09/12/2013 12:50 EDT

Canadian Cities With Highest Low-Income Rates (PHOTOS)


The final chunk of data in the National Household Survey reveals the income distribution of Canadians, and with those numbers a picture of poverty can be painted in each city.

The NHS collected information on the poverty rate — or percentage of those living on an income below $20,000 — in each Canadian city, as well as raw numbers of those in that salary range.

Calgary, for example, has a "prevalence of low income" of 10.9 per cent, the lowest in Canada. In fact, according to StatsCan's NHS data, there are more people in Calgary who make more than $100,000 (roughly 97,400 lucky folks) than those who earn between $20,000 and $29,000 (around 97,330 people.)

Contrast that with Montreal, where the $20,000-29,000 salary range has the most people (200,690).

Since StatsCan says its current NHS low-income estimates aren't comparable to the findings of the old census — the long-form mandatory census was axed in 2006 — we can't fully track how the Great Recession of 2008 affected poverty rates in Canada.

Check out the poverty rates of major Canadian cities in the slideshow below:

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