Rural income trends

In the second part of December of 2015, the Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) made available its fifth set of Focus on Rural Ontario fact sheets informing us about the non-metro household income levels and trends. The observed upward trend in the median non-metro household income levels in the past fifteen years is pleasant news, however a large portion of this growth happened before the 2008-2009 recession. The average income levels in rural areas were about 10 to 15 percent lower than in urban areas across Ontario; with the gap widening more during more recent years.

According to the data used by ROI analysts, the rural income inequality is lower than urban income inequality. More interesting facts are presented on these informative documents.

This information is relevant for general public and government for better economic policy and strategy planning.

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