A research team in Vancouver based at The University of British Columbia is analyzing trends in neighbourhood change in the Vancouver metropolitan area as part of the SSHRC funded Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership.

The team is led by David Ley, professor of geography at UBC, assisted by Nicholas Lynch.

Members of the team include:  Sean Lauer (sociology, UBC); Dan Hiebert (geography, UBC).

The community partners include:  the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia; and the Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia.

In January 2011 The Globe and Mail featured the income trend analysis of professor David Ley’s research team. See:  BC’s Hidden New Face of Poverty, Globe and Mail, January 2011

In August 2012 a detailed report on Vancouver’s 1970 to 2005 neighbourhood income polarization trends was published, co-authored by David Ley and Nicholas Lynch (Research Paper 223, Cities Centre, University of Toronto, August 2012).

Divisions and Disparities in Lotus-Land: Socio-Spatial Income Polarization in Greater Vancouver, 1970-2005 

  1. Figure 4 map – Change in Average Individual Income, Vancouver Region 1970-2005
  2. Figure 5 map – Change in Average Household Income 1970-2005 Vancouver CMA
  3. Figure 6 map – Average Individual Income 1970 Vancouver CMA
  4. Figure 7 map – Average Individual Income 2005 Vancouver CMA
  5. Figure 8 map – Average Household Income 1970 Vancouver CMA
  6. Figure 9 map – Average Household Income 2005 Vancouver CMA
  7. Figures 10 to 15 bar graphs – Income Distribution, 1970-2005
  8. Figure 16 map – Formerly Middle-Income Neighbourhoods Vancouver Region 1970-2005
  9. Figure 17 map – Recent Immigrants 1965-1971 Vancouver CMA
  10. Figure 18 map – Recent Immigrants 2001-2006 Vancouver CMA

An eight page summary of the key findings in this report is available:

SUMMARY version: Divisions and Disparities: Socio-Spatial Income Polarization in Greater Vancouver, 1970-2005, by David Ley & Nicholas Lynch


This page will be updated with the results of the Vancouver team’s research as it is released.

—  August 2012