North of Kensington-Chinatown is College Street; to the south is Queen Street West. University Avenue passes on the east side, while Bathurst Street is to the west.
Kensington-Chinatown has a smaller area compared to similar neighbourhoods in the GTA, but it is a high growth neighbourhood and is very crowded. It has a very high percentage of working age people(49%) and families with youth (20%). The top non-official languages are Chinese and Cantonese while the top ethnic origins are Chinese, English, Irish, and Scottish. Residents have a median after-tax household income of $37,571, considered very low in comparison to Toronto’s $52,149. The neighbourhood has one of the highest crime rates in the GTA at 470 major crimes per 10,000 people per year.
Kensington-Chinatown is home to a very large number of local businesses and has a high number of high-rise apartments (48%) and low-rise apartments (38%). Home values in the neighbourhood are $477,989, lower compared to City of Toronto averages of $600,000, and it has barely any trees.
The nearest malls are Toronto Eaton Centre and Hazelton Lanes, close for easy shopping trips. The nearest grocery stores are Loblaws, Longos, and Metro, and Walmart is 3 km away. There are a number of neighbourhood parks to enjoy, including Grange Park, Julius Deutsch Park, Lillian H. Smith Park, Alexandra Park, Sonya’s Parkette, St. Patricks Square, McCaul-Orde Park, Randy Padmore Park, Glasgow Parkette, and Bellevue Square Park. The closest hospitals include Mount Sinai Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital. Also within the neighbourhoodare Lillian H. Smith Library, Sanderson Library and ScaddingCourt Community Centre.
The Gardinery Expressway is the nearest highway, and HWY 400 is 12 km away. You can take the subway from Osgoode, St. Patrick, or Queen’s Park stations. Grab the GO from GO Union.
Landmarks in Kensington Chinatown Toronto
Landmarks within the neighbourhood are Toronto Weston Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital, Scadding Court Community Centre, Lillian H. Smith Library and Sanderson Library.
Schools and Childcare in Kensington Chinatown Toronto
Neighbourhood elementary schools are Beverley School, Ryerson Community School, Ogden Junior Public School, Orde Street Junior Public School, and Kensington Community School. High school students can attend Subway Academy II, Heydon Park Secondary School, or Contact Alternative School. There are a variety of childcare centres in Kensington-Chinatown, including Westside Montessori School, Catholic Settlement House Day Nursery, Children’s Primary, Alexandra Park Early Learning and Child Care Centre, Kensington Kids Early Learning Centre, Life-Bridge Child Care, Hydrokids-Opg, George Brown-Ryerson Child Care Centre, University Settlement, and St. Stephen’s Community House Day Care.