In a reversal of a national trend, census date has revealed that Brampton has almost double the amount of children (14 and under) than seniors (older than 65).

Statistics Canada released today their latest sets of data regarding age, sex, and the types of dwellings that people in Canada live in.

While 68.6 per cent of the city is between the age of 15 and 64, with very even proportions in five-year intervals, 20.3 per cent are children, and 11.2 per cent are seniors.

In contrast, 16.9 per cent of Canadians are seniors while 16.6 per cent are children.

The sex split in Brampton is relatively even, though there are 6,570 more women than men.

There is currently no information on the amount of people who declined to put down a sex due to a different gender identity or other factors, as there was no option. Statistics Canada did tell transgender individuals during the census last year to put down comments.

There are only 75 people in Brampton that are over the age of 100; most of them are women (60) compared to men (15).

The new batch of census data also reveals the living conditions of Bramptonians in 2016.

The number of private dwellings in Brampton numbered 168,010.

Statistics Canada defines a private dwelling as “set of living quarters with a private entrance either from outside the building or from a common hall, lobby, vestibule or stairway inside the building. The entrance to the dwelling must be one that can be used without passing through the living quarters of some other person or group of persons.”

This includes houses, apartments, condos, basement apartments, etc. This doesn’t include dwellings such as rooming houses, group homes, nursing homes, hospitals, jails, etc.

Not surprisingly, single detached houses make up 52.1 per cent of the city’s housing stock. Semi-detached and townhouses follow.

Basement apartments would likely classify as duplexes. There are 11,235 of those in the city.

Surprisingly, there are 25 households in Brampton that would classify a movable dwelling as their primary residents. Because we don’t have any large rivers or lakes nearby, these people likely live in RVs.

The average household size is 3.5 people. 42,060 households identify as having five or more people living in them. This accounts for 25 per cent of all households in the city.

There is still a lot more census data to be revealed. The last four sets will be revealed monthly from August to November. This includes martial status, language, income, diversity (ethnicity/immigration status), education, labour, and commuting.


You can check out Brampton’s census profile for yourself here.

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