The changing economic reality of Hamilton has contributed to the changing face of Sherman. Many of the large south end homes have been divided into duplexes and triplexes, with renters now vastly outnumbering owners. The smaller more affordable homes in the central and northern portions of the neighbourhood are still occupied by families who typically work hard at one or sometimes two jobs. Residents of this neighbourhood are often referred to as “salt of the earth” or “blue collar” Hamiltonians.
2013 - Sherman presented their Sherman Neighbourhood Action Plan (PDF, 9.93 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.
- The distribution of age groups in South Sherman is similar to the city as a whole.
- There are slightly more young adults and slightly fewer seniors per capita in South Sherman than in Hamilton.
- There are equal proportions of families with children led by married parents as are led by female lone parents neighbourhood (42%).
- The proportion of residents with Aboriginal ancestry is double the city’s rate (6% vs. 3%).
- The proportions of residents who identify with a visible minority group and immigrants in South Sherman are very similar to the city.
- There is a larger proportion of persons with activity limitations in South Sherman than in the city (24% vs. 21%).
Income & housing
- The majority of South Sherman residents are homeowners (51%), but this a smaller proportion than in the city overall (68%).
- Almost half of South Sherman residents are renters (49%).
- Half of renters in South Sherman live in unaffordable housing and spend 30% or more of their income on shelter costs.
- One in four homeowners live in unaffordable housing and spend 30% or more of their income on shelter costs.
- South Sherman residents are more mobile than the average for the city, as residents are more likely to move both in a one year or five year period.
- Poverty rates in South Sherman are more than double the rates for the city. Almost six in ten children under age six and more than one third seniors in South Sherman live on incomes below the poverty line.
- Among persons aged 25-64, more than one in four South Sherman residents (26%) do not have a certificate, diploma or degree, which is higher than for the city as a whole (16%).
- Over one quarter of the population (28%) has a high school certificate or equivalent, virtually the same rate as the city (26%).
- There are fewer residents with university education (14%) compared to the city’s residents (24%).
- There is more than twice the proportion of students who don’t complete high school in South Sherman compared to the city as a whole.
- The average age of death in South Sherman is 71.5 years, which is 3.7 years younger than for the city overall and 2.7 years younger than for the lower city.
- The rate of emergency room visits is slightly higher in South Sherman than in Hamilton. On average, there are more than 270 additional visits to the emergency room for every 1,000 residents per year in South Sherman than the city as a whole.
- Compared to the city overall, almost twice as many South Sherman residents who have visited the emergency room do not have a family doctor.
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