Demographics in Fernie, BC

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

What is the population of Fernie?

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Population by gender

% of Total
Total population 2021 6,320
Male population 3,135 49.6%
Female population 3,185 50.4%
Average age 39.3
Male population 49.6%
Female population 50.4%

Population by age group

% of Total
Under 14 1,110 17.6%
15 to 24 530 8.4%
25 to 34 1,145 18.1%
35 to 44 1,135 18.0%
45 to 54 765 12.1%
55 to 64 710 11.2%
Over 65 925 14.6%
Under 14 17.6%
15 to 24 8.4%
25 to 34 18.1%
35 to 44 18.0%
45 to 54 12.1%
55 to 64 11.2%
Over 65 14.6%
There are 6,320 residents in Fernie, with an average age of 39.3. Males make up 49.6% of the population, while females account for 50.4%. Locals 25 to 34 years old represent the largest age group in Fernie (1,145 individuals), followed by those aged 35 to 44 (1,135 people).

What is the marital status of Fernie residents?

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% of Total
Married 2,400 46.1%
Common law 900 17.3%
Single 1,330 25.5%
Separated 95 1.8%
Divorced 270 5.2%
Widowed 215 4.1%
Married 46.1%
Common law 17.3%
Single 25.5%
Separated 1.8%
Divorced 5.2%
Widowed 4.1%
A total of 1,330 people in Fernie have never been married (which represents 25.5% of the population). Wedded people in Fernie (2,400 locals) account for 46.1% of the resident pool. Meanwhile, approximately 17.3% of locals live common law (that’s a total of 900 people).

What are the employment statistics in Fernie?

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Unemployment rate 9.4%
% of Total
Management 30 0.8%
Business, finance and administration 505 14.0%
Natural and applied sciences 335 9.3%
Health 250 6.9%
Education, law, community and government services 305 8.4%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 100 2.8%
Sales and service 1,070 29.6%
Trades and transport 710 19.6%
Natural resources and agriculture 190 5.3%
Manufacturing and utilities 120 3.3%
Management 0.8%
Business, finance and administration 14.0%
Natural and applied sciences 9.3%
Health 6.9%
Education, law, community and government services 8.4%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 2.8%
Sales and service 29.6%
Trades and transport 19.6%
Natural resources and agriculture 5.3%
Manufacturing and utilities 3.3%
Fernie has an unemployment rate of 9.4%. Regarding the most common jobs in Fernie, people working in Sales and service account for the largest share of the local workforce (1,070 individuals), followed by those in Trades and transport (710 individuals) and Business, finance and administration (505 individuals).

What language is most spoken in Fernie?

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% of Total
English 6,005 96.3%
French 205 3.3%
English and French 15 0.2%
Neither English nor French 10 0.2%
The majority of Fernie residents (that’s 96.3%) speak English.

What is the median household income in Fernie?

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Median household income $107,000
Median after-tax household income $92,000
The median household income in Fernie is $107,000, while the median after-tax household income sits at $92,000 per year.

How many households are there in Fernie?

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Homeownership

% of Total
Total households 2,595
Owned households 1,875 72.2%
Rented households 720 27.8%
Owned households 72.2%
Rented households 27.8%

Household size

Average household size 2.4
% of Total
1 person 685 26.4%
2 person 995 38.4%
3 person 385 14.9%
4 person 360 13.9%
5 person 165 6.4%
1 person 26.4%
2 person 38.4%
3 person 14.9%
4 person 13.9%
5 person 6.4%

Households by age of primary maintainer

% of Total
Under 34 555 21.4%
35 to 44 605 23.4%
45 to 54 400 15.4%
55 to 64 415 16.0%
Over 65 615 23.8%
Under 34 21.4%
35 to 44 23.4%
45 to 54 15.4%
55 to 64 16.0%
Over 65 23.8%
There is a total of 2,595 households in Fernie, 72.2% of which are owner-occupied and 27.8% of which have renters living in them. Meanwhile, the average household size in Fernie is 2.4 people. Of the total households here, those with 2 people living in them account for the largest share of the market (995 households), followed by establishments occupied by 1 person (685 households). Moreover, families whose primary maintainer is over 65 years old represent the largest percentage of the total households in Fernie, at 23.8%.

