Demographics in Highlands, Vancouver Island, BC

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

What is the population of Highlands?

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Population by gender

% of Total
Total population 2021 2,480
Male population 1,245 50.2%
Female population 1,235 49.8%
Average age 43.2
Male population 50.2%
Female population 49.8%

Population by age group

% of Total
Under 14 390 15.7%
15 to 24 250 10.1%
25 to 34 220 8.8%
35 to 44 360 14.5%
45 to 54 365 14.7%
55 to 64 450 18.1%
Over 65 450 18.1%
Under 14 15.7%
15 to 24 10.1%
25 to 34 8.8%
35 to 44 14.5%
45 to 54 14.7%
55 to 64 18.1%
Over 65 18.1%
There are 2,480 residents in Highlands, with an average age of 43.2. Males make up 50.2% of the population, while females account for 49.8%. Locals 55 to 64 years old represent the largest age group in Highlands (450 individuals), followed by those aged over 65 (450 people).

What is the marital status of Highlands residents?

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% of Total
Married 1,150 54.9%
Common law 300 14.3%
Single 435 20.8%
Separated 40 1.9%
Divorced 100 4.8%
Widowed 70 3.3%
Married 54.9%
Common law 14.3%
Single 20.8%
Separated 1.9%
Divorced 4.8%
Widowed 3.3%
A total of 435 people in Highlands have never been married (which represents 20.8% of the population). Wedded people in Highlands (1,150 locals) account for 54.9% of the resident pool. Meanwhile, approximately 14.3% of locals live common law (that’s a total of 300 people).

What are the employment statistics in Highlands?

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Unemployment rate 4.9%
% of Total
Management 10 0.7%
Business, finance and administration 240 16.6%
Natural and applied sciences 120 8.3%
Health 135 9.3%
Education, law, community and government services 165 11.4%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 80 5.5%
Sales and service 235 16.2%
Trades and transport 390 26.9%
Natural resources and agriculture 50 3.4%
Manufacturing and utilities 25 1.7%
Management 0.7%
Business, finance and administration 16.6%
Natural and applied sciences 8.3%
Health 9.3%
Education, law, community and government services 11.4%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 5.5%
Sales and service 16.2%
Trades and transport 26.9%
Natural resources and agriculture 3.4%
Manufacturing and utilities 1.7%
Highlands has an unemployment rate of 4.9%. Regarding the most common jobs in Highlands, people working in Trades and transport account for the largest share of the local workforce (390 individuals), followed by those in Business, finance and administration (240 individuals) and Sales and service (235 individuals).

What language is most spoken in Highlands?

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% of Total
English 2,450 98.8%
French 30 1.2%
The majority of Highlands residents (that’s 98.8%) speak English.

What is the median household income in Highlands?

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Median household income $122,000
Median after-tax household income $105,000
The median household income in Highlands is $122,000, while the median after-tax household income sits at $105,000 per year.

How many households are there in Highlands?

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Homeownership

% of Total
Total households 995
Owned households 885 88.9%
Rented households 110 11.1%
Owned households 88.9%
Rented households 11.1%

Household size

Average household size 2.7
% of Total
1 person 150 16.6%
2 person 365 40.3%
3 person 135 14.9%
4 person 160 17.7%
5 person 95 10.5%
1 person 16.6%
2 person 40.3%
3 person 14.9%
4 person 17.7%
5 person 10.5%

Households by age of primary maintainer

% of Total
Under 34 80 8.1%
35 to 44 170 17.2%
45 to 54 170 17.2%
55 to 64 280 28.3%
Over 65 290 29.3%
Under 34 8.1%
35 to 44 17.2%
45 to 54 17.2%
55 to 64 28.3%
Over 65 29.3%
There is a total of 995 households in Highlands, 88.9% of which are owner-occupied and 11.1% of which have renters living in them. Meanwhile, the average household size in Highlands is 2.7 people. Of the total households here, those with 2 people living in them account for the largest share of the market (365 households), followed by establishments occupied by 4 people (160 households). Moreover, families whose primary maintainer is over 65 years old represent the largest percentage of the total households in Highlands, at 29.3%.

What are the housing characteristics in Highlands?

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Year built

% of Total
Between 1946 and 1960 30 3.0%
Between 1961 and 1970 60 6.0%
Between 1971 and 1980 150 15.1%
Between 1981 and 1990 200 20.1%
Between 1991 and 2000 250 25.1%
Between 2001 and 2010 175 17.6%
After 2011 130 13.1%
Between 1946 and 1960 3.0%
Between 1961 and 1970 6.0%
Between 1971 and 1980 15.1%
Between 1981 and 1990 20.1%
Between 1991 and 2000 25.1%
Between 2001 and 2010 17.6%
After 2011 13.1%

No. of bedrooms

% of Total
1 bedroom 95 9.6%
2 bedrooms 145 14.6%
3 bedrooms 360 36.4%
4 or more bedroom 390 39.4%
1 bedroom 9.6%
2 bedrooms 14.6%
2 bedrooms 36.4%
4 or more bedroom 39.4%

Property type

% of Total
Single-detached homes 860 95.6%
Attached homes 40 4.4%
Single-detached homes 95.6%
Attached homes 4.4%
Median home value $1,000,000
Average home value $1,144,000

Home improvement needed

% of Total
Regular maintenance 705 70.8%
Major repairs 50 5.0%
Minor repairs 240 24.1%
Regular maintenance 70.8%
Minor repairs 24.1%
Major repairs 5.0%
Single-detached houses account for 95.6% of the residential buildings in Highlands. Meanwhile, the median home value here is $1,000,000 and the average figure sits at $1,144,000. Of all the properties in Highlands, 4 or more bedrooms units include 390 (the highest share) and 3 bedrooms units have 360 (second-highest share). Notably, when it comes to the condition of these homes, most of them require regular maintenance (70.8%) and minor repairs (24.1%).

What is the education level in Highlands?

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% of Total
No diploma 330 14.6%
High school diploma 635 28.1%
Apprenticeship diploma 265 11.7%
College diploma 410 18.1%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 80 3.5%
University degree 540 23.9%
No diploma 14.6%
High school diploma 28.1%
Apprenticeship diploma 11.7%
College diploma 18.1%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 3.5%
University degree 23.9%
Approximately 28.1% of the population in Highlands has a high school diploma (that’s 635 residents). Highlands locals holding a college diploma (410 people) account for 18.1% of the resident pool. Additionally, 23.9% of them hold a university degree (540 people).

What is the average commute time in Highlands?

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Average commute time 24 min

Commuting mode

% of Total
By car, truck or van 885 92.2%
By bicycle/by walking 40 4.2%
By other methods 35 3.6%
By car, truck or van 92.2%
By bicycle/by walking 4.2%
By other methods 3.6%

Commuting destinations

% of Total
Commute within the same municipality 65 9.6%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 615 90.4%
Commute within the same municipality 9.6%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 90.4%

Commuting duration

% of Total
Less than 15 minutes 155 16.2%
15 to 29 minutes 415 43.2%
30 to 44 minutes 330 34.4%
45 to 59 minutes 50 5.2%
More than 60 minutes 10 1.0%
Less than 15 minutes 16.2%
15 to 29 minutes 43.2%
30 to 44 minutes 34.4%
45 to 59 minutes 5.2%
More than 60 minutes 1.0%
Most employed people in Highlands (415 individuals) travel 15 to 29 min to get to work, followed by those who commute 30 to 44 min (330 individuals). All in all, the average commute time in Highlands is 24 min. The preferred commuting mode here is by car, truck or van and most employed Highlands 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.