As Hamiltonians, we know how amazing of a city we have. The beautiful nature trails, parks and green space, bike trails, a vibrant arts and culture scene, trendy bars and restaurants, incredible boutique shops, historic roots, health research innovation, a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem, and close proximity to other big cities – just to name a few.
But from a Torontonian’s perspective, apparently they see Hamilton as “big yards”, “cool cafes”, “cheap houses”, “no traffic jams” and “parks galore!”.
— Sarah Fulford (@sarah_fulford) June 20, 2017
In Toronto Life’s latest article, “The New Hamiltonians“, published on Wednesday, they tell the stories of Torontonians moving to Hamilton who have “had it with tiny houses and giant mortgages are moving to a refuge of space, quiet and $500,000 homes”.
Hamilton is described as a city undergoing a renaissance, with new developments and businesses, and “an influx of Torontonians buying up property”. An “oasis of value and space, where properties list for roughly half of what their Toronto equivalents would”, and where “you can get the big-city experience at a discount”.
Sounds like Torontonians are starting to realize how good we have it here!
The magazine states an interesting fact, that in the first quarter of 2017, “23 per cent of people who bought homes in the Hamilton area were from the GTA”. That number is staggering. To think that nearly a quarter of people buying homes in our city were not raised in Hamilton.
But are all these people moving to Hamilton just to live here and commute to Toronto? The answer might not be so clear cut as you might think. According to the 2011 National Household Survey, less than four per cent of Hamilton commuters (roughly 7,000 workers) were heading to Toronto for work, while 70 per cent worked within Hamilton.
Hamilton is booming with new jobs, and hopefully we can retain people to live and work in the city. According to the Toronto Life article, the Hamilton area is expected to generate “2,600 new jobs in 2017 and 4,000 more next year, mostly in the tech, health and education sectors.” This is great news for students graduating from Mohawk and McMaster who might be thinking that the only chance of them getting a job is to move to Toronto.
It appears the secret about how great our city is, has finally make its way out. To all those who have discovered Hamilton and made it their new home, welcome.