Demographics in St. John's, NL

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

What is the population of St. John's?

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Population by gender

% of Total
Total population 2021 110,525
Male population 53,515 48.4%
Female population 57,010 51.6%
Average age 42.8
Male population 48.4%
Female population 51.6%

Population by age group

% of Total
Under 14 14,550 13.2%
15 to 24 13,760 12.4%
25 to 34 16,295 14.7%
35 to 44 14,900 13.5%
45 to 54 13,710 12.4%
55 to 64 15,590 14.1%
Over 65 21,720 19.6%
Under 14 13.2%
15 to 24 12.4%
25 to 34 14.7%
35 to 44 13.5%
45 to 54 12.4%
55 to 64 14.1%
Over 65 19.6%
There are 110,525 residents in St. John's, with an average age of 42.8. 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 St. John's (21,720 individuals), followed by those aged 25 to 34 (16,295 people).

What is the marital status of St. John's residents?

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% of Total
Married 37,910 39.5%
Common law 10,690 11.1%
Single 32,920 34.3%
Separated 2,265 2.4%
Divorced 6,415 6.7%
Widowed 5,780 6.0%
Married 39.5%
Common law 11.1%
Single 34.3%
Separated 2.4%
Divorced 6.7%
Widowed 6.0%
A total of 32,920 people in St. John's have never been married (which represents 34.3% of the population). Wedded people in St. John's (37,910 locals) account for 39.5% of the resident pool. Meanwhile, approximately 11.1% of locals live common law (that’s a total of 10,690 people).

What are the employment statistics in St. John's?

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Unemployment rate 11.5%
% of Total
Management 690 1.2%
Business, finance and administration 9,300 16.7%
Natural and applied sciences 5,340 9.6%
Health 5,385 9.6%
Education, law, community and government services 8,440 15.1%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 2,070 3.7%
Sales and service 16,410 29.4%
Trades and transport 6,460 11.6%
Natural resources and agriculture 755 1.4%
Manufacturing and utilities 945 1.7%
Management 1.2%
Business, finance and administration 16.7%
Natural and applied sciences 9.6%
Health 9.6%
Education, law, community and government services 15.1%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 3.7%
Sales and service 29.4%
Trades and transport 11.6%
Natural resources and agriculture 1.4%
Manufacturing and utilities 1.7%
St. John's has an unemployment rate of 11.5%. Regarding the most common jobs in St. John's, people working in Sales and service account for the largest share of the local workforce (16,410 individuals), followed by those in Business, finance and administration (9,300 individuals) and Education, law, community and government services (8,440 individuals).

What language is most spoken in St. John's?

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% of Total
English 106,690 98.7%
French 695 0.6%
English and French 195 0.2%
Neither English nor French 490 0.4%
The majority of St. John's residents (that’s 98.7%) speak English.

What is the median household income in St. John's?

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Median household income $75,000
Median after-tax household income $65,000
The median household income in St. John's is $75,000, while the median after-tax household income sits at $65,000 per year.

How many households are there in St. John's?

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Homeownership

% of Total
Total households 49,255
Owned households 29,920 60.8%
Rented households 19,335 39.2%
Owned households 60.8%
Rented households 39.2%

Household size

Average household size 2.2
% of Total
1 person 16,605 33.7%
2 person 17,655 35.8%
3 person 7,465 15.1%
4 person 5,395 10.9%
5 person 2,175 4.4%
1 person 33.7%
2 person 35.8%
3 person 15.1%
4 person 10.9%
5 person 4.4%

Households by age of primary maintainer

% of Total
Under 34 10,065 20.4%
35 to 44 8,295 16.8%
45 to 54 8,095 16.4%
55 to 64 9,455 19.2%
Over 65 13,345 27.1%
Under 34 20.4%
35 to 44 16.8%
45 to 54 16.4%
55 to 64 19.2%
Over 65 27.1%
There is a total of 49,255 households in St. John's, 60.8% of which are owner-occupied and 39.2% of which have renters living in them. Meanwhile, the average household size in St. John's is 2.2 people. Of the total households here, those with 2 people living in them account for the largest share of the market (17,655 households), followed by establishments occupied by 1 person (16,605 households). Moreover, families whose primary maintainer is over 65 years old represent the largest percentage of the total households in St. John's, at 27.1%.

