Demographics in Lake Cowichan, BC

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

What is the population of Lake Cowichan?

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Population by gender

% of Total
Total population 2021 3,325
Male population 1,635 49.2%
Female population 1,690 50.8%
Average age 47.8
Male population 49.2%
Female population 50.8%

Population by age group

% of Total
Under 14 425 12.8%
15 to 24 265 8.0%
25 to 34 320 9.6%
35 to 44 360 10.8%
45 to 54 415 12.5%
55 to 64 600 18.0%
Over 65 945 28.4%
Under 14 12.8%
15 to 24 8.0%
25 to 34 9.6%
35 to 44 10.8%
45 to 54 12.5%
55 to 64 18.0%
Over 65 28.4%
There are 3,325 residents in Lake Cowichan, with an average age of 47.8. Males make up 49.2% of the population, while females account for 50.8%. Locals over 65 years old represent the largest age group in Lake Cowichan (945 individuals), followed by those aged 55 to 64 (600 people).

What is the marital status of Lake Cowichan residents?

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% of Total
Married 1,335 46.0%
Common law 415 14.3%
Single 650 22.4%
Separated 85 2.9%
Divorced 245 8.4%
Widowed 175 6.0%
Married 46.0%
Common law 14.3%
Single 22.4%
Separated 2.9%
Divorced 8.4%
Widowed 6.0%
A total of 650 people in Lake Cowichan have never been married (which represents 22.4% of the population). Wedded people in Lake Cowichan (1,335 locals) account for 46% of the resident pool. Meanwhile, approximately 14.3% of locals live common law (that’s a total of 415 people).

What are the employment statistics in Lake Cowichan?

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Unemployment rate 9.0%
% of Total
Management 20 1.4%
Business, finance and administration 175 12.2%
Natural and applied sciences 110 7.6%
Health 55 3.8%
Education, law, community and government services 130 9.0%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 40 2.8%
Sales and service 455 31.6%
Trades and transport 295 20.5%
Natural resources and agriculture 85 5.9%
Manufacturing and utilities 75 5.2%
Management 1.4%
Business, finance and administration 12.2%
Natural and applied sciences 7.6%
Health 3.8%
Education, law, community and government services 9.0%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 2.8%
Sales and service 31.6%
Trades and transport 20.5%
Natural resources and agriculture 5.9%
Manufacturing and utilities 5.2%
Lake Cowichan has an unemployment rate of 9%. Regarding the most common jobs in Lake Cowichan, people working in Sales and service account for the largest share of the local workforce (455 individuals), followed by those in Trades and transport (295 individuals) and Business, finance and administration (175 individuals).

What language is most spoken in Lake Cowichan?

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% of Total
English 3,275 98.6%
French 45 1.4%
The majority of Lake Cowichan residents (that’s 98.6%) speak English.

What is the median household income in Lake Cowichan?

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Median household income $68,000
Median after-tax household income $62,400
The median household income in Lake Cowichan is $68,000, while the median after-tax household income sits at $62,400 per year.

How many households are there in Lake Cowichan?

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Homeownership

% of Total
Total households 1,495
Owned households 1,270 85.0%
Rented households 225 15.0%
Owned households 85.0%
Rented households 15.0%

Household size

Average household size 2.2
% of Total
1 person 420 28.2%
2 person 650 43.6%
3 person 200 13.4%
4 person 145 9.7%
5 person 75 5.0%
1 person 28.2%
2 person 43.6%
3 person 13.4%
4 person 9.7%
5 person 5.0%

Households by age of primary maintainer

% of Total
Under 34 120 8.1%
35 to 44 180 12.2%
45 to 54 230 15.5%
55 to 64 365 24.7%
Over 65 585 39.5%
Under 34 8.1%
35 to 44 12.2%
45 to 54 15.5%
55 to 64 24.7%
Over 65 39.5%
There is a total of 1,495 households in Lake Cowichan, 85% of which are owner-occupied and 15% of which have renters living in them. Meanwhile, the average household size in Lake Cowichan is 2.2 people. Of the total households here, those with 2 people living in them account for the largest share of the market (650 households), followed by establishments occupied by 1 person (420 households). Moreover, families whose primary maintainer is over 65 years old represent the largest percentage of the total households in Lake Cowichan, at 39.5%.

