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Cost of Living in Durham

The average cost of shelter in Durham, includes monthly payments for mortgage or rent, as well as utilities, taxes, and other services or fees.

In 2014, the average cost for a resale home was $391,692 and the average monthly rent was $1,000. 25% of Durham residents spend more than 30% of their income on shelter costs.

In 2011, the average owner's major payment was $1,443 and the average gross rent in Durham Region was $955. This represents an average $100 increase in monthly owners' payments and an average $81 increase in gross rent compared to 2006.

Affordability among Durham Region's households has been fairly consistent since 1995. Households spending more than 30% of household income on housing ranged from a low of 22.6% in 2000 to a high of 26.5% in 1995. The percentage of households with an affordability problem (spending 30% or more of household income on housing) decreased slightly from 25.9% in 2005 to 25.0% in 2010.

Affordability is a much greater concern for tenant households. Households spending more than 30% of household income on rental housing ranged from 36.7% in Pickering to 44.6% in Clarington. By contrast, the number of owner households spending more than 30% of household income on ownership housing was lower, ranging from 16.3% in Scugog to 25.7% in Ajax.

Source: Durham Region Profile
Demographic and Socio-Economic Report
Planning and Economic Development Department
October 2015

For more information about the cost of living in Durham Region, as well as other demographic and socio-economic facts, visit the Durham Region Planning Department webpage.
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