New Census Data Reveals Interesting Facts About Burlington’s Workforce

Burlington is a vibrant city, shifting from a small-town bedroom community to one with a population of roughly 183,314 people—people who are seemingly more diverse, more educated and more prone to being stuck in traffic than ever before.

Recently released Census data has shed light on interesting facts about education, work, transit and commuting in Burlington and beyond.

In terms of Canada overall, Stats Can has revealed that 28.5 per cent of adults between the ages of 25 and 64 have a bachelor’s degree or higher, 22.4 per cent of adults in the same age group have a college diploma and 10.8 per cent have an apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma.

In 2015, 49.8 per cent of adults between 25 and 54 worked full-time for a full-year.

As far as transit goes, just 12.4 per cent of were using public transit to get to work in 2016. In terms of commute, Canadians were spending an average of 26.2 minutes getting to and from work. As far as language goes, most Canadians still speak English or French almost exclusively at work—99.2 per cent. Only 15.4 per cent use more than language while working.

As far as Burlington goes, the numbers aren’t far off the Canadian average.

The data indicates that 92,430 residents over 15 years of age in private households have a post-secondary certificate, degree or diploma, with slightly more women than men completing post-secondary studies (48,770 vs 43,665). Stans Can says 18,150 residents have no certificate, degree or diploma, while 38,910 have a secondary school diploma or equivalent.

In terms of apprenticeships, 7,560 have gone the trade or apprenticeship route. In this area, men outnumber women 5,240 to 2,320.

Data reveals that 31,690 residents have a bachelor’s degree, 35,310 have a college diploma or non-university certificate, 2,960 have a university certificate or diploma above the bachelor level, 1,365 have a degree in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or optometry, 8,780 have a master’s degree and 1,290 have earned a doctorate.

More women have bachelor’s degrees than men, but men have slightly more master’s and nearly double the amount of doctorate degrees.

As for what people studied or are studying, 5,995 study education, 5,515 study the humanities, 13,360 study social and behavioural sciences and law, 22,155 study business, 4,300 study physical and life sciences and technologies and 4,005 study math and computer science.

More men than women gravitate to architecture and mathematics while more women choose to study business, social science and law and the humanities.

Data reveals that 207,315 residents study in Canada and 193,370 choose to stay in Ontario.

In terms of commuting, 69,945 Burlington residents drive to work, while 7,940 take public transportation. Data reveals that 5,030 are driven to work, 2,890 walk, 690 cycle and 815 use an alternate mode of transportation to get to their place of employment.

As far as commuting times go, 28,770 residents commute for 15-29 minutes a day, while 12,475 spend over an hour commuting. Stats Can says 22,285 enjoy commutes of less than 15 minutes, while 15,595 are in transit for 30-44 minutes and 8,185 for 45-50 minutes.

Most residents - 25,295 - leave for work between 7 a.m. and 7:59 a.m.

In terms of employment, data shows that 95,975 residents are employed versus 5,680 who are unemployed. The employment rate in the city is 64.2 per cent.

As for what industries residents tend to work in, data reveals that 15,565 are in management positions, 17,000 work in the business, finance and administration sectors, 8,125 work in natural and applied sciences, 6,275 work in health-related fields and 12,765 work in education, law and social, community and government services.

Residents also work in arts and culture.

There are 23,090 people who are in sales and service roles.

Trades and natural resources are also represented.

In terms of language, 106,910 speak English or French at work versus 410 who speak non-official languages. As for what other languages residents speak at work, 40 speak Arabic, 15 speak Vietnamese, 25 speak Tagalog, 10 speak Croatian, 30 speak Polish, 15 speak Russian, 10 speak Serbian, 35 speak Punjabi, 10 speak Portuguese, 35 speak Spanish, 55 speak Korean, 10 speak Japanese, and 70 speak a Chinese language such as Mandarin or Cantonese.

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