What are the housing characteristics in Lake Cowichan?

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Year built

% of Total
Before 1945 110 7.4%
Between 1946 and 1960 275 18.5%
Between 1961 and 1970 145 9.7%
Between 1971 and 1980 195 13.1%
Between 1981 and 1990 140 9.4%
Between 1991 and 2000 330 22.2%
Between 2001 and 2010 135 9.1%
After 2011 160 10.7%
Before 1945 7.4%
Between 1946 and 1960 18.5%
Between 1961 and 1970 9.7%
Between 1971 and 1980 13.1%
Between 1981 and 1990 9.4%
Between 1991 and 2000 22.2%
Between 2001 and 2010 9.1%
After 2011 10.7%

No. of bedrooms

% of Total
No bedrooms 15 1.0%
1 bedroom 100 6.7%
2 bedrooms 395 26.4%
3 bedrooms 615 41.1%
4 or more bedroom 370 24.8%
No bedrooms 1.0%
1 bedroom 6.7%
2 bedrooms 26.4%
2 bedrooms 41.1%
4 or more bedroom 24.8%

Property type

% of Total
Single-detached homes 1,165 78.2%
Attached homes 315 21.1%
Movable homes 10 0.7%
Single-detached homes 78.2%
Attached homes 21.1%
Movable homes 0.7%
Median home value $472,000
Average home value $530,000

Home improvement needed

% of Total
Regular maintenance 990 66.2%
Major repairs 95 6.4%
Minor repairs 410 27.4%
Regular maintenance 66.2%
Minor repairs 27.4%
Major repairs 6.4%
Single-detached houses account for 78.2% of the residential buildings in Lake Cowichan. Meanwhile, the median home value here is $472,000 and the average figure sits at $530,000. Of all the properties in Lake Cowichan, 3 bedrooms units include 615 (the highest share) and 2 bedrooms units have 395 (second-highest share). Notably, when it comes to the condition of these homes, most of them require regular maintenance (66.2%) and minor repairs (27.4%).

What is the education level in Lake Cowichan?

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% of Total
No diploma 535 18.6%
High school diploma 975 33.8%
Apprenticeship diploma 305 10.6%
College diploma 660 22.9%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 105 3.6%
University degree 300 10.4%
No diploma 18.6%
High school diploma 33.8%
Apprenticeship diploma 10.6%
College diploma 22.9%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 3.6%
University degree 10.4%
Approximately 33.8% of the population in Lake Cowichan has a high school diploma (that’s 975 residents). Lake Cowichan locals holding a college diploma (660 people) account for 22.9% of the resident pool. Additionally, 10.4% of them hold a university degree (300 people).

What is the average commute time in Lake Cowichan?

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Average commute time 26 min

Commuting mode

% of Total
By car, truck or van 965 82.1%
By public transit 10 0.8%
By bicycle/by walking 150 12.8%
By other methods 50 4.3%
By car, truck or van 82.1%
By public transit 0.8%
By bicycle/by walking 12.8%
By other methods 4.3%

Commuting destinations

% of Total
Commute within the same municipality 365 40.8%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 515 57.5%
Commute to a different province 15 1.7%
Commute within the same municipality 40.8%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 57.5%
Commute to a different province 1.7%

Commuting duration

% of Total
Less than 15 minutes 360 30.8%
15 to 29 minutes 275 23.5%
30 to 44 minutes 295 25.2%
45 to 59 minutes 110 9.4%
More than 60 minutes 130 11.1%
Less than 15 minutes 30.8%
15 to 29 minutes 23.5%
30 to 44 minutes 25.2%
45 to 59 minutes 9.4%
More than 60 minutes 11.1%
Most employed people in Lake Cowichan (360 individuals) travel less than 15 min to get to work, followed by those who commute 30 to 44 min (295 individuals). All in all, the average commute time in Lake Cowichan is 26 min. The preferred commuting mode here is by car, truck or van and most employed Lake Cowichan locals commute to another municipality within the same province 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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