Strategies & Actions

Riverdale Neighbourhood Action Plan

Neighbourhood Profile

A small neighbourhood in East Hamilton, right next to the border between Stoney Creek and the original Hamilton, Riverdale West is home to a vibrant mix of citizens from around the world. The Riverdale community is also distinnguished by its changing population and high mobility rate.

2013 - Riverdale presented their Riverdale Neighbourhood Action Plan (PDF, 1.45 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.

Riverdale Neighbourhood age groups chart

Riverdale Neighbourhood families with children under 18 chart

Riverdale Neighbourhood population groups chart

Key findings

  • Riverdale’s population is younger than the average for the city. 28% of the neighbourhood’s population is younger than 20 years old, compared to 28% for the city. Compared to the city’s senior population, there are fewer seniors living in Riverdale (10% vs. 15%).
  • The family composition characteristics in Riverdale are very similar to the city. Slightly fewer families with children are married in Riverdale than in the city (62% vs. 66%). 26% of the parent population are female lone parents, slightly higher than the city’s proportion (23%).
  • Riverdale is Hamilton’s main “Arrival City” and has the largest proportion of recent immigrants in Hamilton. 16% of residents immigrated between 2001 and 2006, more than five times the average for the city. There is triple the proportion of residents who immigrated between 1991 and 2001 compared to the city (18% vs. 6%).
  • Close to half of the neighbourhood’s residents identify with a visible minority group (43%) compared to 14% for the city.
  • There is an almost equal proportion of Riverdale residents who have an activity limitation as compared to the city (20% vs. 21%). 

Riverdale Neighbourhood housing and mobility chart

Riverdale Neighbourhood poverty rates chart

Key findings

  • Over three quarters (83%) of Riverdale residents are renters, compared to just under one third of the city’s overall general population (32%).
  • The vast majority of Riverdale residents (84%) live in apartment buildings with 5 or more storeys.
  • There is a smaller proportion of households living in unaffordable housing in Riverdale compared to the city.
  • Over half the rate of residents (57%) in Riverdale changed address in the five years before the census which is more often than the average for the city (37%). Due to the high rates of immigrants settling in this neighbourhood, many of these residents would have changed countries, not just addresses.
  • Over a third of Riverdale’s population (35%) is living in poverty compared to the city (18%).
  • Almost half of children under six in Riverdale (49%) are living on incomes below the poverty line.
  • The poverty rate of Riverdale seniors is higher than the city (20% vs. 7%).

Riverdale Neighbourhood highest education completed, persons aged 25 to 64 chart

Riverdale Neighbourhood high school non-completion rate per 1,000 students chart

Key findings

  • Among persons aged 25-64, one in four Riverdale residents (26%) does not have a certificate, diploma or degree, compared to 16% for the city as a whole (16%).
  • Over one quarter (28%) of the population has a high school certificate or equivalent, which is virtually equal to the city as a whole (26%).
  • 19% of Riverdale residents have a university education, compared to the city’s rate of 24%.
  • The high school non-completion rate in Riverdale is lower than in the lower city, but higher than the average for the city as a whole. 

Riverdale Neighbourhood average age of death chart

Riverdale Neighbourhood emergency room visits per 1000 residents per year chart

Riverdale Neighbourhood percentage of ER visitors reporting no family doctor chart

Key findings

  • The average age of death in Riverdale is 70.5 years old, which is 4.7 years younger than the city and 3.7 years younger than the lower city.
  • The rate of emergency room visits is higher in Riverdale than in Hamilton but slightly lower than the lower city. There are almost 80 additional visits to the emergency room for every 1,000 Riverdale residents per year than the city as a whole. There are also nearly 140 fewer visits to the emergency room per 1,000 than the lower city.
  • There is a near equal proportion of Riverdale residents who visit an emergency room and do not have a family doctor, compared to the lower city (9.0% vs. 9.3%), but these rates are higher than the city as a whole (6.2%).