Demographics in Ontario

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

What is the population of Ontario?

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Y-o-Y Change
Total population 2020* 14,734,014 1.3%

Population by gender

% of Total
Total population 2016 13,448,495
Male population 6,559,395 48.8%
Female population 6,889,100 51.2%
Average age 41.0
Male population 48.8%
Female population 51.2%

Population by age group

% of Total
Under 14 2,207,975 16.4%
15 to 24 1,706,055 12.7%
25 to 34 1,739,115 12.9%
35 to 44 1,714,365 12.8%
45 to 54 1,993,730 14.8%
55 to 64 1,835,605 13.6%
Over 65 2,251,660 16.7%
Under 14 16.4%
15 to 24 12.7%
25 to 34 12.9%
35 to 44 12.8%
45 to 54 14.8%
55 to 64 13.6%
Over 65 16.7%
There are 13,448,495 residents in Ontario, with an average age of 41.0. Males make up 48.8% of the population, while females account for 51.2%. Locals over 65 years old represent the largest age group in Ontario (2,251,660 individuals), followed by those aged under 14 (2,207,975 people).

What is the marital status of Ontario residents?

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% of Total
Married 5,531,925 49.2%
Common law 906,155 8.1%
Single 3,182,785 28.3%
Separated 328,670 2.9%
Divorced 653,830 5.8%
Widowed 637,145 5.7%
Married 49.2%
Common law 8.1%
Single 28.3%
Separated 2.9%
Divorced 5.8%
Widowed 5.7%
A total of 3,182,785 people in Ontario have never been married (which represents 28.3% of the population). Wedded people in Ontario (5,531,925 locals) account for 49.2% of the resident pool. Meanwhile, approximately 8.1% of locals live common law (that’s a total of 906,155 people).

What are the employment statistics in Ontario?

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Unemployment rate 7.4%
% of Total
Management 769,925 11.6%
Business, finance and administration 1,074,965 16.3%
Natural and applied sciences 495,540 7.5%
Health 436,945 6.6%
Education, law, community and government services 800,060 12.1%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 207,565 3.1%
Sales and service 1,522,085 23.0%
Trades and transport 866,660 13.1%
Natural resources and agriculture 101,965 1.5%
Manufacturing and utilities 336,450 5.1%
Management 11.6%
Business, finance and administration 16.3%
Natural and applied sciences 7.5%
Health 6.6%
Education, law, community and government services 12.1%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 3.1%
Sales and service 23.0%
Trades and transport 13.1%
Natural resources and agriculture 1.5%
Manufacturing and utilities 5.1%
Ontario has an unemployment rate of 7.4%. Regarding the most common jobs in Ontario, people working in Sales and service account for the largest share of the local workforce (1,522,085 individuals), followed by those in Business, finance and administration (1,074,965 individuals) and Trades and transport (866,660 individuals).

What language is most spoken in Ontario?

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% of Total
English 12,394,325 93.1%
French 504,130 3.8%
English and French 92,940 0.7%
Neither English nor French 321,480 2.4%
The majority of Ontario residents (that’s 93.1%) speak English.

What is the median household income in Ontario?

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Median household income $74,287
Median after-tax household income $65,285
The median household income in Ontario is $74,287, while the median after-tax household income sits at $65,285 per year.

How many households are there in Ontario?

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Homeownership

% of Total
Total households 5,161,545
Owned households 3,601,825 69.8%
Rented households 1,559,720 30.2%
Owned households 69.8%
Rented households 30.2%

Household size

Average household size 2.6
% of Total
1 person 1,341,300 26.0%
2 person 1,693,520 32.8%
3 person 834,255 16.1%
4 person 796,320 15.4%
5 person 503,770 9.8%
1 person 26.0%
2 person 32.8%
3 person 16.1%
4 person 15.4%
5 person 9.8%

Households by age of primary maintainer

% of Total
Under 34 817,520 15.8%
35 to 44 880,070 17.0%
45 to 54 1,113,885 21.6%
55 to 64 1,047,190 20.3%
Over 65 1,310,515 25.4%
Under 34 15.8%
35 to 44 17.0%
45 to 54 21.6%
55 to 64 20.3%
Over 65 25.4%
There is a total of 5,161,545 households in Ontario, 69.8% of which are owner-occupied and 30.2% of which have renters living in them. Meanwhile, the average household size in Ontario is 2.6 people. Of the total households here, those with 2 people living in them account for the largest share of the market (1,693,520 households), followed by establishments occupied by 1 person (1,341,300 households). Moreover, families whose primary maintainer is over 65 years old represent the largest percentage of the total households in Ontario, at 25.4%.

