Demographics in Kelowna, BC

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

What is the population of Kelowna?

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Y-o-Y Change
Total population 2020* 146,127 2.1%

Population by gender

% of Total
Total population 2016 127,380
Male population 61,585 48.4%
Female population 65,795 51.6%
Average age 43.4
Male population 48.4%
Female population 51.6%

Population by age group

% of Total
Under 14 17,735 13.9%
15 to 24 16,015 12.6%
25 to 34 17,020 13.4%
35 to 44 14,735 11.6%
45 to 54 17,350 13.6%
55 to 64 18,090 14.2%
Over 65 26,435 20.8%
Under 14 13.9%
15 to 24 12.6%
25 to 34 13.4%
35 to 44 11.6%
45 to 54 13.6%
55 to 64 14.2%
Over 65 20.8%
There are 127,380 residents in Kelowna, with an average age of 43.4. Males make up 48.4% of the population, while females account for 51.6%. Locals over 65 years old represent the largest age group in Kelowna (26,435 individuals), followed by those aged 55 to 64 (18,090 people).

What is the marital status of Kelowna residents?

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% of Total
Married 51,030 46.5%
Common law 11,110 10.1%
Single 29,000 26.4%
Separated 3,155 2.9%
Divorced 8,410 7.7%
Widowed 6,940 6.3%
Married 46.5%
Common law 10.1%
Single 26.4%
Separated 2.9%
Divorced 7.7%
Widowed 6.3%
A total of 29,000 people in Kelowna have never been married (which represents 26.4% of the population). Wedded people in Kelowna (51,030 locals) account for 46.5% of the resident pool. Meanwhile, approximately 10.1% of locals live common law (that’s a total of 11,110 people).

What are the employment statistics in Kelowna?

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Unemployment rate 6.9%
% of Total
Management 7,550 11.7%
Business, finance and administration 9,470 14.7%
Natural and applied sciences 3,525 5.5%
Health 5,545 8.6%
Education, law, community and government services 6,595 10.2%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 2,090 3.2%
Sales and service 17,050 26.5%
Trades and transport 9,465 14.7%
Natural resources and agriculture 1,550 2.4%
Manufacturing and utilities 1,530 2.4%
Management 11.7%
Business, finance and administration 14.7%
Natural and applied sciences 5.5%
Health 8.6%
Education, law, community and government services 10.2%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 3.2%
Sales and service 26.5%
Trades and transport 14.7%
Natural resources and agriculture 2.4%
Manufacturing and utilities 2.4%
Kelowna has an unemployment rate of 6.9%. Regarding the most common jobs in Kelowna, people working in Sales and service account for the largest share of the local workforce (17,050 individuals), followed by those in Business, finance and administration (9,470 individuals) and Trades and transport (9,465 individuals).

What language is most spoken in Kelowna?

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% of Total
English 123,200 97.8%
French 1,875 1.5%
English and French 205 0.2%
Neither English nor French 690 0.6%
The majority of Kelowna residents (that’s 97.8%) speak English.

What is the median household income in Kelowna?

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Median household income $68,627
Median after-tax household income $60,192
The median household income in Kelowna is $68,627, while the median after-tax household income sits at $60,192 per year.

How many households are there in Kelowna?

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Homeownership

% of Total
Total households 53,905
Owned households 36,725 68.1%
Rented households 17,180 31.9%
Owned households 68.1%
Rented households 31.9%

Household size

Average household size 2.3
% of Total
1 person 15,725 29.2%
2 person 21,030 39.0%
3 person 7,415 13.8%
4 person 6,330 11.7%
5 person 3,400 6.3%
1 person 29.2%
2 person 39.0%
3 person 13.8%
4 person 11.7%
5 person 6.3%

Households by age of primary maintainer

% of Total
Under 34 10,130 18.8%
35 to 44 7,950 14.8%
45 to 54 9,780 18.1%
55 to 64 10,540 19.6%
Over 65 15,505 28.8%
Under 34 18.8%
35 to 44 14.8%
45 to 54 18.1%
55 to 64 19.6%
Over 65 28.8%
There is a total of 53,905 households in Kelowna, 68.1% of which are owner-occupied and 31.9% of which have renters living in them. Meanwhile, the average household size in Kelowna is 2.3 people. Of the total households here, those with 2 people living in them account for the largest share of the market (21,030 households), followed by establishments occupied by 1 person (15,725 households). Moreover, families whose primary maintainer is over 65 years old represent the largest percentage of the total households in Kelowna, at 28.8%.

