Demographics in Northwest Territories

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

What is the population of Northwest Territories?

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Population by gender

% of Total
Total population 2021 41,070
Male population 20,840 50.7%
Female population 20,230 49.3%
Average age 36.4
Male population 50.7%
Female population 49.3%

Population by age group

% of Total
Under 14 8,475 20.6%
15 to 24 5,085 12.4%
25 to 34 6,660 16.2%
35 to 44 6,115 14.9%
45 to 54 5,350 13.0%
55 to 64 5,285 12.9%
Over 65 4,110 10.0%
Under 14 20.6%
15 to 24 12.4%
25 to 34 16.2%
35 to 44 14.9%
45 to 54 13.0%
55 to 64 12.9%
Over 65 10.0%
There are 41,070 residents in Northwest Territories, with an average age of 36.4. Males make up 50.7% of the population, while females account for 49.3%. Locals under 14 years old represent the largest age group in Northwest Territories (8,475 individuals), followed by those aged 25 to 34 (6,660 people).

What is the marital status of Northwest Territories residents?

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% of Total
Married 11,415 35.0%
Common law 6,020 18.5%
Single 11,950 36.7%
Separated 735 2.2%
Divorced 1,405 4.3%
Widowed 1,070 3.3%
Married 35.0%
Common law 18.5%
Single 36.7%
Separated 2.2%
Divorced 4.3%
Widowed 3.3%
A total of 11,950 people in Northwest Territories have never been married (which represents 36.7% of the population). Wedded people in Northwest Territories (11,415 locals) account for 35% of the resident pool. Meanwhile, approximately 18.5% of locals live common law (that’s a total of 6,020 people).

What are the employment statistics in Northwest Territories?

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Unemployment rate 8.6%
% of Total
Management 405 1.8%
Business, finance and administration 4,040 18.4%
Natural and applied sciences 1,470 6.7%
Health 1,310 6.0%
Education, law, community and government services 4,675 21.3%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 525 2.4%
Sales and service 4,405 20.1%
Trades and transport 4,110 18.8%
Natural resources and agriculture 595 2.7%
Manufacturing and utilities 390 1.8%
Management 1.8%
Business, finance and administration 18.4%
Natural and applied sciences 6.7%
Health 6.0%
Education, law, community and government services 21.3%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 2.4%
Sales and service 20.1%
Trades and transport 18.8%
Natural resources and agriculture 2.7%
Manufacturing and utilities 1.8%
Northwest Territories has an unemployment rate of 8.6%. Regarding the most common jobs in Northwest Territories, people working in Education, law, community and government services account for the largest share of the local workforce (4,675 individuals), followed by those in Sales and service (4,405 individuals) and Trades and transport (4,110 individuals).

What language is most spoken in Northwest Territories?

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% of Total
English 39,055 96.3%
French 1,135 2.8%
English and French 155 0.4%
Neither English nor French 200 0.5%
The majority of Northwest Territories residents (that’s 96.3%) speak English.

What is the median household income in Northwest Territories?

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Median household income $127,000
Median after-tax household income $109,000
The median household income in Northwest Territories is $127,000, while the median after-tax household income sits at $109,000 per year.

How many households are there in Northwest Territories?

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Homeownership

% of Total
Total households 15,210
Owned households 8,140 53.5%
Rented households 7,020 46.2%
Other households 50 0.3%
Owned households 53.5%
Rented households 46.2%
Other households 0.3%

Household size

Average household size 2.7
% of Total
1 person 3,985 26.2%
2 person 4,490 29.5%
3 person 2,560 16.8%
4 person 2,400 15.8%
5 person 1,775 11.7%
1 person 26.2%
2 person 29.5%
3 person 16.8%
4 person 15.8%
5 person 11.7%

Households by age of primary maintainer

% of Total
Under 34 3,230 21.2%
35 to 44 3,125 20.5%
45 to 54 3,035 20.0%
55 to 64 3,240 21.3%
Over 65 2,585 17.0%
Under 34 21.2%
35 to 44 20.5%
45 to 54 20.0%
55 to 64 21.3%
Over 65 17.0%
There is a total of 15,210 households in Northwest Territories, 53.5% of which are owner-occupied and 46.2% of which have renters living in them. Meanwhile, the average household size in Northwest Territories is 2.7 people. Of the total households here, those with 2 people living in them account for the largest share of the market (4,490 households), followed by establishments occupied by 1 person (3,985 households). Moreover, families whose primary maintainer is 55 to 64 years old represent the largest percentage of the total households in Northwest Territories, at 21.3%.

