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With the smallest population (1,831) of all the priority neighbourhoods, the Keith Neighbourhood is the epitome of a blue collar neighbourhood and has suffered continual blows to their proud working-class heritage with the departure of the industry and manufacturing sector.
September 2012 - Keith presented their Keith Neighbourhood Action Plan (PDF, 9.74 MB) to Hamilton City Council for endorsement. The plans serve as a focal point for planning teams, but also continue to garnish the interest of other stakeholders from across the community.
- Children are a large part of the Keith neighbourhood. Almost three in ten of the neighbourhood’s residents are younger than 20 years old.
- There is a higher rate of young adults (ages 20-34) in Keith than in Hamilton (22% v. 19%).
- Compared to the city’s senior population, there are fewer seniors living in Keith (15% vs. 10%).
- There are almost as many lone parents (41% of families) as there are married parents (45% of families). An additional 15% of Keith families with children under 18 are headed by common-law parents.
- More than triple the proportion of Keith residents have Aboriginal ancestry compared to the city (10% vs. 3%).
- Fewer individuals identify with a visible minority group in Keith than in the city overall (10% vs. 14%).
- Compared to the city, there is a smaller population of residents who immigrated in the most recent ten year period between 1996 and 2006 (3% of Keith’s population).
- There is a larger proportion of persons with activity limitations in Keith than in the city (29% vs. 21%).
Income & housing
- The housing tenure profile in Keith is somewhat similar to the city as a whole, with slightly more owners in Keith than the city (72% in Keith, compared to 68% homeowners in the city). Slightly less than three in ten residents in Keith are renters.
- More than six in ten renters in Keith live in unaffordable housing and spend 30% or more of their income on shelter costs.
- Almost one third of homeowners also live in unaffordable housing and spend 30% or more of their income on shelter costs.
- Comparing the city’s overall population, fewer Keith residents changed address in last 5 years.
- The poverty rates in Keith are more than double the city average in all groups examined. More than four in ten Keith residents (43%) are living in poverty. Almost seven in ten Keith children are living in poverty. Close to half of Keith’s senior population are living in poverty (45%).
- Among the population aged 25-64, almost one in four Keith residents (37%) does not have a certificate, diploma or degree which more than double the rate for the city as a whole.
- Just over one third of the Keith population (34%) has a high school certificate or equivalent, compared to just over one quarter for the city (26%).
- A small group of Keith residents (7%) have a university education compared to the city (24%).
- Compared to the median rate for Hamilton, the rate of students not completing high school is almost three times as high in Keith. The neighbourhood’s high school dropout rate is also higher than the lower city.
- The average age of death in Keith residents is 65.5 years old which is almost 9.7 years younger than the average age of death for the city overall and almost 8.7 years younger than in the lower city.
- The rate of emergency room visits is much higher in Keith than in Hamilton. On average, there are almost 550 more visits to the emergency room for every 1,000 Keith residents per year than the city as a whole.
- Compared to Hamilton, double the proportion of Keith residents who visit an emergency room do not have a family doctor.
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