Demographics in Chilliwack, BC

Population Marital Status Employment Spoken Language Median Income Households Housing Education Commute Time

What is the population of Chilliwack?

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Y-o-Y Change
Total population 2020* 95,178 1.6%

Population by gender

% of Total
Total population 2016 83,785
Male population 40,950 48.9%
Female population 42,835 51.1%
Average age 40.8
Male population 48.9%
Female population 51.1%

Population by age group

% of Total
Under 14 15,910 19.0%
15 to 24 10,070 12.0%
25 to 34 9,835 11.7%
35 to 44 9,990 11.9%
45 to 54 11,720 14.0%
55 to 64 11,090 13.2%
Over 65 15,180 18.1%
Under 14 19.0%
15 to 24 12.0%
25 to 34 11.7%
35 to 44 11.9%
45 to 54 14.0%
55 to 64 13.2%
Over 65 18.1%
There are 83,785 residents in Chilliwack, with an average age of 40.8. Males make up 48.9% of the population, while females account for 51.1%. Locals under 14 years old represent the largest age group in Chilliwack (15,910 individuals), followed by those aged over 65 (15,180 people).

What is the marital status of Chilliwack residents?

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% of Total
Married 34,200 50.4%
Common law 6,245 9.2%
Single 16,310 24.0%
Separated 2,185 3.2%
Divorced 4,710 6.9%
Widowed 4,235 6.2%
Married 50.4%
Common law 9.2%
Single 24.0%
Separated 3.2%
Divorced 6.9%
Widowed 6.2%
A total of 16,310 people in Chilliwack have never been married (which represents 24% of the population). Wedded people in Chilliwack (34,200 locals) account for 50.4% of the resident pool. Meanwhile, approximately 9.2% of locals live common law (that’s a total of 6,245 people).

What are the employment statistics in Chilliwack?

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Unemployment rate 6.4%
% of Total
Management 4,295 10.9%
Business, finance and administration 5,155 13.1%
Natural and applied sciences 1,595 4.0%
Health 2,765 7.0%
Education, law, community and government services 5,065 12.9%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 875 2.2%
Sales and service 8,965 22.8%
Trades and transport 7,405 18.8%
Natural resources and agriculture 1,685 4.3%
Manufacturing and utilities 1,550 3.9%
Management 10.9%
Business, finance and administration 13.1%
Natural and applied sciences 4.0%
Health 7.0%
Education, law, community and government services 12.9%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 2.2%
Sales and service 22.8%
Trades and transport 18.8%
Natural resources and agriculture 4.3%
Manufacturing and utilities 3.9%
Chilliwack has an unemployment rate of 6.4%. Regarding the most common jobs in Chilliwack, people working in Sales and service account for the largest share of the local workforce (8,965 individuals), followed by those in Trades and transport (7,405 individuals) and Business, finance and administration (5,155 individuals).

What language is most spoken in Chilliwack?

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% of Total
English 81,615 98.3%
French 860 1.0%
English and French 115 0.1%
Neither English nor French 460 0.6%
The majority of Chilliwack residents (that’s 98.3%) speak English.

What is the median household income in Chilliwack?

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Median household income $67,800
Median after-tax household income $59,785
The median household income in Chilliwack is $67,800, while the median after-tax household income sits at $59,785 per year.

How many households are there in Chilliwack?

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Homeownership

% of Total
Total households 32,440
Owned households 23,665 73.0%
Rented households 8,775 27.0%
Owned households 73.0%
Rented households 27.0%

Household size

Average household size 2.5
% of Total
1 person 8,420 26.0%
2 person 11,630 35.9%
3 person 4,630 14.3%
4 person 4,385 13.5%
5 person 3,365 10.4%
1 person 26.0%
2 person 35.9%
3 person 14.3%
4 person 13.5%
5 person 10.4%

Households by age of primary maintainer

% of Total
Under 34 5,240 16.2%
35 to 44 5,200 16.0%
45 to 54 6,640 20.5%
55 to 64 6,415 19.8%
Over 65 8,945 27.6%
Under 34 16.2%
35 to 44 16.0%
45 to 54 20.5%
55 to 64 19.8%
Over 65 27.6%
There is a total of 32,440 households in Chilliwack, 73% of which are owner-occupied and 27% of which have renters living in them. Meanwhile, the average household size in Chilliwack is 2.5 people. Of the total households here, those with 2 people living in them account for the largest share of the market (11,630 households), followed by establishments occupied by 1 person (8,420 households). Moreover, families whose primary maintainer is over 65 years old represent the largest percentage of the total households in Chilliwack, at 27.6%.

What are the housing characteristics in Chilliwack?