What are the housing characteristics in Northwest Territories?

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Year built

% of Total
Before 1945 105 0.7%
Between 1946 and 1960 520 3.4%
Between 1961 and 1970 1,525 10.0%
Between 1971 and 1980 2,960 19.5%
Between 1981 and 1990 3,360 22.1%
Between 1991 and 2000 3,060 20.1%
Between 2001 and 2010 2,010 13.2%
After 2011 1,665 11.0%
Before 1945 0.7%
Between 1946 and 1960 3.4%
Between 1961 and 1970 10.0%
Between 1971 and 1980 19.5%
Between 1981 and 1990 22.1%
Between 1991 and 2000 20.1%
Between 2001 and 2010 13.2%
After 2011 11.0%

No. of bedrooms

% of Total
No bedrooms 140 0.9%
1 bedroom 2,185 14.4%
2 bedrooms 3,760 24.7%
3 bedrooms 6,215 40.8%
4 or more bedroom 2,915 19.2%
No bedrooms 0.9%
1 bedroom 14.4%
2 bedrooms 24.7%
2 bedrooms 40.8%
4 or more bedroom 19.2%

Property type

% of Total
Single-detached homes 8,600 56.5%
Apartments 300 2.0%
Attached homes 5,695 37.4%
Movable homes 615 4.0%
Single-detached homes 56.5%
Apartments 2.0%
Attached homes 37.4%
Movable homes 4.0%
Median home value $352,000
Average home value $385,200

Home improvement needed

% of Total
Regular maintenance 7,225 47.5%
Major repairs 2,805 18.4%
Minor repairs 5,180 34.1%
Regular maintenance 47.5%
Minor repairs 34.1%
Major repairs 18.4%
Single-detached houses account for 56.5% of the residential buildings in Northwest Territories. Apartments make up 2% of the Northwest Territories housing market. Meanwhile, the median home value here is $352,000 and the average figure sits at $385,200. Of all the properties in Northwest Territories, 3 bedrooms units include 6,215 (the highest share) and 2 bedrooms units have 3,760 (second-highest share). Notably, when it comes to the condition of these homes, most of them require regular maintenance (47.5%) and minor repairs (34.1%).

What is the education level in Northwest Territories?

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% of Total
No diploma 8,260 25.9%
High school diploma 7,740 24.3%
Apprenticeship diploma 2,670 8.4%
College diploma 5,270 16.5%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 900 2.8%
University degree 7,070 22.2%
No diploma 25.9%
High school diploma 24.3%
Apprenticeship diploma 8.4%
College diploma 16.5%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 2.8%
University degree 22.2%
Approximately 24.3% of the population in Northwest Territories has a high school diploma (that’s 7,740 residents). Northwest Territories locals holding a college diploma (5,270 people) account for 16.5% of the resident pool. Additionally, 22.2% of them hold a university degree (7,070 people).

What is the average commute time in Northwest Territories?

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Average commute time 12 min

Commuting mode

% of Total
By car, truck or van 13,475 72.4%
By public transit 140 0.8%
By bicycle/by walking 3,900 21.0%
By other methods 1,090 5.9%
By car, truck or van 72.4%
By public transit 0.8%
By bicycle/by walking 21.0%
By other methods 5.9%

Commuting destinations

% of Total
Commute within the same municipality 14,640 90.0%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 1,280 7.9%
Commute to a different province 355 2.2%
Commute within the same municipality 90.0%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 7.9%
Commute to a different province 2.2%

Commuting duration

% of Total
Less than 15 minutes 14,405 77.5%
15 to 29 minutes 2,990 16.1%
30 to 44 minutes 505 2.7%
45 to 59 minutes 190 1.0%
More than 60 minutes 505 2.7%
Less than 15 minutes 77.5%
15 to 29 minutes 16.1%
30 to 44 minutes 2.7%
45 to 59 minutes 1.0%
More than 60 minutes 2.7%
Most employed people in Northwest Territories (14,405 individuals) travel less than 15 min to get to work, followed by those who commute 15 to 29 min (2,990 individuals). All in all, the average commute time in Northwest Territories is 12 min. The preferred commuting mode here is by car, truck or van and most employed Northwest Territories 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.