Toronto Profiles
Living in Downtown and the Centres

The downtown and the four city centres with large concentrations of condominium towers.

Compared with the rest of the City, Downtown and the Centres have:
- more adults in their twenties and thirties;
- more single person households; and
- fewer families with children.

75% of Downtown and Centre residents moved to their current homes from another location within the City of Toronto.
Access to public transit was the number one reason given by residents for choosing to live in a Centre. For Downtown residents, being close to work was the most important reason.
For Downtown and Centre residents, the most important reasons for a future move to a new home involve improving their housing – more space, more affordable, or to own. Most will move within their local area or stay within the City of Toronto.
Over 35% of residents in each Centre use transit to get to work or school, with this level rising to over 50% in North York and Yonge-Eglinton.
Walking is easily the most popular mode of travel to work or school for those living Downtown.
Downtown and Centre residents enjoy living close to various amenities such as shopping, community and cultural facilities, transportation networks and services.
Downtown and Centre residents see housing affordability and traffic
congestion as the most common negative aspects of their areas.
Overall, Downtown and Centre residents tend to be very satisfied with
the areas in which they live – offering an average satisfaction rating of 8.1
(on a scale of 1 to 10).

Intend to move
Over one quarter of all residents intend to move to another residence within
the next two years and one half would do so within the next five years.

In Yonge-Eglinton Centre, 40% of residents intend to move within two years and 62% would like to move within five years.

This is consistent with 2006 Census data for Toronto that show that about 60% of apartment dwellers moved within the previous five years and 22% within the past year.

Move where?
Thirty percent of all households expressed a clear intention to move out of the Centres in the next five years, while only 14% intend to move out of Downtown.

Scarborough Centre residents are less likely to stay in their neighbourhood and more likely to move out of Toronto to a neighbouring municipality than those living in Downtown or the other Centres.

The survey indicates that Downtown and Yonge-Eglinton Centre residents
are more likely to move into an apartment / condominium while the majority of Scarborough, North York and Etobicoke Centre residents would prefer
to move to a ground-related dwelling.

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