What are the housing characteristics in Fernie?

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Year built

% of Total
Before 1945 405 15.6%
Between 1946 and 1960 180 6.9%
Between 1961 and 1970 300 11.6%
Between 1971 and 1980 665 25.6%
Between 1981 and 1990 250 9.6%
Between 1991 and 2000 215 8.3%
Between 2001 and 2010 385 14.8%
After 2011 195 7.5%
Before 1945 15.6%
Between 1946 and 1960 6.9%
Between 1961 and 1970 11.6%
Between 1971 and 1980 25.6%
Between 1981 and 1990 9.6%
Between 1991 and 2000 8.3%
Between 2001 and 2010 14.8%
After 2011 7.5%

No. of bedrooms

% of Total
No bedrooms 20 0.8%
1 bedroom 235 9.1%
2 bedrooms 625 24.1%
3 bedrooms 940 36.3%
4 or more bedroom 770 29.7%
No bedrooms 0.8%
1 bedroom 9.1%
2 bedrooms 24.1%
2 bedrooms 36.3%
4 or more bedroom 29.7%

Property type

% of Total
Single-detached homes 1,620 62.2%
Attached homes 825 31.7%
Movable homes 160 6.1%
Single-detached homes 62.2%
Attached homes 31.7%
Movable homes 6.1%
Median home value $645,000
Average home value $643,000

Home improvement needed

% of Total
Regular maintenance 1,700 65.4%
Major repairs 195 7.5%
Minor repairs 705 27.1%
Regular maintenance 65.4%
Minor repairs 27.1%
Major repairs 7.5%
Single-detached houses account for 62.2% of the residential buildings in Fernie. Meanwhile, the median home value here is $645,000 and the average figure sits at $643,000. Of all the properties in Fernie, 3 bedrooms units include 940 (the highest share) and 4 or more bedrooms units have 770 (second-highest share). Notably, when it comes to the condition of these homes, most of them require regular maintenance (65.4%) and minor repairs (27.1%).

What is the education level in Fernie?

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% of Total
No diploma 450 8.8%
High school diploma 1,370 26.9%
Apprenticeship diploma 560 11.0%
College diploma 920 18.1%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 160 3.1%
University degree 1,635 32.1%
No diploma 8.8%
High school diploma 26.9%
Apprenticeship diploma 11.0%
College diploma 18.1%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 3.1%
University degree 32.1%
Approximately 26.9% of the population in Fernie has a high school diploma (that’s 1,370 residents). Fernie locals holding a college diploma (920 people) account for 18.1% of the resident pool. Additionally, 32.1% of them hold a university degree (1,635 people).

What is the average commute time in Fernie?

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Average commute time 19 min

Commuting mode

% of Total
By car, truck or van 2,180 78.1%
By public transit 60 2.2%
By bicycle/by walking 495 17.7%
By other methods 55 2.0%
By car, truck or van 78.1%
By public transit 2.2%
By bicycle/by walking 17.7%
By other methods 2.0%

Commuting destinations

% of Total
Commute within the same municipality 1,560 68.3%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 670 29.3%
Commute to a different province 55 2.4%
Commute within the same municipality 68.3%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 29.3%
Commute to a different province 2.4%

Commuting duration

% of Total
Less than 15 minutes 1,635 58.7%
15 to 29 minutes 520 18.7%
30 to 44 minutes 225 8.1%
45 to 59 minutes 120 4.3%
More than 60 minutes 285 10.2%
Less than 15 minutes 58.7%
15 to 29 minutes 18.7%
30 to 44 minutes 8.1%
45 to 59 minutes 4.3%
More than 60 minutes 10.2%
Most employed people in Fernie (1,635 individuals) travel less than 15 min to get to work, followed by those who commute 15 to 29 min (520 individuals). All in all, the average commute time in Fernie is 19 min. The preferred commuting mode here is by car, truck or van and most employed Fernie 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 (2021).
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.