Census: Avg #BurlON house $632k; high home ownership; pop growth 4.5% – mostly from immigration

Burlington Citizenship Ceremony

2016 Census data was released on Wednesday on Immigration, Ethnocultural Diversity, Housing, and Aboriginal Peoples. The Burlington Economic Development Corporation has provided a brief summary about how we compare regionally and provincially.

A few key takeaways include:
  • Burlington has a population of 180,125 citizens in private households: 136,680 (75.9%) are non-immigrants, while 42,465 (23.6%) are immigrants and 980 (0.5%) are non-permanent residents. This number is different than the overall population of 183,314 that uses a 100% sample size and includes marginal dwellings.


  • Burlington has grown by 7,535 people between 2011 and 2016 – a 4.3% overall growth rate. Burlington has attracted 5,635 immigrants, which made up 74.8% of this growth.


  • Burlington has been attracting a higher percentage of immigrants from Europe and the Americas (20% and 17%, respectively) than the geographies of Hamilton CMA, Halton, Ontario and Canada during the last census period; however, Burlington attracts less people of Asian decent (52% of recent immigrants) compared with Ontario (69% of recent immigrants).


  • In Burlington, there are 71,375 private households. Of this, 76% own and 24% rent. Home ownership in Burlington is higher than in Ontario where 70% own and 30% rent.


  • Burlington has an average housing price of $632,556, which represents an increase of 177% since 2001. Burlington has a median housing price lower than Oakville and Halton Region, comparable to Milton, and higher than Ontario and Canada.
The next release of Census Data will be November 29th and will include Education, Labour, and Journey to work.

Written by Marianne Meed Ward

I was inspired to seek public office because I believe, like so many of you, “I can do something about that” on the issues we face. As councilor, my role is to take a stand on what’s best for residents and go to bat for it. Pushback is inevitable from those who don’t have the community’s interests at heart. I will stand with you and for you, to achieve the best interests of our city, without caving to unacceptable compromise in the name of consensus.


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  1. Jim Redfearn. Hey Marianne. This is what the job should entail. It is the citizen’s interests that should be looked after. Based on the meeting you attended the other day about the rezoning and building of 233 condo townhouses by National Homes on Brant St and Havendale it would appear that our councillor Rick Craven does not support his Wards wishes. Pretty obvious how he will vote based on his reluctance to state how he would vote given the proposed changes by National homes. I was further not very impressed with the Planners perceived perspective on what should happen!

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