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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Population by gender

% of Total
Total population 2021 144,570
Male population 70,330 48.6%
Female population 74,240 51.4%
Average age 43.4
Male population 48.6%
Female population 51.4%

Population by age group

% of Total
Under 14 19,585 13.6%
15 to 24 17,645 12.2%
25 to 34 20,910 14.5%
35 to 44 18,555 12.8%
45 to 54 17,115 11.8%
55 to 64 19,765 13.7%
Over 65 31,005 21.4%
Under 14 13.6%
15 to 24 12.2%
25 to 34 14.5%
35 to 44 12.8%
45 to 54 11.8%
55 to 64 13.7%
Over 65 21.4%
There are 144,570 residents in Kelowna, with an average age of 43.4. Males make up 48.6% of the population, while females account for 51.4%. Locals over 65 years old represent the largest age group in Kelowna (31,005 individuals), followed by those aged 25 to 34 (20,910 people).

What is the marital status of Kelowna residents?

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% of Total
Married 55,825 44.7%
Common law 13,910 11.1%
Single 35,430 28.3%
Separated 3,280 2.6%
Divorced 9,425 7.5%
Widowed 7,130 5.7%
Married 44.7%
Common law 11.1%
Single 28.3%
Separated 2.6%
Divorced 7.5%
Widowed 5.7%
A total of 35,430 people in Kelowna have never been married (which represents 28.3% of the population). Wedded people in Kelowna (55,825 locals) account for 44.7% of the resident pool. Meanwhile, approximately 11.1% of locals live common law (that’s a total of 13,910 people).

What are the employment statistics in Kelowna?

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Unemployment rate 7.9%
% of Total
Management 900 1.2%
Business, finance and administration 12,815 16.3%
Natural and applied sciences 5,325 6.8%
Health 7,710 9.8%
Education, law, community and government services 8,710 11.1%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 2,575 3.3%
Sales and service 22,305 28.4%
Trades and transport 13,770 17.5%
Natural resources and agriculture 2,260 2.9%
Manufacturing and utilities 2,215 2.8%
Management 1.2%
Business, finance and administration 16.3%
Natural and applied sciences 6.8%
Health 9.8%
Education, law, community and government services 11.1%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 3.3%
Sales and service 28.4%
Trades and transport 17.5%
Natural resources and agriculture 2.9%
Manufacturing and utilities 2.8%
Kelowna has an unemployment rate of 7.9%. Regarding the most common jobs in Kelowna, people working in Sales and service account for the largest share of the local workforce (22,305 individuals), followed by those in Trades and transport (13,770 individuals) and Business, finance and administration (12,815 individuals).

What language is most spoken in Kelowna?

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% of Total
English 139,285 97.7%
French 1,980 1.4%
English and French 300 0.2%
Neither English nor French 1,060 0.7%
The majority of Kelowna residents (that’s 97.7%) speak English.

What is the median household income in Kelowna?

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Median household income $82,000
Median after-tax household income $73,500
The median household income in Kelowna is $82,000, while the median after-tax household income sits at $73,500 per year.

How many households are there in Kelowna?

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Homeownership

% of Total
Total households 62,205
Owned households 40,250 64.7%
Rented households 21,955 35.3%
Owned households 64.7%
Rented households 35.3%

Household size

Average household size 2.3
% of Total
1 person 19,165 30.8%
2 person 23,755 38.2%
3 person 8,220 13.2%
4 person 7,060 11.4%
5 person 4,010 6.4%
1 person 30.8%
2 person 38.2%
3 person 13.2%
4 person 11.4%
5 person 6.4%

Households by age of primary maintainer

% of Total
Under 34 12,395 19.9%
35 to 44 10,030 16.1%
45 to 54 9,670 15.5%
55 to 64 11,600 18.6%
Over 65 18,520 29.8%
Under 34 19.9%
35 to 44 16.1%
45 to 54 15.5%
55 to 64 18.6%
Over 65 29.8%
There is a total of 62,205 households in Kelowna, 64.7% of which are owner-occupied and 35.3% 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 (23,755 households), followed by establishments occupied by 1 person (19,165 households). Moreover, families whose primary maintainer is over 65 years old represent the largest percentage of the total households in Kelowna, at 29.8%.

