Excerpts from Hizzoner: “Boom, Bust & Echo” in Pelham and Niagara Hizzoner is a column written by the mayors of Niagara. This edition comes from Pelham’s Dave Augustyn.
Do you remember the book entitled “Boom, Bust & Echo” that was popular in the late 1990s? I pulled it off my shelf last week as Statistics Canada released new population data for all communities, including Pelham, from the 2011 Census.
The book, by David K. Foot and Daniel Stoffman, theorized that demographics – the study of population – explained “about two-thirds of everything.” They wrote that demographics describes “which products will be in demand, where job opportunities will occur, what school enrolments will be, when house values will rise or drop, what kinds of food people will buy and what kinds of cars they will drive.”
Looking at Canadian demographic data, the book groups the population into “cohorts” and names them. For example, you have likely heard of the most famous and largest of cohorts – the “Baby Boomers” – born from 1947 to 1966.
So I took the Statistics Canada data and compared our population in Pelham with the rest of the Niagara Region (excluding Pelham). It reveals some interesting facts.
In terms of population distribution, the data clearly identifies the presence of “Baby Boomers” – those 45 to 64 (in 2011) – in Pelham and in the rest of Niagara. If you are one of them, you made up 33 per cent of Pelham’s population, compared to 30 per cent in the rest of Niagara in 2011.
The next group – the Baby Bust – born from 1967 to 1979 would have been 32 to 44 years old in 2011. This group made up just more than 13 per cent in Pelham and 15 per cent of the rest of Niagara.
The Echo group – the children of the Baby Boomers – is another large cohort with additional differences. If you were between 16 and 31 years old in 2011, you were one of more than 16 per cent in Pelham and 19 per cent in Niagara.
The next group of children – referred to as the “Millennium Kids” and aged from zero to 15 years old in 2011 – formed nearly 17 oer cent of the population.
Those of other cohorts include the “Roaring Twenties” (aged from 82 to 91 in 2011 and roughly 4 per cent of the population), the “Depression Babies” (from 72 to 81 in 2011 and approximately 8 pre cent), and “World War II Babies” (65 to 71 in 2011 and just over 8 per cent).
Source: Bullet News