What are the housing characteristics in Kelowna?

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Year built

% of Total
Before 1945 1,345 2.5%
Between 1946 and 1960 2,600 4.8%
Between 1961 and 1970 5,215 9.7%
Between 1971 and 1980 10,940 20.3%
Between 1981 and 1990 8,160 15.1%
Between 1991 and 2000 10,495 19.5%
Between 2001 and 2010 11,640 21.6%
After 2011 3,500 6.5%
Before 1945 2.5%
Between 1946 and 1960 4.8%
Between 1961 and 1970 9.7%
Between 1971 and 1980 20.3%
Between 1981 and 1990 15.1%
Between 1991 and 2000 19.5%
Between 2001 and 2010 21.6%
After 2011 6.5%

No. of bedrooms

% of Total
No bedrooms 210 0.4%
1 bedroom 6,195 11.5%
2 bedrooms 17,925 33.2%
3 bedrooms 13,680 25.4%
4 or more bedroom 15,895 29.5%
No bedrooms 0.4%
1 bedroom 11.5%
2 bedrooms 33.2%
2 bedrooms 25.4%
4 or more bedroom 29.5%

Property type

% of Total
Single-detached homes 24,570 45.6%
Apartments 1,690 3.1%
Attached homes 26,815 49.8%
Movable homes 820 1.5%
Single-detached homes 45.6%
Apartments 3.1%
Attached homes 49.8%
Movable homes 1.5%
Median home value $459,340
Average home value $530,328

Home improvement needed

% of Total
Regular maintenance 40,565 75.2%
Major repairs 2,340 4.3%
Minor repairs 11,000 20.4%
Regular maintenance 75.2%
Minor repairs 20.4%
Major repairs 4.3%
Single-detached houses account for 45.6% of the residential buildings in Kelowna. Apartments make up 3.1% of the Kelowna housing market. Meanwhile, the median home value here is $459,340 and the average figure sits at $530,328. Of all the properties in Kelowna, 2 bedrooms units include 17,925 (the highest share) and 4 or more bedrooms units have 15,895 (second-highest share). Notably, when it comes to the condition of these homes, most of them require regular maintenance (75.2%) and minor repairs (20.4%).

What is the education level in Kelowna?

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% of Total
No diploma 15,320 14.4%
High school diploma 32,735 30.8%
Apprenticeship diploma 10,470 9.8%
College diploma 23,570 22.2%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 3,160 3.0%
University degree 21,150 19.9%
No diploma 14.4%
High school diploma 30.8%
Apprenticeship diploma 9.8%
College diploma 22.2%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 3.0%
University degree 19.9%
Approximately 30.8% of the population in Kelowna has a high school diploma (that’s 32,735 residents). Kelowna locals holding a college diploma (23,570 people) account for 22.2% of the resident pool. Additionally, 19.9% of them hold a university degree (21,150 people).

What is the average commute time in Kelowna?

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Average commute time 18 min

Commuting mode

% of Total
By car, truck or van 48,985 83.8%
By public transit 2,520 4.3%
By bicycle/by walking 5,460 9.3%
By other methods 1,510 2.6%
By car, truck or van 83.8%
By public transit 4.3%
By bicycle/by walking 9.3%
By other methods 2.6%

Commuting destinations

% of Total
Commute within the same municipality 43,770 89.4%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 4,430 9.0%
Commute to a different province 770 1.6%
Commute within the same municipality 89.4%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 9.0%
Commute to a different province 1.6%

Commuting duration

% of Total
Less than 15 minutes 23,155 39.6%
15 to 29 minutes 26,390 45.1%
30 to 44 minutes 5,780 9.9%
45 to 59 minutes 1,445 2.5%
More than 60 minutes 1,705 2.9%
Less than 15 minutes 39.6%
15 to 29 minutes 45.1%
30 to 44 minutes 9.9%
45 to 59 minutes 2.5%
More than 60 minutes 2.9%
Most employed people in Kelowna (26,390 individuals) travel 15 to 29 min to get to work, followed by those who commute less than 15 min (23,155 individuals). All in all, the average commute time in Kelowna is 18 min. The preferred commuting mode here is by car, truck or van and most employed Kelowna 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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