Focus on Geography Series, 2016 Census
Median income of households
- In 2015, the median total income of households in Niagara was $65,086, a change of 0.9% from $64,476 in 20051.
Figure 1.1 Distribution of households by household total income, Niagara and higher level geographies, 2015
Number and median total income of households, Niagara and its census subdivisions, 2005 and 2015
|Geography||Number of households||Median total income of households|
|2006||2016||% change||2005||2015||% change|
|Fort Erie (Town)||12,220||13,185||7.9||56,189||60,800||8.2|
|Port Colborne (City)||7,790||8,020||3.0||58,539||57,244||-2.2|
|West Lincoln (Township)||4,295||4,965||15.6||78,831||91,325||15.8|
|Niagara Falls (City)||32,495||35,775||10.1||60,946||60,727||-0.4|
|St. Catharines (City)||54,725||56,870||3.9||59,721||59,256||-0.8|
Figure 1.2 Median total income of households by household type, Niagara, 2005 and 2015
- In 2015, 63,405 persons or 14.5% were in low income, while in 2005, 11.8% of the persons in Niagara lived in low income2.
- The low-income rate for persons under 18 years of age was 19.1% compared to 14.3% for persons aged 18 to 64 and 10.8% for persons 65 and over in 2015.
- Persons living in lone-parent families had a higher rate of low income at 29.9%, while those living in couple families without children had a lower rate of 6.1%.
Figure 1.3 Percentage of persons in low income by five-year age groups, Niagara, 2015
Figure 1.4 Percentage of persons in low income, Canada, Ontario, Niagara and its census subdivisions, 2015
Figure 1.5 Percentage of persons in low income by census family type, #qCD.OFFNAME# and higher level geographies, 2015
- In 2015, 61.3% of households in Niagara contributed to Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs), Registered Pension Plans (RPPs), or Tax-free Savings Accounts (TFSAs). In Ontario, 67.2% of households contributed to an account while 65.2% of households contributed nationally.
Percentage of households contributing to RRSPs, RPPs or TFSAs, RRSPs, RPPs and TFSAs, Niagara, 2015
Median contribution amount
Income of couples
- In 30.1% of couples in Niagara, each partner had fairly equal incomes3 in 2015 while men had higher income in 53.3% of couples and women had higher income in the remaining 16.6% of couples.
- For Canada overall, each partner had fairly equal incomes in 32.0% of couples with men having the higher income in 50.7% of couples and women having higher income in 17.3% of couples.
Figure 1.7 Characteristics of couples' total income, Niagara and its census metropolitan areas and census agglomerations, 2015
- In 2015, the median total income of couples in Niagara was $81,714.
- The median income of higher-income partners in 2015 was $55,536 and the median income of lower-income partners was $22,898.
Statistics Canada. 2017. Focus on Geography Series, 2016 Census. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-404-X2016001. Ottawa, Ontario. Data products, 2016 Census.