More than a third of our population is under the age of 30, and half of us are under the age of 45.

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Many of us feel connected to our community, but there are big differences between age groups when it comes to who feels like they belong.

Feel a sense of belonging

12 to 19 69%

20 to 34 50%

35 to 44 52.9%

45 to 64 69.4%

65+ 80.4%

Our community has a strong culture of entrepreneurship

Greater Peterborough has a growing number of new businesses starting up every year and a high rate of immigrant self-employment. This means that people from all over the world are choosing Peterborough as a place to set up shop.

New Business Start-ups and Expansions

2012 63

2013 68

2014 77

2015 84

Top 3 Growing Occupations

The nature of our local economy is shifting, with more people working in service or creative occupations.

  1. customer and information services representatives
  2. food counter attendants and kitchen helpers
  3. nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates

Low incomes are the most important factor in shaping quality of life in Peterborough.

Inadequate incomes create affordability issues for many people in our community, who aren’t able to access decent housing, healthy food or reliable transportation.

  1. 0% make less than $20,000/year
  2. 0% live in unaffordable housing
  3. 0% are food insecure
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Our community is well known for its rich arts scene, but there’s room for investment if we want arts and culture to thrive.

Municipal spending on arts & culture

Greater Peterborough $65.29

Kingston and Frontenac County $106.26

Guelph and Wellington County $107.58

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Almost 2/3 of our population reports having good mental health, but that number has declined since 2003 and we’re below the provincial average on this issue.

Population reporting good mental health

Peterborough (2014) 67.1%

Ontario (2014) 70.4%

We are a very giving community

With higher than average levels of volunteerism and charitable donations. We care about Peterborough and we work hard to make our community a great place to live.


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For information on data sources and a text-only version of Vital Signs® 2016, refer to:

Greater Peterborough’s Vital Signs Reports

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