In this Neighbourhood Guide, you'll find out more about the people who live here as well as the schools, parks and recreation facilities, homes, and more.

Neighbourhood Vibe

Balfour is a diverse and family-friendly neighbourhood with a strong sense of community.

Property Pulse

Mostly older, owner-occupied detached homes with some low-rise apartments and condos.

Community Canvas

A mix of residents from different ethnic backgrounds, with a focus on health care and social assistance.

What You'll Love

Proximity to schools, parks, and shopping, and a variety of housing options.

Have a look around Balfour.

This neighbourhood has a consistent population, and is popular with people in their 20s, people in their 30s, people in their 40s, and people in their 50s. Balfour is a community in south Hamilton; the neighbourhood is named after architect James Balfour. Mostly residential, Balfour's main shopping district is on Upper James Street with the Mountain Plaza Mall.

People & Families in Balfour

Families with kids make up 38% of households in this neighbourhood, while couples without children make up 24% of households and 28% of households are one person living alone. People in Balfour come from 47 different ethnic origins, and 25% are first-generation immigrants, while 24% are second-generation immigrants.

Neighbourhood Households

925

Neighbourhood Population

2,262

Household Size

  • 1 person - 27%
  • 2 persons - 33%
  • 3 persons - 18%
  • 4 persons - 12%
  • 5 or more persons - 8%

Household Types

  • One-person households - 28%
  • Non-family households - 5%
  • Families with children - 37%
  • Couples without children - 24%
  • Multiple families in household - 2%

Children Per Family

  • 1 child - 33%
  • 2 children - 19%
  • 3 or more children - 8%

Broad Age Ranges

  • 0 to 14 years - 13%
  • 15 to 64 years - 66%
  • 65 years and over - 20%

Most Common Ethnic Origins

  • Canadian - 27%
  • English - 24%
  • Scottish - 18%
  • Irish - 14%
  • Italian - 13%

Age of Primary Household Maintainer

  • 15 to 24 years - 2%
  • 25 to 34 years - 11%
  • 35 to 44 years - 12%
  • 45 to 54 years - 20%
  • 55 to 64 years - 17%
  • 65 to 74 years - 15%
  • 75 to 84 years - 10%
  • 85 years and over - 8%

Specific Age Groups

  • 0 to 4 years - 4%
  • 5 to 9 years - 3%
  • 10 to 14 years - 4%
  • 15 to 19 years - 5%
  • 20 to 29 years - 15%
  • 30 to 39 years - 11%
  • 40 to 49 years - 11%
  • 50 to 59 years - 16%
  • 60 to 69 years - 9%
  • over 70 years - 12%

Balfour Schools

Balfour has elementary special programs and secondary special programs. There are 7 public schools and 5 Catholic schools serving this neighbourhood. The special programs offered at local schools include French Immersion and Advanced Placement.

Public Schools

7

Catholic Schools

5

Having Fun in Balfour

Fun is easy to find at the parks here. There are 1 parks in this neighbourhood, with 1 recreational facilities in total. The average number of facilities per park is 1.

Number of Parks

1

Number of Recreation Facilities

1

Recreation Facilities in Neighbourhood Parks

  • Playground - 1
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Getting Around in Balfour

There are 45 transit stops in this neighbourhood. In Balfour, there are mostly vehicle commuters and most commute within the city.

Commute Destination for Residents

  • Commute within the city - 70%
  • Commute to another city - 30%

Commute Types

  • Vehicle - 79%
  • Transit - 16%
  • Walk/bike - 3%

Commute Times of Residents

  • 15 to 29 minutes - 39%
  • 30 to 44 minutes - 19%
  • 45 to 59 minutes - 9%
  • 60 minutes and over - 11%
  • Less than 15 minutes - 21%

Work and Education in Balfour

In Balfour, 19% of adult residents hold a bachelor's degree or higher and 62% have any postsecondary education. The health care and social assistance industry is the most common for residents.

Household Income

  • Under $30,000 - 9%
  • $30,000 to $39,999 - 8%
  • $40,000 to $49,999 - 8%
  • $50,000 to $59,999 - 9%
  • $60,000 to $69,999 - 9%
  • $70,000 to $79,999 - 6%
  • $80,000 to $89,999 - 7%
  • $90,000 to $99,999 - 5%
  • $100,000 to $124,999 - 11%
  • $125,000 to $149,999 - 7%
  • $150,000 to $199,999 - 8%
  • $200,000 and over - 1%

Most Common Occupations (Top 3)

  • Sales and service occupations - 24%
  • Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations - 15%
  • Health occupations - 12%

Most Common Industries (Top 3)

  • Health care and social assistance - 19%
  • Manufacturing - 16%
  • Retail trade - 13%

Employment

  • Employed - 55% of people over age 15 are employed
  • Unemployed - 4% are unemployed
  • Not in the labour force - 39% are retired, students, homemakers, etc.

Balfour Homes

In Balfour, there are mostly detached homes. This neighbourhood has a consistent population, with 26% of households having moved within the past 5 years and 10% having moved within the past year. It has mostly older homes and is mostly owner-occupied.

Home Types

  • Single-detached house - 92%
  • Semi-detached house - 0%
  • Duplex - 2%
  • Row house - 0%
  • Low-rise apartment/condo - 5%
  • High-rise apartment/condo - 0%

Condominium Status

  • Condominium - 0%
  • Not condominium - 98%

Number of Bedrooms in Homes

  • 1 bedroom - 3%
  • 2 bedrooms - 20%
  • 3 bedrooms - 52%
  • No bedrooms - 0%
  • 4 or more bedrooms - 23%

Period of Home Construction

  • 1961 to 1980 - 29%
  • 1981 to 1990 - 2%
  • 1991 to 2000 - 4%
  • 2001 to 2005 - 0%
  • 2006 to 2010 - 0%
  • 2011 to 2016 - 0%
  • 1960 or before - 63%

Renters & Owners

  • Owner - 83%
  • Renter - 15%
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