Strategies & Actions

Rolston Neighbourhood

Neighbourhood Profile

Nestled within a largely residential area, partnerships are allowing programs, facilities and relationships to flourish in this community. The largest and most vivid partnership is the one struck between the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board and the City that brought the new and modern Westmount Recreation Centre to Rolston. Engaged, vibrant, safe and green is how Rolston residents identify their neighbourhood, where diversity is welcomed!

March 2016
Rolston Planning Team members presented the Rolston Neighbourhood Action Plan (8.4 MB) to Hamilton City Council for endorsement. The plan serves as a focal point for the planning team, but also continues to garnish the interest of other stakeholders from across the community.

The Rolston Planning Team also created an Asset Map (1.4 MB) that serves as a visual identification of some wonderful assets in the Rolston neighbourhood.

Rolston Neighbourhood age groups chart

Rolston Neighbourhood families with children under 18 chart

Rolston Neighbourhood population groups chart

Key findings

  • The distributions of age groups in Rolston is similar to those of the city as a whole. However there are both slightly higher proportions of children and seniors in Rolston than in the city.
  • Over half of the families with children in Rolston are led by married parents, but a lower rate than the for the city (55% vs. 66%).
  • Over one third of the families with children in Rolston are led by female lone parents (35%), compared to less than a quarter of families in the city overall.
  • Rolston has almost double the rate of residents who identify with a visible minority group as the city overall (25% vs. 14%).
  • There are over twice as many residents who immigrated between 2001 and 2006 in Rolston than in Hamilton (8% vs. 3%).
  • There is a larger proportion of persons with activity limitations in Rolston than in the city (26% vs. 21%). 

Rolston Neighbourhood housing and mobility chart

Rolston Neighbourhood poverty rates chart

Key findings

  • There is a smaller proportion of renters and a larger proportion of owners in Rolston than in the city overall.
  • More than four in ten renters in Rolston (42%) live in unaffordable housing, spending 30% or more of their income on shelter costs. This rate is slightly better than the rate for the city (45%).
  • Compared to the city overall, a higher rate of Rolston residents changed address in last 5 years.
  • 35% of residents in Rolston live on incomes below the poverty line, higher than the rate for the city (18%).
  • Almost half (49%) of children under 6 in Rolston are living in poverty.
  • The proportion of poverty among seniors living in Rolston is higher than the city’s rate (20% vs. 17%). 

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

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

Key findings

  • Among persons aged 25-64, one in five Rolston residents (21%) does not have a certificate, diploma or degree, which is higher than the rate for the city as a whole (16%).
  • One quarter of the population (24%) have a high school certificate or equivalent, which is similar to the city’s rate (26%).
  • The proportion of residents with university degree is almost equal as to the city (23% vs. 24%).
  • The proportion of Rolston’s students who don’t complete high school is higher than the rates for the city and the mountain. 

Rolston Neighbourhood average age of death chart

Rolston Neighbourhood emergency room visits per 1,00 residents per year chart

Rolston Neighbourhood percentage of ER visitors reporting no family doctor chart

Key findings

  • The average age of death in Rolston is 77 years old, which is 1.8 years older than the median for the city and 1.2 years older than the median for mountain neighbourhoods.
  • The rate of emergency room visits is lower in Rolston than in the city, but slightly higher than for the mountain. On average, there are almost 45 fewer visits to the emergency room for every 1,000 Rolston residents per year than the city.
  • Compared to the city and the mountain, more Rolston residents who have visited the emergency room do not have a family doctor.