2011 Urban Development Walking Distance

Key Findings

  • In 2011, the following percent of Halton adults aged 18 and over indicated that having each of the following places within walking distance of their home would be an important factor when making a decision about where to live.
        Somewhat Important Very Important Somewhat & Very Important
      Grocery stores 25% (±3) 69% (±2) 94% (±1)
      Parks, trails and open green spaces 25% (±2) 67% (±3) 92% (±1)
      Recreational Facilities 39% (±3) 46% (±3) 84% (±2)
      Community centres/ libraries 42% (±3) 41% (±3) 83% (±2)
      Retail stores 47% (±3) 24% (±2) 72% (±3)
      Restaurants 49% (±3) 18% (±2) 67% (±3)
      Schools 25% (±2) 39% (±3) 65% (±3)
      Public transportation 25% (±2) 39% (±3) 65% (±3)
      Workplace 28% (±3) 34% (±3) 62% (±3)
  • In 2010 the percent of adults who thought it was very or somewhat important to live within walking distance of parks, trails and open green spaces, and schools was significantly higher when compared to 2011.
  • In 2010 the percent of adults who thought it was very or somewhat important to live within walking distance of public transportation was significantly higher when compared to both 2009 and 2011.

Sex

  • In 2011, the percent of Halton adults aged 18 and over who indicated that having the facilities listed above within walking distance of their home as a very or somewhat important factor when making a decision about where to live did not differ significantly by sex.

Age Group

  • In 2011, Halton adults aged 18-24 were significantly more likely than all other age groups to think it was important to have grocery stores, public transportation and workplaces within walking distance of their home.
  • In 2011 Halton adults aged 65 and over were significantly less likely than all other age groups to think it was important to have recreational facilities, schools and workplaces within walking distance of their homes. Adults aged 65 and over were also less likely than all other age groups to think it was important to have parks, trails and open green spaces within walking distance of their homes, this difference was statistically significant when compared to adults aged 25-44 and 45-64.

Municipality

  • In 2011, the percent of Halton adults aged 18 and over who thought it was important to have the above facilities within walking distance of their homes was generally lowest in Halton Hills compared to Burlington, Oakville and Milton. This difference was significant for public transportation when compared to Oakville and Burlington, community centres/libraries and recreational facilities when compared to Oakville, and grocery stores when compared to Burlington.