University grads prefer Richmond Hill and Oakville, but Milton has gained the most between 2001 and 2006
The municipalities of Richmond Hill and Oakville have the highest percentages of residents with university degrees, diplomas or certificates in the Greater Toronto Area, according to data from the 2006 census released yesterday by Statistics Canada.
About 42 per cent of the residents in both towns hold university degrees at the bachelor’s level or above. Richmond Hill officials, including deputy mayor Brenda Hogg, expressed surprise at the numbers.
“York Region has always had a high percentage of well-educated residents. I did not realize that so many were situated in Richmond Hill!” Ms. Hogg wrote in an e-mail.
The two municipalities have a greater proportion of university grads than Toronto, where about 37 per cent have degrees. But the big city needn’t feel intellectually inferior – it leapfrogged over Markham for third place in the region.
All four municipalities rank well ahead of the national and provincial averages – only 23 per cent of Canadians hold university degrees, and only 31 per cent of Ontarians.
The booming town of Milton gained the most university grads between the census tallies of 2001 and 2006. About 28 per cent of Milton residents had university degrees in 2006, up from 23 per cent in 2001.
Where the scholars are:
Percentage of residents in 2006 with a university certificate, diploma or degree:
Richmond Hill 42%
ONTARIO AVERAGE 30.7%
CANADIAN AVERAGE 23.0%
– By Megan Grittani-Livingston of the Globe and Mail; Source: Statistics Canada