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The rich and not-so-rich in Langley

A painted fibreglass statue of a horse — part of the Horsing Around Langley project — which stands in front of the Township civic facility building, is decorated with banners representing the different neighbourhoods of Langley Township. On March 24, the municipality released a set of figures which rank its various neighbourhoods by income and education levels, as well as their respective rates of growth. Fort Langley topped the list as both the richest and best-educated community, with Aldergrove reporting the highest number of households with incomes under $20,000 per year. - Dan FERGUSON/Langley Times
A painted fibreglass statue of a horse — part of the Horsing Around Langley project — which stands in front of the Township civic facility building, is decorated with banners representing the different neighbourhoods of Langley Township. On March 24, the municipality released a set of figures which rank its various neighbourhoods by income and education levels, as well as their respective rates of growth. Fort Langley topped the list as both the richest and best-educated community, with Aldergrove reporting the highest number of households with incomes under $20,000 per year.
— image credit: Dan FERGUSON/Langley Times

Fort Langley is the richest and best-educated area of the Township, according to a Times analysis of new neighbourhood-by-neighbourhood profiles provided to council.

The statistics also show that the fastest-growing Township neighbourhood is Willoughby, while the slowest-growing is Brookswood-Fernridge.

The updated statistics were presented in a March 24 memo from the Community Development division to council.

The raw numbers were to be posted to the Township website at www.tol.ca under “doing business.”

The figures show that 19 per cent of Fort Langley households reported an annual income of $150,000 or more a year, well above the Township average of 14 per cent, and more than any other neighbourhood in the community.

Walnut Grove placed second, with 16 per cent of its households making $150,000 or more, while Brookswood-Fernridge and Willoughby tied for third at 14 per cent in the plus-150K category.

In terms of the exact numbers of households reporting incomes of $150,000 or more, Walnut Grove had the most with 1,435, while Willoughby was second with 930 and Brookswood-Fernridge was third with 645.

Those three neighbourhoods accounted for more than half of all Township households in the highest income category, 3,010 of the 5,165 in the entire community.

On the other end of the income spectrum, Aldergrove had the highest percentage of households making less than $20,000 a year, at 14 per cent, more than the Township average of 10 per cent.

Willoughby had the second highest percentage of households at the lower end of the income scale with 10 per cent under $20,000, and Murrayville was third at nine per cent.

In terms of the exact numbers reporting less than $20,000 a year in income, Willoughby had the most households in that category at 700, Walnut Grove was second at 635 and Aldergrove was third with 590.

The community with the smallest percentage and smallest actual number of people in the sub-$20,000 category was Fort Langley, with five per cent or 55 households.

The best educated neighbourhood was Fort Langley, with 47 per cent possessing a college or university diploma or degree, higher than the overall Township average of 40 per cent.

In terms of housing construction, the fastest-growing neighbourhood was Willoughby, which has added 2,800 new single-family and 2,400 multi-family housing units from 2006 to 2013.

Brookswood-Fernridge had the slowest growth rate, adding 167 single-family homes and seven multi-family units over the same period.

Brookswood-Fernridge has the highest percentage of single-family homes in Langley at virtually 100 per cent, with just 15 multi-family units among 4,604, compared to the Township average of 72 per cent.

Willoughby currently has the most housing units of any area of Langley Township at 10,500, 5,900 of them single-family.

Walnut Grove has the second highest number at 8,800 housing units while Brookswood is third at 4.600.

Fort Langley is smallest with 1,400 housing units, 1,200 of them single-family.

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