Between 2006 and 2016, the number of seniors (ages 65 and over) in Hamilton increased to 92,910 from 75,395, an increase of 23% — nearly four times greater than Hamilton’s overall growth (6.4%). The number of seniors ages 85 and over, increased to 13,930 in 2016 from 8,945 in 2006, an increase of 55%.
In 2016, women made up 56% of seniors, and nearly two-thirds of those 85 and over. Men 85 and over were the fastest growing group of seniors between 2006 and 2016, increasing by over 70%.
Hamilton’s Ward 5 in East Hamilton has the highest number of seniors with 9,287 (the ward average is just over 6,100). The former Ward 7 on the Mountain (8,491) and Ward 13 Dundas (8,412) are also higher than average. Dundas has the highest percentage of seniors of any ward with 23.8% of its residents over 65. Ward 9 Upper Stoney Creek had both the lowest number of seniors (3,130) and percentage of seniors (10.9%).
For a more detailed breakdown of where seniors live in Hamilton by neighbourhood, visit the Hamilton Spectator’s All About Us: A Portrait of Hamilton.