As often mentioned in this space, we’re very proud of our PCensus software and its ability to provide demographic and spending data down to the neighbourhood level. We’re the only public library that we know of in the GTA that offers it, so drop us a line and make an appointment today, and we’ll show you what it can do (end plug) .
As comprehensive as PCensus is, there are more specialized subjects for which it doesn’t provide data. One of these is health. Health is a huge business field and information is important, but up until now, data specific to Durham was tough to find.
Fortunately, the Durham Region Health Department has released a new data tool that provides access to interactive health information for the entire Region. The Region’s Health Neighbourhoods is a mapping tool that lets you investigate several different health, demographic and child development-related variables for fifty defined health neighbourhoods across the Region. The Region was divided into fifty neighbourhoods roughly equal in population – about 12,000 each. You can compare factors like births (live birth rates, small/large for gestational age), obesity, prevalence of cardiovascular disease and infectious disease, rates of accidental injury, childhood asthma and many more. Early childhood development measures include physical health, language development, social competence and several others. And good old-fashioned demographic data includes familiar variables like population growth, education, income, as well as several others. You use the maps to compare (and click on an area for more information) or see all of the data for a specific neighbourhood or municipality.
This is an awesome resource! It’s designed to improve the health and quality of life for residents of the Region, but like most data, it has many uses. Businesses in the fields of nutrition, exercise, health provision, anything related to young kids or babies, or indeed health in general, can find something here.
Check out the Health Neighbourhoods website and click on map viewer or neighbourhood profiles to start your search!