The latest Census data is out, this time outlining income levels across the country.

And the data suggests the median total income for households eclipsed $70-thousand dollars in 2015, a jump of 10.8 per cent from 2005.

In Timmins, the median total income is higher than the Canadian average, sitting at just over $73-thousand dollars.

Stats Canada says the spike was largely driven by the commodity price boom of the last decade—Nunavut and Saskatchewan saw increases of more than 36 per cent, while Newfoundland and Labrador, Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Manitoba also grew by more than 20 per cent.

However, nearly 1.2 million children under 18—17 per cent of Canada’s 6.8 million kids—lived in a low-income household.

That’s about one quarter of the 4.8 million people (14.2 per cent) who were living in poverty in 2015—the largest share of them in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

The average is higher in Timmins.

17.5 per cent of local kids under 18—or 1,525—live in low-income housing. They add 5,600 people overall live in low-income homes in Timmins, representing 13.6 per cent of the population.

Data was also released on income based on gender. And men are still making more money than women.

The median amount for total income is $34,204 for anyone above the age of 15 in Canada. The median amount for men sits at $40,782, while women come in at $28,860.

Locally, the numbers are slightly higher with total income no matter the gender at $36,426. Local men over 15 come in at $48,699, while the women are $28,546.

CLICK HERE to check out all the latest data released.

The next Census 2016 data comes out October 25th, focusing on “immigration and ethnocultural diversity, Housing, Aboriginal peoples.”

(With files from The Canadian Press)

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