Demographics in Vancouver, BC

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

What is the population of Vancouver?

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Population by gender

% of Total
Total population 2021 662,245
Male population 324,570 49.0%
Female population 337,675 51.0%
Average age 42.2
Male population 49.0%
Female population 51.0%

Population by age group

% of Total
Under 14 70,570 10.7%
15 to 24 69,605 10.5%
25 to 34 136,380 20.6%
35 to 44 102,405 15.5%
45 to 54 86,885 13.1%
55 to 64 83,680 12.6%
Over 65 112,720 17.0%
Under 14 10.7%
15 to 24 10.5%
25 to 34 20.6%
35 to 44 15.5%
45 to 54 13.1%
55 to 64 12.6%
Over 65 17.0%
There are 662,245 residents in Vancouver, with an average age of 42.2. Males make up 49% of the population, while females account for 51%. Locals 25 to 34 years old represent the largest age group in Vancouver (136,380 individuals), followed by those aged over 65 (112,720 people).

What is the marital status of Vancouver residents?

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% of Total
Married 230,735 39.0%
Common law 67,350 11.4%
Single 218,140 36.9%
Separated 13,790 2.3%
Divorced 37,675 6.4%
Widowed 23,985 4.0%
Married 39.0%
Common law 11.4%
Single 36.9%
Separated 2.3%
Divorced 6.4%
Widowed 4.0%
A total of 218,140 people in Vancouver have never been married (which represents 36.9% of the population). Wedded people in Vancouver (230,735 locals) account for 39% of the resident pool. Meanwhile, approximately 11.4% of locals live common law (that’s a total of 67,350 people).

What are the employment statistics in Vancouver?

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Unemployment rate 9.0%
% of Total
Management 6,520 1.7%
Business, finance and administration 76,280 19.7%
Natural and applied sciences 43,880 11.4%
Health 29,825 7.7%
Education, law, community and government services 50,680 13.1%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 32,435 8.4%
Sales and service 95,630 24.7%
Trades and transport 39,750 10.3%
Natural resources and agriculture 3,475 0.9%
Manufacturing and utilities 8,285 2.1%
Management 1.7%
Business, finance and administration 19.7%
Natural and applied sciences 11.4%
Health 7.7%
Education, law, community and government services 13.1%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 8.4%
Sales and service 24.7%
Trades and transport 10.3%
Natural resources and agriculture 0.9%
Manufacturing and utilities 2.1%
Vancouver has an unemployment rate of 9%. Regarding the most common jobs in Vancouver, people working in Sales and service account for the largest share of the local workforce (95,630 individuals), followed by those in Business, finance and administration (76,280 individuals) and Education, law, community and government services (50,680 individuals).

What language is most spoken in Vancouver?

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% of Total
English 602,935 92.1%
French 10,485 1.6%
English and French 3,685 0.6%
Neither English nor French 37,725 5.8%
The majority of Vancouver residents (that’s 92.1%) speak English.

What is the median household income in Vancouver?

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Median household income $82,000
Median after-tax household income $72,000
The median household income in Vancouver is $82,000, while the median after-tax household income sits at $72,000 per year.

How many households are there in Vancouver?

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Homeownership

% of Total
Total households 305,335
Owned households 138,845 45.5%
Rented households 166,490 54.5%
Owned households 45.5%
Rented households 54.5%

Household size

Average household size 2.1
% of Total
1 person 119,805 39.2%
2 person 100,730 33.0%
3 person 38,600 12.6%
4 person 29,140 9.5%
5 person 17,060 5.6%
1 person 39.2%
2 person 33.0%
3 person 12.6%
4 person 9.5%
5 person 5.6%

Households by age of primary maintainer

% of Total
Under 34 77,780 25.5%
35 to 44 56,605 18.5%
45 to 54 51,270 16.8%
55 to 64 50,645 16.6%
Over 65 69,050 22.6%
Under 34 25.5%
35 to 44 18.5%
45 to 54 16.8%
55 to 64 16.6%
Over 65 22.6%
There is a total of 305,335 households in Vancouver, 45.5% of which are owner-occupied and 54.5% of which have renters living in them. Meanwhile, the average household size in Vancouver is 2.1 people. Of the total households here, those with 1 person living in them account for the largest share of the market (119,805 households), followed by establishments occupied by 2 people (100,730 households). Moreover, families whose primary maintainer is under 34 years old represent the largest percentage of the total households in Vancouver, at 25.5%.

