Livability Score

i The AreaVibes Livability Score evaluates 9 different categories and creates an overall score out of 100. The higher the score, the better the area.

amenities A+

There are lots of amenities close to this location.
Coffee (177) A+
Entertainment (78) A+
Food and Drink (539) A+
Fitness (51) F
Groceries (149) A+
Parks (898) A+
Shops (952) A+
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commute A+

Of all people who commute, 5.0% take public transportation in Hamilton.
Public Transit Stops (1063)
Stops & Stations
Workers Taking Public Transit
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cost of living C-

The cost of living in Hamilton is 97/100 - which is 13% lower than Ontario.
Cost of Living
Goods & Services, Housing, etc.
Tax Rates
Income & Sales Tax
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crime C+

Hamilton crime rates are 973 per 100k, which is 68% lower than Ontario
Property Crime
723 crimes per 100k
Violent Crime
250 crimes per 100k
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employment A+

The median income in Hamilton is $103,220 - which is 18% higher than Ontario.
Med. Household Income
Unemployment Rate
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health A+

There are many hospitals, police and fire stations.
Health & Safety (282)
Dentist, Doctor, Hospital, etc.
Air Quality
Median Air Quality
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housing A+

Hamilton home prices are $809,600 - which is 1% lower than Ontario
Home Price
Home Appreciation Rate
Home Affordability
7.8x (home price to income ratio)
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schools A-

The Hamilton graduation rate is 82% - which is 3% lower than Ontario
School Test Scores
High School Grad. Rates
Elementary Schools (159) A+
High Schools (61) A+
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ratings C

Hamilton has an overall rating of 64% from 26 reviews.
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      Hamilton, ON

      Hamilton wraps around the western side of Lake Ontario in the centre of the Golden Horseshoe region. It is Ontario’s third largest city, especially since it was amalgamated with Ancaster, Dundas, Flamborough, Glanbrook and Stoney Creek in 2001. Now, the city has over 100 neighbourhoods and a population of around 580,000. It boasts a growing arts scene, strong manufacturing activities and a great science and education presence. In fact, it is home to one of Canada’s top universities; McMaster University, along with four other post-secondary institutions.

      Its growing culture and art scene has put Hamilton on the map, with any Hamilton city guide leading people to the downtown core. There are also numerous new condo developments in this area to match the new tech savvy residents and the construction of the Downtown Arts Centre and the Hamilton Media Arts Centre. The Art Gallery of Hamilton is also in the downtown core, as are some great shopping strips. This is also the most connected area in terms of transportation, as it is home to the Hamilton GO Centre. Still, there are buses that run all over the city, though some of the suburbs are not directly linked to the city centre.

      More than 20 percent of Hamiltonians were not actually born in Canada, making it an extremely multicultural city. Many of these people arrived in the city after 2001, so its growth is quite new. It also has a large French-speaking population, resulting in both English and French speaking schools. There is also a francophone cultural centre, health centre and employment centre. Hamilton is also home to large Polish, Pilipino, Indian, Yugoslavian and Chinese communities. With its multiculturalism comes a great selection of ethnic restaurants that will be hard to bore any foodie.

      Hamilton is an interesting city to live in, as its age groups are all over the place. All-in-all, the median age in Hamilton is around 40 years old. Some Hamiltonians are quite affluent – particularly in Ancaster and Flamborough, while others are poor students living in Westdale and Ainslie Wood. Unfortunately, Hamilton is quite high-ranked in terms of hate crimes. If you read a Hamilton guide it will tell you to that in the daytime the city is safe, but common sense should be used after dark, especially in the downtown area. Make sure to visit Hess Village, which is the centre of the city’s nightlife. Other things to see in the city include Dundurn Castle and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. And don’t forget to visit its many waterfalls.

      A+ Amenities

      Are there many local amenities in Hamilton? Yes, there are lots of amenities close to this location.


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      Splash Pad
      Canadian Football Hall of Fame & Museum
      Tim Hortons Field
      Tim Hortons Field
      Tim Hortons Field
      Little Ray's Reptile Zoo and Nature Centre
      Theatre Aquarius
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      Food & Drink

      Amir Pita and Grill
      Sam's Hotel & Tavern
      Queen's Pizza & Wings
      Bella Pizza
      Lindal Foods
      Little Caesars
      Mosaic Beer Bar
      Carlton Tavern

      A+ Commute

      Is public transit available in Hamilton? Of all people who commute, 5.0% take public transportation in Hamilton.
      Drive to Work

      6% lower than the CDN average

      Take Public Transit

      2% lower than the CDN average

      Walk to Work

      1% lower than the CDN average

      A+ Health & Safety

      Is Hamilton a healthy and safe place to live? Yes, there are many hospitals, police and fire stations.


      Juravinski Cancer Centre
      Hamilton General Hospital
      St. Peter's Hospital
      St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
      McMaster University Medical Centre
      St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - King Campus
      St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Charlton Campus


      Shoppers Drug Mart
      Gibson's Pharmacy
      Shoppers Drug Mart
      Hess Pharmacy
      Shoppers Drug Mart


      Medical Clinic
      Parkside Medical Clinic
      Meadowlands Family Health Centre
      West End Medical Arts
      Family Medical Centre
      Medical Arts Walk-In Clinic
      Smith Health Centre
      Family Practice Clinic