Neighbourhood Guide

Thornlea

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.

Thornlea has a consistent population, is higher income, and is popular with highly educated people, people in their 20s, people in their 40s, people in their 50s, and people in their 60s. The small neighbourhood of Thornlea is in the southwest corner of Markham, nestled below the junction of Highways 407 and 404, and with Leslie Street running north–south through roughly the centre. The area features parklands, forests, and a trail system close to the Little German Creek, which forms the western border. Homes in the neighbourhood are mostly single-detached, 2-storey, on fairly large lots.

People & Families in Thornlea

Families with kids make up 54% of households in this neighbourhood, while couples without children make up 33% of households and 6% of households are one person living alone. People in this neighbourhood come from 70 different ethnic origins, and 58% are first-generation immigrants, while 28% are second-generation immigrants.

Neighbourhood Households

1,575

Neighbourhood Population

4,965

Household Size

  • 1 person - 5%
  • 2 persons - 34%
  • 3 persons - 24%
  • 4 persons - 22%
  • 5 or more persons - 13%

Household Types

  • One-person households - 6%
  • Non-family households - 0%
  • Families with children - 54%
  • Couples without children - 33%
  • Multiple families in household - 6%

Children Per Family

  • 1 child - 28%
  • 2 children - 27%
  • 3 or more children - 6%

Broad Age Ranges

  • 0 to 14 years - 12%
  • 15 to 64 years - 64%
  • 65 years and over - 22%

Most Common Ethnic Origins

  • Chinese - 36%
  • Polish - 10%
  • East Indian - 10%
  • Russian - 6%
  • Iranian - 6%

Age of Primary Household Maintainer

  • 15 to 24 years - 0%
  • 25 to 34 years - 2%
  • 35 to 44 years - 10%
  • 45 to 54 years - 22%
  • 55 to 64 years - 28%
  • 65 to 74 years - 27%
  • 75 to 84 years - 7%
  • 85 years and over - 1%

Specific Age Groups

  • 0 to 4 years - 3%
  • 5 to 9 years - 4%
  • 10 to 14 years - 4%
  • 15 to 19 years - 5%
  • 20 to 29 years - 12%
  • 30 to 39 years - 8%
  • 40 to 49 years - 11%
  • 50 to 59 years - 15%
  • 60 to 69 years - 21%
  • over 70 years - 9%

Thornlea Schools

This neighbourhood has great elementary schools, great secondary schools, elementary special programs, and secondary special programs. There are 7 public schools and 5 Catholic schools serving Thornlea. The special programs offered at local schools include French Immersion, International Baccalaureate, and Advanced Placement.

Public Schools

7

Catholic Schools

5

Having Fun in Thornlea

Fun is easy to find at the parks here. Parks in this neighbourhood feature playgrounds for kids, dog parks, and skating. There are 3 parks in this neighbourhood, with 12 recreational facilities in total. The average number of facilities per park is 4.

Number of Parks

3

Number of Recreation Facilities

12

Recreation Facilities in Neighbourhood Parks

  • Playgrounds - 3
  • Dog Park - 1
  • Rink - 1
  • Ball Diamond - 1
  • Sports Fields - 4
  • Trails - 2
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Getting Around in Thornlea

There are 84 transit stops in Thornlea. In Thornlea, there are mostly vehicle commuters and most commute to another city.

Commute Destination for Residents

  • Commute within the city - 21%
  • Commute to another city - 78%

Commute Types

  • Vehicle - 82%
  • Transit - 15%
  • Walk/bike - 1%

Commute Times of Residents

  • 15 to 29 minutes - 32%
  • 30 to 44 minutes - 21%
  • 45 to 59 minutes - 15%
  • 60 minutes and over - 18%
  • Less than 15 minutes - 12%

Work and Education in Thornlea

Thornlea is popular with highly educated people, with 69% of adult residents holding a bachelor's degree or higher and 87% having any postsecondary education. The professional, scientific and technical services industry is the most common for residents.

Household Income

  • Under $30,000 - 4%
  • $30,000 to $39,999 - 1%
  • $40,000 to $49,999 - 2%
  • $50,000 to $59,999 - 2%
  • $60,000 to $69,999 - 4%
  • $70,000 to $79,999 - 4%
  • $80,000 to $89,999 - 5%
  • $90,000 to $99,999 - 4%
  • $100,000 to $124,999 - 9%
  • $125,000 to $149,999 - 10%
  • $150,000 to $199,999 - 17%
  • $200,000 and over - 29%

Most Common Occupations (Top 3)

  • Business, finance and administration occupations - 25%
  • Management occupations - 16%
  • Sales and service occupations - 15%

Most Common Industries (Top 3)

  • Professional, scientific and technical services - 19%
  • Health care and social assistance - 11%
  • Retail trade - 11%

Employment

  • Employed - 59% of people over age 15 are employed
  • Unemployed - 4% are unemployed
  • Not in the labour force - 36% are retired, students, homemakers, etc.

Thornlea Homes

In Thornlea, there are mostly detached homes. This neighbourhood has a consistent population, with 21% of households having moved within the past 5 years and 9% having moved within the past year. It has a mix of older and newer homes and is mostly owner-occupied.

Home Types

  • Single-detached house - 97%
  • Semi-detached house - 0%
  • Duplex - 2%
  • Row house - 0%
  • Low-rise apartment/condo - 0%
  • High-rise apartment/condo - 0%

Condominium Status

  • Condominium - 0%
  • Not condominium - 100%

Number of Bedrooms in Homes

  • 1 bedroom - 0%
  • 2 bedrooms - 0%
  • 3 bedrooms - 5%
  • No bedrooms - 0%
  • 4 or more bedrooms - 93%

Period of Home Construction

  • 1961 to 1980 - 12%
  • 1981 to 1990 - 77%
  • 1991 to 2000 - 8%
  • 2001 to 2005 - 1%
  • 2006 to 2010 - 0%
  • 2011 to 2016 - 0%
  • 1960 or before - 0%

Renters & Owners

  • Owner - 97%
  • Renter - 2%

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