What are the housing characteristics in St. John's?

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Year built

% of Total
Before 1945 4,865 9.9%
Between 1946 and 1960 6,055 12.3%
Between 1961 and 1970 6,645 13.5%
Between 1971 and 1980 8,230 16.7%
Between 1981 and 1990 6,195 12.6%
Between 1991 and 2000 5,055 10.3%
Between 2001 and 2010 6,620 13.4%
After 2011 5,600 11.4%
Before 1945 9.9%
Between 1946 and 1960 12.3%
Between 1961 and 1970 13.5%
Between 1971 and 1980 16.7%
Between 1981 and 1990 12.6%
Between 1991 and 2000 10.3%
Between 2001 and 2010 13.4%
After 2011 11.4%

No. of bedrooms

% of Total
No bedrooms 230 0.5%
1 bedroom 5,200 10.6%
2 bedrooms 12,175 24.7%
3 bedrooms 19,110 38.8%
4 or more bedroom 12,545 25.5%
No bedrooms 0.5%
1 bedroom 10.6%
2 bedrooms 24.7%
2 bedrooms 38.8%
4 or more bedroom 25.5%

Property type

% of Total
Single-detached homes 20,865 42.3%
Apartments 540 1.1%
Attached homes 27,780 56.3%
Movable homes 120 0.2%
Single-detached homes 42.3%
Apartments 1.1%
Attached homes 56.3%
Movable homes 0.2%
Median home value $306,000
Average home value $343,200

Home improvement needed

% of Total
Regular maintenance 35,305 71.7%
Major repairs 2,445 5.0%
Minor repairs 11,505 23.4%
Regular maintenance 71.7%
Minor repairs 23.4%
Major repairs 5.0%
Single-detached houses account for 42.3% of the residential buildings in St. John's. Apartments make up 1.1% of the St. John's housing market. Meanwhile, the median home value here is $306,000 and the average figure sits at $343,200. Of all the properties in St. John's, 3 bedrooms units include 19,110 (the highest share) and 4 or more bedrooms units have 12,545 (second-highest share). Notably, when it comes to the condition of these homes, most of them require regular maintenance (71.7%) and minor repairs (23.4%).

What is the education level in St. John's?

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% of Total
No diploma 11,195 12.0%
High school diploma 24,660 26.5%
Apprenticeship diploma 5,820 6.3%
College diploma 19,385 20.8%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 2,460 2.6%
University degree 29,495 31.7%
No diploma 12.0%
High school diploma 26.5%
Apprenticeship diploma 6.3%
College diploma 20.8%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 2.6%
University degree 31.7%
Approximately 26.5% of the population in St. John's has a high school diploma (that’s 24,660 residents). St. John's locals holding a college diploma (19,385 people) account for 20.8% of the resident pool. Additionally, 31.7% of them hold a university degree (29,495 people).

What is the average commute time in St. John's?

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Average commute time 15 min

Commuting mode

% of Total
By car, truck or van 34,195 84.4%
By public transit 2,170 5.4%
By bicycle/by walking 2,930 7.2%
By other methods 1,195 3.0%
By car, truck or van 84.4%
By public transit 5.4%
By bicycle/by walking 7.2%
By other methods 3.0%

Commuting destinations

% of Total
Commute within the same municipality 29,735 84.7%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 5,125 14.6%
Commute to a different province 260 0.7%
Commute within the same municipality 84.7%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 14.6%
Commute to a different province 0.7%

Commuting duration

% of Total
Less than 15 minutes 21,255 52.5%
15 to 29 minutes 15,435 38.1%
30 to 44 minutes 2,315 5.7%
45 to 59 minutes 505 1.2%
More than 60 minutes 985 2.4%
Less than 15 minutes 52.5%
15 to 29 minutes 38.1%
30 to 44 minutes 5.7%
45 to 59 minutes 1.2%
More than 60 minutes 2.4%
Most employed people in St. John's (21,255 individuals) travel less than 15 min to get to work, followed by those who commute 15 to 29 min (15,435 individuals). All in all, the average commute time in St. John's is 15 min. The preferred commuting mode here is by car, truck or van and most employed St. John's 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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