What are the housing characteristics in Ontario?

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Year built

% of Total
Before 1945 632,690 12.2%
Between 1946 and 1960 660,445 12.8%
Between 1961 and 1970 648,890 12.6%
Between 1971 and 1980 800,695 15.5%
Between 1981 and 1990 709,130 13.7%
Between 1991 and 2000 622,565 12.0%
Between 2001 and 2010 764,365 14.8%
After 2011 330,390 6.4%
Before 1945 12.2%
Between 1946 and 1960 12.8%
Between 1961 and 1970 12.6%
Between 1971 and 1980 15.5%
Between 1981 and 1990 13.7%
Between 1991 and 2000 12.0%
Between 2001 and 2010 14.8%
After 2011 6.4%

No. of bedrooms

% of Total
No bedrooms 33,955 0.7%
1 bedroom 699,980 13.5%
2 bedrooms 1,122,145 21.7%
3 bedrooms 1,876,905 36.3%
4 or more bedroom 1,436,190 27.8%
No bedrooms 0.7%
1 bedroom 13.5%
2 bedrooms 21.7%
2 bedrooms 36.3%
4 or more bedroom 27.8%

Property type

% of Total
Single-detached homes 2,807,380 54.3%
Apartments 886,700 17.2%
Attached homes 1,460,200 28.2%
Movable homes 14,890 0.3%
Single-detached homes 54.3%
Apartments 17.2%
Attached homes 28.2%
Movable homes 0.3%
Median home value $400,496
Average home value $506,409

Home improvement needed

% of Total
Regular maintenance 3,560,505 68.9%
Major repairs 317,835 6.2%
Minor repairs 1,290,830 25.0%
Regular maintenance 68.9%
Minor repairs 25.0%
Major repairs 6.2%
Single-detached houses account for 54.3% of the residential buildings in Ontario. Apartments make up 17.2% of the Ontario housing market. Meanwhile, the median home value here is $400,496 and the average figure sits at $506,409. Of all the properties in Ontario, 3 bedrooms units include 1,876,905 (the highest share) and 4 or more bedrooms units have 1,436,190 (second-highest share). Notably, when it comes to the condition of these homes, most of them require regular maintenance (68.9%) and minor repairs (25%).

What is the education level in Ontario?

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% of Total
No diploma 1,935,355 17.5%
High school diploma 3,026,100 27.4%
Apprenticeship diploma 664,180 6.0%
College diploma 2,298,715 20.8%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 242,010 2.2%
University degree 2,872,085 26.0%
No diploma 17.5%
High school diploma 27.4%
Apprenticeship diploma 6.0%
College diploma 20.8%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 2.2%
University degree 26.0%
Approximately 27.4% of the population in Ontario has a high school diploma (that’s 3,026,100 residents). Ontario locals holding a college diploma (2,298,715 people) account for 20.8% of the resident pool. Additionally, 26% of them hold a university degree (2,872,085 people).

What is the average commute time in Ontario?

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Average commute time 29 min

Commuting mode

% of Total
By car, truck or van 4,747,695 77.9%
By public transit 888,920 14.6%
By bicycle/by walking 395,475 6.5%
By other methods 60,620 1.0%
By car, truck or van 77.9%
By public transit 14.6%
By bicycle/by walking 6.5%
By other methods 1.0%

Commuting destinations

% of Total
Commute within the same municipality 3,109,070 58.0%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 2,207,940 41.2%
Commute to a different province 38,985 0.7%
Commute within the same municipality 58.0%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 41.2%
Commute to a different province 0.7%

Commuting duration

% of Total
Less than 15 minutes 1,463,845 24.0%
15 to 29 minutes 1,964,690 32.2%
30 to 44 minutes 1,295,380 21.3%
45 to 59 minutes 612,415 10.0%
More than 60 minutes 756,385 12.4%
Less than 15 minutes 24.0%
15 to 29 minutes 32.2%
30 to 44 minutes 21.3%
45 to 59 minutes 10.0%
More than 60 minutes 12.4%
Most employed people in Ontario (1,964,690 individuals) travel 15 to 29 min to get to work, followed by those who commute less than 15 min (1,463,845 individuals). All in all, the average commute time in Ontario is 29 min. The preferred commuting mode here is by car, truck or van and most employed Ontario 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 (2016).
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.
*Total population 2020 extracted from Annual Population Estimates.

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