What are the housing characteristics in Vancouver?

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Year built

% of Total
Before 1945 37,495 12.3%
Between 1946 and 1960 24,725 8.1%
Between 1961 and 1970 31,375 10.3%
Between 1971 and 1980 37,735 12.4%
Between 1981 and 1990 35,995 11.8%
Between 1991 and 2000 47,175 15.4%
Between 2001 and 2010 42,165 13.8%
After 2011 48,670 15.9%
Before 1945 12.3%
Between 1946 and 1960 8.1%
Between 1961 and 1970 10.3%
Between 1971 and 1980 12.4%
Between 1981 and 1990 11.8%
Between 1991 and 2000 15.4%
Between 2001 and 2010 13.8%
After 2011 15.9%

No. of bedrooms

% of Total
No bedrooms 13,860 4.5%
1 bedroom 111,060 36.4%
2 bedrooms 84,935 27.8%
3 bedrooms 42,445 13.9%
4 or more bedroom 53,045 17.4%
No bedrooms 4.5%
1 bedroom 36.4%
2 bedrooms 27.8%
2 bedrooms 13.9%
4 or more bedroom 17.4%

Property type

% of Total
Single-detached homes 44,750 14.7%
Apartments 94,815 31.0%
Attached homes 165,735 54.3%
Movable homes 20 0.0%
Single-detached homes 14.7%
Apartments 31.0%
Attached homes 54.3%
Median home value $1,450,000
Average home value $1,728,000

Home improvement needed

% of Total
Regular maintenance 220,815 72.3%
Major repairs 19,295 6.3%
Minor repairs 65,220 21.4%
Regular maintenance 72.3%
Minor repairs 21.4%
Major repairs 6.3%
Single-detached houses account for 14.7% of the residential buildings in Vancouver. Apartments make up 31% of the Vancouver housing market. Meanwhile, the median home value here is $1,450,000 and the average figure sits at $1,728,000. Of all the properties in Vancouver, 1 bedroom units include 111,060 (the highest share) and 2 bedrooms units have 84,935 (second-highest share). Notably, when it comes to the condition of these homes, most of them require regular maintenance (72.3%) and minor repairs (21.4%).

What is the education level in Vancouver?

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% of Total
No diploma 60,930 10.5%
High school diploma 134,790 23.2%
Apprenticeship diploma 24,410 4.2%
College diploma 78,400 13.5%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 21,240 3.7%
University degree 260,240 44.9%
No diploma 10.5%
High school diploma 23.2%
Apprenticeship diploma 4.2%
College diploma 13.5%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 3.7%
University degree 44.9%
Approximately 23.2% of the population in Vancouver has a high school diploma (that’s 134,790 residents). Vancouver locals holding a college diploma (78,400 people) account for 13.5% of the resident pool. Additionally, 44.9% of them hold a university degree (260,240 people).

What is the average commute time in Vancouver?

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Average commute time 25 min

Commuting mode

% of Total
By car, truck or van 131,425 56.2%
By public transit 53,515 22.9%
By bicycle/by walking 42,955 18.4%
By other methods 6,060 2.6%
By car, truck or van 56.2%
By public transit 22.9%
By bicycle/by walking 18.4%
By other methods 2.6%

Commuting destinations

% of Total
Commute within the same municipality 130,595 67.2%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 63,025 32.4%
Commute to a different province 685 0.4%
Commute within the same municipality 67.2%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 32.4%
Commute to a different province 0.4%

Commuting duration

% of Total
Less than 15 minutes 46,865 20.0%
15 to 29 minutes 93,750 40.1%
30 to 44 minutes 61,575 26.3%
45 to 59 minutes 18,595 8.0%
More than 60 minutes 13,175 5.6%
Less than 15 minutes 20.0%
15 to 29 minutes 40.1%
30 to 44 minutes 26.3%
45 to 59 minutes 8.0%
More than 60 minutes 5.6%
Most employed people in Vancouver (93,750 individuals) travel 15 to 29 min to get to work, followed by those who commute 30 to 44 min (61,575 individuals). All in all, the average commute time in Vancouver is 25 min. The preferred commuting mode here is by car, truck or van and most employed Vancouver 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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