Profile of St. Catharines

Community ProfileSt. CatharinesNiagara RegionOntario
Population density per square kilometre1,373.3230.513.4
Population of 2001129,170410,57411,410,046
Population of 2006131,989427,42112,160,282
Population change2.2%4.1%6.6%
Lone female parent24.4%21.9% 20.0%
Lone male parent5.6%5.4%4.5%
Population who immigrated to Canada in the last 5 years12.9%10.4%17.1%
Aboriginal identity1.5%1.6%2.0%
Visible minority status10.0%6.3%22.8%
Total private dwellings57,790179,9034,972,869
Private dwellings occupied by usual residents54,730169,4254,554,251
People ages 25-64 who have not completed high school13.9%14.0%13.6%
Knowledge of neither English nor French0.7%0.6%2.2%
Land area (square km)96.11,854.2907,573.8
Source: Statistics Canada, Census 2006.

Population Density

St. Catharines has a relatively large urban population compared to the rest of Niagara. In St. Catharines, there are approximately 1373.3 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 St. Catharines grew by 2.2%. This means the population in St. Catharines grew less than both the population of Niagara (4.1%) and that of Ontario (6.6%).

Population who did not Graduate from High School

As of 2006, 13.9% of the population of St. Catharines 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

St. Catharines has a higher percentage of single mothers (24.4%), among the families with children at home, compared to Niagara (21.9%) and Ontario (20.0%). St. Catharines has a similar percentage of families with single fathers (5.6%) as Niagara (5.4%) and a higher percentage than Ontario (4.5%).

Language, Immigration and Aboriginals

Almost all of St. Catharines 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 St. Catharines, 10.0% of people are a visible minority, which is higher than the visible minority population of Niagara (6.3%), but is much lower than that of Ontario (22.8%). In terms of immigration, 12.9% of the population of St. Catharines immigrated in the last five years, which is higher than Niagara (10.4%), but again, this number is much lower than Ontario (17.1%).

In 2006, a similar percentage of the total population of St. Catharines is Aboriginal (1.5%) as Niagara (1.6%) and Ontario (2.0%). However, only Aboriginals who live off reserve were surveyed by the census.

Income ProfileSt. CatharinesNiagara RegionOntario
Low income before tax14.8%12.0%14.7%
Low income after tax10.5%8.4%11.1%
Low income families with children or youth less than 18 years old (before tax)19.1%15.0%18.0%
Low income families with children or youth less than 18 years old (after tax)13.0%10.5%13.7%
Source: Statistics Canada, Census 2006.

Population with low Income

In St. Catharines, 14.8% of residents are considered as living in low income (before tax). This is higher than Niagara (12.0%) and similar to Ontario (14.7%). After taxes, St. Catharines still has a higher percentage of people living within the low income bracket (10.5%) than Niagara (8.4%), but a lower percentage than Ontario (11.1%).

Low Income Families

In St. Catharines, 19.1% of families who are considered living in low income (before tax) have a child/youth under the age of 18 living with them. After tax, this decreases to 13.0%, which is slightly higher than in Niagara (10.5%) but lower than Ontario (13.7%).

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