: 8.8% for Port Colborne, 8.4% for Niagara, and 11.1% for Ontario.

Low Income Families

In Port Colborne, 14.6% 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 9.7%, which is lower than in Niagara (10.5%) and Ontario (13.7%).


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