Many studies on how to improve the quality of life of citizens recommend focusing public policy and social programs on where people actually live: local neighbourhoods. This paper provides a preliminary comparative analysis of the socio-economic status of the Black population across neighbourhoods in Peel Region. Thirty-one (31) neighbourhoods in Peel are included in this study. The focus of analysis is on three areas of socio-economic status: education, employment, and income. A total of twelve (12) social indicators related to these three areas of socio-economic status are chosen for analysis.
The taxonomic method is used to measure and analyze variations among the neighbourhoods with respect to the socio-economic status of Blacks in Peel. The findings of this research reveal many differences among Blacks in Peel both within and among neighbourhoods, with the neighbourhood of Urban Caledon (L7C) having the highest percentage of Blacks of high socio-economic status, and that of East Brampton (L6T) having the highest percentage of Blacks of low socio-economic status. The findings of this study can be used to inform the development of public policy and the provision of services for the Black community.