New Census Numbers Show Where People Are Living in Mississauga

The latest census numbers review the gender breakdown in Mississauga, as well as the amount of dwelling types in the city and who is living in what kind of housing.

You might be asking yourself why there are still census numbers coming out if they released it a few months ago, showing the population numbers. The national census was scrapped during the previous Conservative government, so the 2011 Census had less than adequate information available. So people may not remember that the last time a complete census was done, in 2006, that the data was so voluminous that the information was released in stages.

For 2016 data, this week marked the release of the age / sex breakdown as well as type of dwelling for various communities, including Mississauga and Brampton. There will be information released throughout the rest of 2017 regarding income, language, education and other criteria, but for now, let's look at how many men and women live in Canada's sixth largest city, as well as the type of housing people in Mississauga are opting for.

Breakdown of Population by Gender (Men and Women)

Total Population: 721,600

Male: 351,930

Female: 369,670

So you can see here that Mississauga has slightly more women than men (51 per cent women versus 49 per cent men). That is just slightly above the national average for the gender breakdown (50.88 per cent women across Canada).

The census numbers also specify that almost 500,000 residents in Mississauga are between the ages of 15 to 64, but that pretty much means just about every other person.

Type of Dwelling for Mississauga residents

Total number of occupied private dwellings: 240,910

Single detached houses: 90,780

Apartments in buildings with 5 or more stories: 63,130

Apartment in buildings that has fewer than five storeys: 17,630

Apartment or flat in a duplex: 8,120

Semi-detached houses: 26,730

Row houses: 34,115

So in terms of private dwellings, the single detached house still has a strong presence in Mississauga (nobody's going to be bulldozing long standing, established subdivisions of detached homes anytime soon). At 37.68 per cent of private dwellings in Mississauga, single detached homes still make up a good chunk of this city's housing stock.

But you can see that coming in a strong second are apartment units in buildings five storeys or higher, at about a quarter of that stock. There's also a sizable amount of semi-detached (townhouses) as well as row houses, the latter of which has become a preferable housing option by city planners in recent years.

One final interesting number is that there are 80 "other" single-attached houses (no specifics were given as to what defines as ‘other’), as well as 330 movable dwellings, which include mobile homes and other movable dwellings such as houseboats, recreational vehicles and railroad cars. If I'm not mistaken, I do believe there is a trailer park or two around Mississauga.

The next batch of information from the 2016 Census to be released will be on August 2, pertaining to families, households, marital status, as well as languages spoken in Mississauga.

We will keep you up to date once those numbers get released.

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