Profile of Welland

Community Profile of Welland
  Welland Niagara region Ontario
Population
Population density per square kilometre 620.7 230.5 13.4
Population of 2001 48,402 410,574 11,410,046
Population of 2006 50,331 427,421 12,160,282
Population change 4.0% 4.1% 6.6%
Lone female parent 24.3% 21.9% 20.0%
Lone male parent 5.5% 5.4% 4.5%
Population who immigrated to Canada in the last five years 9.1% 10.4% 17.1%
Aboriginal identity 2.4% 1.6% 2.0%
Visible minority status 3.7% 6.3% 22.8%
Housing
Total private dwellings 21,543 179,903 4,972,869
Private dwellings occupied by usual residents 20,717 169,425 4,554,251
Education
People ages 25-64 who have not completed high school 15.7% 14.0% 13.6%
Knowledge of neither English nor French 0.5% 0.6% 2.2%
Land
Land area (square km) 81.1 1,854.2 907,573.8
Source: Statistics Canada, Census 2006.

Population Density

Welland has a relatively high urban area compared to the rest of Niagara. There are approximately 620.7 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 Welland grew by 4.0%. This means the population in Welland was similar to the population growth of Niagara (4.1%), yet less than the population growth of Ontario (6.6%).

Population who did not Graduate from High School

As of 2006, 15.7% of the population of Welland 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

Welland has a higher percentage of single mothers (24.3%) among the families with children at home compared to Niagara (21.9%) and Ontario (20.0%). As for families with single fathers, Welland has a similar percentage (5.5%) to Niagara (5.4%), and a higher percentage than Ontario (4.5%).

Language, Immigration and Aboriginals

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

In Welland, 3.7% of people are a visible minority, which is less to the visible minority population of Niagara at 6.3%, but is much lower than that of Ontario (22.8%). In term of immigration, Welland has a smaller percentage of people immigrating in the last five years (9.1%) than Niagara (10.4%), but again, this percentage is much lower than that of Ontario (17.1%).

In 2006, there was a greater percentage of Aboriginals (2.4%) living in Welland compared to Niagara (1.6%) and Ontario (2.0%). However, only Aboriginals who live off reserve were surveyed by the census.

Income Profile of Welland
  Welland Niagara region Ontario
Low income before tax 14.4% 12.0% 14.7%
Low income after tax 10.2% 8.4% 11.1%
Low income families with children or youth less than 18 years old (before tax) 17.6% 15.0% 18.0%
Low income families with children or youth less than 18 years old (after tax) 12.4% 10.5% 13.7%
Source: Statistics Canada, Census 2006.

Population with low Income

Welland has a higher percentage of people considered as living within low income (before tax) (14.4%) than Niagara (12.0%) and slightly lower than 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: 10.2% for Welland, 8.4% for Niagara, and 11.1% for Ontario.

Low Income Families

In Welland, 17.6% 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 12.4%, which is higher than Niagara (10.5%) but lower than Ontario (13.7%).


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