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

Rural Ancaster is a historic town with a tight-knit community and a peaceful, countryside feel.

Property Pulse

Mostly older, owner-occupied homes with large windows, gas fireplaces, and charming features.

Community Canvas

A rural community of families, retirees, and immigrants, with a strong sense of belonging.

What You'll Love

Great schools, beautiful parks, and a variety of recreational facilities for families to enjoy.

Have a look around Rural Ancaster.

Rural Ancaster has a consistent population, and is popular with families with teens, people in their 40s, people in their 50s, and people in their 60s. Ancaster is a historic town in the city of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, located on the Niagara Escarpment. Founded as a town in 1793, it immediately developed itself into one of the first important and influential early British Upper Canada communities established during the late 18th century eventually amalgamating with the city of Hamilton in 2001. Rural Ancaster is mostly farmland and forested areas, with some small rural communities.

People & Families in Rural Ancaster

Families with kids make up 43% of households in Rural Ancaster, while couples without children make up 36% of households and 17% of households are one person living alone. People in Rural Ancaster come from 55 different ethnic origins, and 15% are first-generation immigrants, while 26% are second-generation immigrants.

Neighbourhood Households

1,875

Neighbourhood Population

5,263

Household Size

  • 1 person - 17%
  • 2 persons - 40%
  • 3 persons - 14%
  • 4 persons - 16%
  • 5 or more persons - 13%

Household Types

  • One-person households - 16%
  • Non-family households - 1%
  • Families with children - 43%
  • Couples without children - 35%
  • Multiple families in household - 3%

Children Per Family

  • 1 child - 19%
  • 2 children - 21%
  • 3 or more children - 13%

Broad Age Ranges

  • 0 to 14 years - 16%
  • 15 to 64 years - 62%
  • 65 years and over - 20%

Most Common Ethnic Origins

  • English - 29%
  • Canadian - 25%
  • Scottish - 24%
  • Dutch - 20%
  • Irish - 20%

Age of Primary Household Maintainer

  • 15 to 24 years - 0%
  • 25 to 34 years - 6%
  • 35 to 44 years - 15%
  • 45 to 54 years - 22%
  • 55 to 64 years - 21%
  • 65 to 74 years - 17%
  • 75 to 84 years - 9%
  • 85 years and over - 3%

Specific Age Groups

  • 0 to 4 years - 4%
  • 5 to 9 years - 5%
  • 10 to 14 years - 6%
  • 15 to 19 years - 7%
  • 20 to 29 years - 8%
  • 30 to 39 years - 7%
  • 40 to 49 years - 12%
  • 50 to 59 years - 17%
  • 60 to 69 years - 12%
  • over 70 years - 11%

Rural Ancaster Schools

Rural Ancaster has great secondary schools, elementary special programs, and secondary special programs. There are 10 public schools, 8 Catholic schools, and 2 private schools serving Rural Ancaster. The special programs offered at local schools include French Immersion, Montessori, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate.

Public Schools

10

Catholic Schools

8

Private Schools

2

Having Fun in Rural Ancaster

Fun is easy to find at the many parks & rec facilities here. Parks in Rural Ancaster feature playgrounds for kids and skating. There are 5 parks in this neighbourhood, with 27 recreational facilities in total. The average number of facilities per park is 5.

Number of Parks

5

Number of Recreation Facilities

27

Recreation Facilities in Neighbourhood Parks

  • Playgrounds - 3
  • Pool - 1
  • Arena - 1
  • Rinks - 2
  • Basketball Court - 1
  • Ball Diamonds - 7
  • Sports Fields - 3
  • Community Centres - 4
  • Splash Pads - 2
  • Trails - 2
  • Gym - 1
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Getting Around in Rural Ancaster

There are 232 transit stops in Rural Ancaster. In Rural Ancaster, there are mostly vehicle commuters and most commute within the city.

Commute Destination for Residents

  • Commute within the city - 65%
  • Commute to another city - 34%

Commute Types

  • Vehicle - 91%
  • Transit - 1%
  • Walk/bike - 3%

Commute Times of Residents

  • 15 to 29 minutes - 35%
  • 30 to 44 minutes - 23%
  • 45 to 59 minutes - 7%
  • 60 minutes and over - 9%
  • Less than 15 minutes - 22%

Work and Education in Rural Ancaster

In this neighbourhood, 34% of adult residents hold a bachelor's degree or higher and 70% have any postsecondary education. The health care and social assistance industry is the most common for residents.

Household Income

  • Under $30,000 - 4%
  • $30,000 to $39,999 - 5%
  • $40,000 to $49,999 - 5%
  • $50,000 to $59,999 - 5%
  • $60,000 to $69,999 - 4%
  • $70,000 to $79,999 - 6%
  • $80,000 to $89,999 - 6%
  • $90,000 to $99,999 - 5%
  • $100,000 to $124,999 - 11%
  • $125,000 to $149,999 - 9%
  • $150,000 to $199,999 - 13%
  • $200,000 and over - 17%

Most Common Occupations (Top 3)

  • Sales and service occupations - 16%
  • Management occupations - 15%
  • Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations - 13%

Most Common Industries (Top 3)

  • Health care and social assistance - 12%
  • Construction - 9%
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting - 8%

Employment

  • Employed - 65% of people over age 15 are employed
  • Unemployed - 2% are unemployed
  • Not in the labour force - 31% are retired, students, homemakers, etc.

Rural Ancaster Homes

In Rural Ancaster, there are mostly detached homes. Rural Ancaster has a consistent population, with 21% of households having moved within the past 5 years and 7% having moved within the past year. It has mostly older homes and is mostly owner-occupied.

Home Types

  • Single-detached house - 84%
  • Semi-detached house - 1%
  • Duplex - 2%
  • Row house - 6%
  • Low-rise apartment/condo - 1%
  • High-rise apartment/condo - 0%

Condominium Status

  • Condominium - 7%
  • Not condominium - 93%

Number of Bedrooms in Homes

  • 1 bedroom - 3%
  • 2 bedrooms - 17%
  • 3 bedrooms - 39%
  • No bedrooms - 0%
  • 4 or more bedrooms - 41%

Period of Home Construction

  • 1961 to 1980 - 20%
  • 1981 to 1990 - 14%
  • 1991 to 2000 - 11%
  • 2001 to 2005 - 6%
  • 2006 to 2010 - 2%
  • 2011 to 2016 - 1%
  • 1960 or before - 40%

Renters & Owners

  • Owner - 90%
  • Renter - 9%
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