In­comes lag in Lon­don-St. Thomas

New cen­sus data shows area near bottom of the pack

St. Thomas Times-Journal - - FRONT PAGE - HANK DANISZEWSKI POST­MEDIA NEWS - The Lon­don Free Press

Lon­don’s rep­u­ta­tion as a pros­per­ous city has been busted by just-re­leased 2016 cen­sus data.

The an­nual me­dian house­hold in­come in this area — the so-called Lon­don Cen­sus Met­ro­pol­i­tan Area, which also in­cludes Strathroy and St. Thomas — is $64,743, the sec­ond-low­est among big cities province-wide, and well be­low na­tional and pro­vin­cial av­er­ages.

The me­dian house­hold in­come has ac­tu­ally fallen by 2.1 per cent com­pared to a decade ago, while the me­dian in­come across Canada grew by 10.8 per cent dur­ing the same pe­riod, to $70,366.

Wind­sor fares even worse dur­ing that decade, with a 6.4 per cent drop in house­hold in­come in the past decade, al­though the av­er­age house­hold in­come in that city is higher than Lon­don at $65,983.

Me­dian is the point at which half of house­holds earn less than that amount, and half earn more. It is not the av­er­age.

Lon­don’s poor show­ing comes as no sur­prise to Sis­ter Sue Wil­son of the King’s Univer­sity Col­lege Poverty Re­search Cen­tre.

“We need to wake up to what’s hap­pen­ing in Lon­don and how in­di­vid­u­als are be­ing af­fected,” said Wil­son.

The re­search cen­tre is do­ing a se­ries of meet­ings this fall fo­cus­ing on pre­car­i­ous em­ploy­ment in Lon­don. Wil­son said the city needs a di­verse strat­egy that helps dif­fer­ent pop­u­la­tions in­clud­ing the work­ing poor, the home­less and se­niors.

Per the 2016 cen­sus data, Oshawa had the top me­dian house­hold in­come among On­tario cities, $86,451. St. Catharines was at the bottom, $63,001.

In the Lon­don re­gion, StrathroyCaradoc fared best, with a me­dian house­hold in­come of $71,882, while Chatham-Kent was at the bottom at $58,264. The me­dian house­hold in­come for St. Thomas was $59,755.

The city of Lon­don, (ex­clud­ing sur­round­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties) was in the mid­dle for this area, at $62,011.

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