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

A Better Burlington began in 2006 after my neighbours said they felt left out of city decisions, learning about them only after they’d been made.

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