Ottawa Profile

About Ottawa

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Ottawa is the capital city of Canada. It stands on the south bank of the Ottawa River in the eastern portion of southern Ontario. Ottawa borders Gatineau, Quebec; the two form the core of the Ottawa–Gatineau census metropolitan area (CMA) and the National Capital Region (NCR). As of 2016 Ottawa had a city population of 934,243 and a metropolitan population of 1,323,783 making it the fourth-largest city and the fifth-largest CMA in Canada.

Founded in 1826 as Bytown, and incorporated as “Ottawa” in 1855, the city has evolved into the political and technological centre of Canada. Its original boundaries were expanded through numerous annexations and were ultimately replaced by a new city incorporation and amalgamation in 2001 which significantly increased its land area. The city name “Ottawa” was chosen in reference to the Ottawa River, the name of which is derived from the Algonquin Odawa, meaning “to trade”

Ottawa is the most educated city in Canada and is home to a number of post-secondary, research, and cultural institutions, including the National Arts Centre, the National Gallery, and numerous national museums. Ottawa has the highest standard of living in the nation and low unemployment. It ranked 2nd nationally, 24th worldwide in the quality of life index and is consistently rated the best place to live in Canada.

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Moneysense Magazine Statistical Profile 2017

Rank (2016): 1
Average Household Net Worth:
Average Value of Primary Real Estate:
Occupied Private Dwellings by Tenure Owned %:
Population: 974,701
Population Change (2012 to 2017): 5.5%
Unemployment Rate (Est.): 5.0%
Median Household Income: $91,122
Average Household Discretionary Income: $57,260
Average Household Net Worth: $631,905
Average Value Of Primary Real Estate: $481,223
Home to income ratio: 4.21
Rent to income ratio: 12.60%
Income Tax: $8,310.00
Sales Tax: 13.00%
Average Property Tax: 2.0%
Average Property Tax: $3,096.33
Average Property Tax As A Percentage Of Average Income: 2.70%
Travel To Work By Walking: 4.3%
Travel To Work By Bicycle: 1.4%
Travel To Work By Public Transit: 13.8%
Total Annual Rainfall (Mm): 755
Days With Precipitation Greater Than Or Equal To 0.2 Mm: 161
Days With Rainfall Greater Than Or Equal To 0.2 Mm: 118
Days With Daily Min Temperature Greater Than 0°C: 216
Days With Daily Max Temperature Greater Than 20°C: 117
Crime Rate – 5-Year-Change: -25%
Crime Rate Per 100,000: 3635
Crime Severity Index: 47.0
Violent Crime Severity Index: 54.7
Owned Homes: 67.8%
Rented Homes: 32.2%
Employed In Health Care: 5.0%
Offices Of Doctors Of Medicine Per ‘000: 0.8
Doctors Per ‘000: 3.3
Employed In Arts And Rec: 2%
Community: 101.8

*Profile Summary via Wikipedia, MoneySense Magazine