What are the housing characteristics in Kelowna?

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Year built

% of Total
Before 1945 1,390 2.2%
Between 1946 and 1960 2,600 4.2%
Between 1961 and 1970 5,170 8.3%
Between 1971 and 1980 10,575 17.0%
Between 1981 and 1990 8,520 13.7%
Between 1991 and 2000 10,745 17.3%
Between 2001 and 2010 11,690 18.8%
After 2011 11,520 18.5%
Before 1945 2.2%
Between 1946 and 1960 4.2%
Between 1961 and 1970 8.3%
Between 1971 and 1980 17.0%
Between 1981 and 1990 13.7%
Between 1991 and 2000 17.3%
Between 2001 and 2010 18.8%
After 2011 18.5%

No. of bedrooms

% of Total
No bedrooms 780 1.2%
1 bedroom 8,465 13.6%
2 bedrooms 20,985 33.7%
3 bedrooms 14,685 23.6%
4 or more bedroom 17,290 27.8%
No bedrooms 1.2%
1 bedroom 13.6%
2 bedrooms 33.7%
2 bedrooms 23.6%
4 or more bedroom 27.8%

Property type

% of Total
Single-detached homes 26,440 42.5%
Apartments 2,400 3.9%
Attached homes 32,565 52.4%
Movable homes 805 1.3%
Single-detached homes 42.5%
Apartments 3.9%
Attached homes 52.4%
Movable homes 1.3%
Median home value $725,000
Average home value $796,000

Home improvement needed

% of Total
Regular maintenance 48,625 78.2%
Major repairs 2,410 3.9%
Minor repairs 11,175 18.0%
Regular maintenance 78.2%
Minor repairs 18.0%
Major repairs 3.9%
Single-detached houses account for 42.5% of the residential buildings in Kelowna. Apartments make up 3.9% of the Kelowna housing market. Meanwhile, the median home value here is $725,000 and the average figure sits at $796,000. Of all the properties in Kelowna, 2 bedrooms units include 20,985 (the highest share) and 4 or more bedrooms units have 17,290 (second-highest share). Notably, when it comes to the condition of these homes, most of them require regular maintenance (78.2%) and minor repairs (18%).

What is the education level in Kelowna?

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% of Total
No diploma 14,325 11.7%
High school diploma 36,990 30.3%
Apprenticeship diploma 10,650 8.7%
College diploma 25,105 20.6%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 4,190 3.4%
University degree 30,915 25.3%
No diploma 11.7%
High school diploma 30.3%
Apprenticeship diploma 8.7%
College diploma 20.6%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 3.4%
University degree 25.3%
Approximately 30.3% of the population in Kelowna has a high school diploma (that’s 36,990 residents). Kelowna locals holding a college diploma (25,105 people) account for 20.6% of the resident pool. Additionally, 25.3% of them hold a university degree (30,915 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 49,355 84.3%
By public transit 2,330 4.0%
By bicycle/by walking 5,345 9.1%
By other methods 1,535 2.6%
By car, truck or van 84.3%
By public transit 4.0%
By bicycle/by walking 9.1%
By other methods 2.6%

Commuting destinations

% of Total
Commute within the same municipality 41,980 88.6%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 4,870 10.3%
Commute to a different province 535 1.1%
Commute within the same municipality 88.6%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 10.3%
Commute to a different province 1.1%

Commuting duration

% of Total
Less than 15 minutes 24,120 41.2%
15 to 29 minutes 25,505 43.6%
30 to 44 minutes 5,725 9.8%
45 to 59 minutes 1,385 2.4%
More than 60 minutes 1,830 3.1%
Less than 15 minutes 41.2%
15 to 29 minutes 43.6%
30 to 44 minutes 9.8%
45 to 59 minutes 2.4%
More than 60 minutes 3.1%
Most employed people in Kelowna (25,505 individuals) travel 15 to 29 min to get to work, followed by those who commute less than 15 min (24,120 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 (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.

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