Torontonians, Calgarians spend the most on looking good
October 3, 2010 6 Comments
“Have you ever been to Montreal?”, an acquaintance asked me recently.
Indeed I had.
“My God, there’s a lot of money in that town,” he continued. “Have you seen how well those people dress?”
It’s true that one of the first things you notice when you arrive in downtown Montreal on a weekday afternoon is how well-dressed many of the locals are. Dare I say it, but between that and the fact that French is the language of day to day life, it’s almost like being in a foreign country.
That got me wondering how Canada’s major cities stack up when it comes to how much they spend on clothing.
Sure enough, Statistics Canada came through with the answer. Their 2008 survey of household expenditures (posted online) provides a city-by-city analysis of how much money the average household spends on clothing.
Surprisingly, Winnipeg and Montreal were virtually tied in terms of how much the average household spends on clothing — $2,562 in Montreal, versus $2,573 in Winnipeg.
The biggest spenders on clothing were Torontonians, where the average household spent $3,832 on clothing — nearly 50 percent more than what the average Winnipeg household spent. Calgary households, at $3,680 per year, outspent Winnipeg households by more than 40 percent.
The lowest spenders: Saint John, N.B. ($2,459) and Charlottetown, P.E.I. ($2,362).
Data, unfortunately, were not available for Ottawa, Quebec City, Victoria, Whitehorse and Yellowknife.
So, what does this mean for The Elms?