Neighbourhood profiles developed

Stats. Can. data analysed

The City of North Battleford recently released a report called Community Profiles, which features data on North Battleford generally along with data specific to the city’s neighbourhoods.

The report is a step toward formalizing neighbourhoods, a goal of which city staff have said is to encourage a sense of community and safety.

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Director of Planning and Development Jennifer Niesink said a lot of the neighbourhoods already existed but they didn’t all have names. New neighbourhood names are Kinsmen Park, Sapp Valley, Paciwin and Yellow Sky.

One new change includes separating Sapp Valley from Paciwin, which was one big area.

City staff used recent census data along with sources containing property value information in the report.

According to a news release, “neighbourhood boundaries were submitted to Statistics Canada who was able to use the geographical reference points to break down North Battleford’s census data.”

The report lists North Battleford’s population as 13,950.

Home ownership consists of 63.9 per cent of the population, with an average value of dwelling at $232,120.

Of that population, 24.68 per cent spends 30 per cent or more of income on shelter costs  and 12.5 per cent of these people are owners, while 46.5 per cent are tenants.

The average monthly shelter cost for owned dwellings is higher than the average monthly shelter cost for rented dwellings in Killdeer Park, Fairview Heights, Maher Park, McIntosh Park, Centennial Park and College Heights. The average monthly shelter costs for rented dwellings is higher in Kinsmen Park, Sapp Valley, Paciwin and Riverview.

Median household income was highest in Maher Park and Fairview Park, in which it was more than $99,000.

The lowest was Downtown ($20,613), with second and third lowest being Paciwin ($42,911) and Sapp Valley ($48,245).

Top languages most commonly spoken at home in North Battleford are English, Tagalog, Cree, Korean and Spanish. French is not in the top five.

A total of 28.7 per cent of people in North Battleford declared Aboriginal identity.






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