Urbanization: March 6 , 2013
For the Assignment:
- Use census tracts.
- Collect information for the descriptive part of the assignment.
- How to collect data:
- You can use some of the 2011 census data, but they don’t have the complete
amount of data.
o The 2006 data is the last period of time where the census was mandatory
to fill out, so it is full and this would be a good time period to use!
o Some example things to look at: Housing type, ethnicity, culture, and
- The most important age to look at is 15-64 (This is because it is the labour
force [important variable], very important). Students are included in this age
- Also look at 0-15 and 65+ as these are the dependency groups.
- “Don’t give us all the age cohorts, choose the important ones”
- 2011 census was voluntary.
- Don’t go through every year (ie. 2001, 2002, 2003), think of 2006, 1996, 1986,
o This gives you a long period of time without going through
- Compare your neighbourhood with Toronto statistics.
o Is your neighbourhood higher or lower in the different categories
compared to Toronto?
- Maybe include this sentence in the essay (sounded good): “Shows a high
indication of gentrification” or “This is a high indicator of gentrification”.
- Don’t look at micro-data.
- All you really need is census tracts!
- Organize the variables.
- Choose key ones:
o Measure of social makeup: Ethnocultural.
o Average household income.
o Occupation type, unemployment, etc.
o Economic status.
o Think of everything we talked about when we discussed neighbourhood
- CMA area: Toronto.
- Use average household income (Keep it simple).
o You can include the census tract title in the essay.
- + or - 10,000 difference is not that much of a difference according to the
- Get the mean for all of them (ie. Average household income for all of the years)
- You’re looking at how things have changed over time.
- It’s not all about calculating census data, but that is a big chunk.
- Toronto city website censuses aren’t actually the same as census tract. o But this could be somewhat of a way of confirming your findings.
- Look through academic papers, books, etc.
******* He is posting the slides on portal, these are NOT THE SLIDES, these are
notes of what aren’t on the slides! *******
- Spatial interaction:
o Social interaction at a special level.
Do people get along?
Why do people move here? Is it a good social area?
- The issue of social/physical difference:
o Physically, neighbourhoods or people could be side by side, but socially
they could be years apart.
- Article: Headline “A city of unmatched diversity”
o “Many newcomers opt to bypass city, start new lives in suburbs
- Article: Headline “Toronto: Canada