Key demographics from the 2016 Census for McCauley

  • The District is home to 19,136 people of Edmonton’s population of 899,457. In 2011, the respective populations were 20,310 and 812,201 show the District with a negative growth rate of 9.04% to Edmonton (10.74%) comparatively.
  • 41.3% of immigrants to the District are from Asia, 11% are from Europe and 24.8% are from other parts of the world. Indigenous populations in the area make up 1.21% of the population.
  • The most common unofficial languages are Cantonese (6.65%) and French (2.8%). Also spoken are Tagalog (4.23%), Spanish (4.76%), Ukrainian (4.23%), Arabic (29.88%), and Indigenous languages (1.2% Cree).
  • In the District about 5.60 % were unemployed, and 4.30% were employed part-time, compared to Edmonton overall in which 3.70 % were unemployed, and 4.60% were employed part-time. The 2011 Census, revealed that 5.37% of the population in the District claimed to be unemployed and 5.60% worked part-time. These point to an overall economic improvement in the area, supporting the notion of a community in transition.
  • Alberta Avenue District has a far higher rate than the city of High School Graduation (or equivalent) as the highest education received – 22.88% compared with the city average of 17.5%. However, achievement of a college or university diploma/degree drops for the District showing 13.99%, compared with 17.6%. Certificates in trades are also lower, 4.31% compared with 17.6%. This indicates that more youth in this district do not seek higher education for better-paying jobs.
  • The top sectors of employment are construction (11.53% vs Edmonton at 9%), accommodation and food services (10.06% vs Edmonton at 6.5%), healthcare and social assistance (9.81%), transportation and housing (6%), professional, scientific, technical and management (4,46%) and educational services (4.21%). In Edmonton overall, the top employment sectors are sales and services (23%), business, finance and administration (17%), and trades, transport, and equipment operations (17%). The data indicates a higher incidence of lower-paying jobs as well as seasonal jobs in Alberta Avenue District than across the city as a whole.
  • “Trends 2018” produced by the Edmonton Social Planning Council, points out that 82,400 women in Edmonton earn below living wage; by extrapolation, this data infers that female workers in the Alberta Avenue District similarly earn lower incomes.
  • The average individual income in Alberta Avenue District is approximately $32,564, and the median income is $26,385, compared with the city averages of $46,571 and $35,363, respectively. Household incomes indicate significant deviance from city averages as well. Household average and median income of $60,825 and $52,911, compared to city averages of $90,340 and $72,248, respectively. Nearly 17% of Alberta Avenue’s households earn under $30,000 per year, compared to 12.7% of Edmonton households.
  • More people rent than own in the Alberta Avenue area, with statistics showing that an average of 36% rent where respectively 29% of Edmontonians rent their home overall.
  • While rental vacancy rates are 11.6% in the neighbourhood vs 7% citywide, and rents have gone down by 2.4% vs 3.6% in the city, turnover rates are more stable in Alberta Avenue at 26.3% compared to a rate of 34.6% throughout Edmonton.
  • Affordable accommodation is in demand in the District. A study on market housing and affordability1 revealed a need of 157 units for households with income from $30,000 – $59,000 and a lack of supply of 180 units for households with incomes between $0 -$29,000 in the area.
  • At the same time, the five schools (Spruce Avenue, Delton, St. Alphonse, St- Gerard, and Norwood) in the District show a 65% increase in enrollment since 2009, indicating the desire of families to locate in the District.