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Census data shows strong income growth in Hamilton, but poverty remains a challenge

Hamilton's poverty rate has dropped, but remains a concern according to new Census data.
Hamilton's poverty rate has dropped, but remains a concern according to new Census data. CHML

There is progress, but still plenty of challenges for the city of Hamilton, according to a breakdown of income data from last year’s census.

Hamilton’s Social Planning and Research Council (SPRC) has released a “preliminary analysis” of the 2015 statistics.

That analysis shows that from 2005 to 2015, median individual income in the city increased by 5.5 per cent to just under $33,000.

That’s the third largest jump among Ontario’s 17 largest cities, trailing only Sudbury and Ottawa.

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Average household income within the Hamilton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) came in at just over $69,000 in 2015. Hamilton’s individual and household income figures remain below the provincial average.

The SPRC adds that despite dropping to 15.3 per cent, the city’s poverty rate remains an “important concern” with over one in five Hamilton children still living in households experiencing poverty.

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