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Year built

% of Total
Before 1945 1,575 4.9%
Between 1946 and 1960 2,780 8.6%
Between 1961 and 1970 2,660 8.2%
Between 1971 and 1980 5,395 16.6%
Between 1981 and 1990 4,040 12.5%
Between 1991 and 2000 6,390 19.7%
Between 2001 and 2010 7,160 22.1%
After 2011 2,435 7.5%
Before 1945 4.9%
Between 1946 and 1960 8.6%
Between 1961 and 1970 8.2%
Between 1971 and 1980 16.6%
Between 1981 and 1990 12.5%
Between 1991 and 2000 19.7%
Between 2001 and 2010 22.1%
After 2011 7.5%

No. of bedrooms

% of Total
No bedrooms 130 0.4%
1 bedroom 3,455 10.6%
2 bedrooms 7,800 24.0%
3 bedrooms 10,845 33.4%
4 or more bedroom 10,215 31.5%
No bedrooms 0.4%
1 bedroom 10.6%
2 bedrooms 24.0%
2 bedrooms 33.4%
4 or more bedroom 31.5%

Property type

% of Total
Single-detached homes 18,085 55.7%
Apartments 260 0.8%
Attached homes 13,770 42.4%
Movable homes 335 1.0%
Single-detached homes 55.7%
Apartments 0.8%
Attached homes 42.4%
Movable homes 1.0%
Median home value $399,710
Average home value $424,681

Home improvement needed

% of Total
Regular maintenance 23,665 73.0%
Major repairs 1,710 5.3%
Minor repairs 7,065 21.8%
Regular maintenance 73.0%
Minor repairs 21.8%
Major repairs 5.3%
Single-detached houses account for 55.7% of the residential buildings in Chilliwack. Apartments make up 0.8% of the Chilliwack housing market. Meanwhile, the median home value here is $399,710 and the average figure sits at $424,681. Of all the properties in Chilliwack, 3 bedrooms units include 10,845 (the highest share) and 4 or more bedrooms units have 10,215 (second-highest share). Notably, when it comes to the condition of these homes, most of them require regular maintenance (73%) and minor repairs (21.8%).

What is the education level in Chilliwack?

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% of Total
No diploma 12,505 18.9%
High school diploma 23,030 34.7%
Apprenticeship diploma 7,165 10.8%
College diploma 12,310 18.6%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 3,065 4.6%
University degree 8,230 12.4%
No diploma 18.9%
High school diploma 34.7%
Apprenticeship diploma 10.8%
College diploma 18.6%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 4.6%
University degree 12.4%
Approximately 34.7% of the population in Chilliwack has a high school diploma (that’s 23,030 residents). Chilliwack locals holding a college diploma (12,310 people) account for 18.6% of the resident pool. Additionally, 12.4% of them hold a university degree (8,230 people).

What is the average commute time in Chilliwack?

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Average commute time 24 min

Commuting mode

% of Total
By car, truck or van 32,545 91.0%
By public transit 675 1.9%
By bicycle/by walking 2,000 5.6%
By other methods 560 1.6%
By car, truck or van 91.0%
By public transit 1.9%
By bicycle/by walking 5.6%
By other methods 1.6%

Commuting destinations

% of Total
Commute within the same municipality 19,145 64.9%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 10,220 34.6%
Commute to a different province 145 0.5%
Commute within the same municipality 64.9%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 34.6%
Commute to a different province 0.5%

Commuting duration

% of Total
Less than 15 minutes 13,220 37.0%
15 to 29 minutes 11,445 32.0%
30 to 44 minutes 5,570 15.6%
45 to 59 minutes 1,880 5.3%
More than 60 minutes 3,655 10.2%
Less than 15 minutes 37.0%
15 to 29 minutes 32.0%
30 to 44 minutes 15.6%
45 to 59 minutes 5.3%
More than 60 minutes 10.2%
Most employed people in Chilliwack (13,220 individuals) travel less than 15 min to get to work, followed by those who commute 15 to 29 min (11,445 individuals). All in all, the average commute time in Chilliwack is 24 min. The preferred commuting mode here is by car, truck or van and most employed Chilliwack locals commute within the same municipality to get to work.

Methodology & Disclaimers


Demographic data shown in this section was gathered from the latest census data from Statistics Canada (2016).
Census aggregated data represented here is extracted from Data Tables, by topic, at census subdivision area level. Differences may be found between the totals of the various categories due to multiple variables.
The information is updated as soon as new data is made available. No representation, guarantee or warranty is made as to the accuracy or completeness of information.
*Total population 2020 extracted from Annual Population Estimates.

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