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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Population by gender

% of Total
Total population 2021 14,223,940
Male population 6,970,855 49.0%
Female population 7,253,085 51.0%
Average age 41.8
Male population 49.0%
Female population 51.0%

Population by age group

% of Total
Under 14 2,251,795 15.8%
15 to 24 1,697,055 11.9%
25 to 34 1,956,610 13.8%
35 to 44 1,838,190 12.9%
45 to 54 1,835,850 12.9%
55 to 64 2,006,735 14.1%
Over 65 2,637,710 18.5%
Under 14 15.8%
15 to 24 11.9%
25 to 34 13.8%
35 to 44 12.9%
45 to 54 12.9%
55 to 64 14.1%
Over 65 18.5%
There are 14,223,940 residents in Ontario, with an average age of 41.8. Males make up 49% of the population, while females account for 51%. Locals over 65 years old represent the largest age group in Ontario (2,637,710 individuals), followed by those aged under 14 (2,251,795 people).

What is the marital status of Ontario residents?

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% of Total
Married 5,738,390 47.9%
Common law 1,031,340 8.6%
Single 3,515,215 29.4%
Separated 333,775 2.8%
Divorced 695,630 5.8%
Widowed 657,800 5.5%
Married 47.9%
Common law 8.6%
Single 29.4%
Separated 2.8%
Divorced 5.8%
Widowed 5.5%
A total of 3,515,215 people in Ontario have never been married (which represents 29.4% of the population). Wedded people in Ontario (5,738,390 locals) account for 47.9% of the resident pool. Meanwhile, approximately 8.6% of locals live common law (that’s a total of 1,031,340 people).

What are the employment statistics in Ontario?

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Unemployment rate 12.2%
% of Total
Management 95,240 1.3%
Business, finance and administration 1,328,155 18.5%
Natural and applied sciences 685,390 9.5%
Health 543,565 7.6%
Education, law, community and government services 871,260 12.1%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 232,200 3.2%
Sales and service 1,735,930 24.2%
Trades and transport 1,175,410 16.4%
Natural resources and agriculture 148,055 2.1%
Manufacturing and utilities 371,490 5.2%
Management 1.3%
Business, finance and administration 18.5%
Natural and applied sciences 9.5%
Health 7.6%
Education, law, community and government services 12.1%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 3.2%
Sales and service 24.2%
Trades and transport 16.4%
Natural resources and agriculture 2.1%
Manufacturing and utilities 5.2%
Ontario has an unemployment rate of 12.2%. Regarding the most common jobs in Ontario, people working in Sales and service account for the largest share of the local workforce (1,735,930 individuals), followed by those in Business, finance and administration (1,328,155 individuals) and Trades and transport (1,175,410 individuals).

What language is most spoken in Ontario?

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% of Total
English 13,179,535 93.5%
French 484,425 3.4%
English and French 98,270 0.7%
Neither English nor French 337,560 2.4%
The majority of Ontario residents (that’s 93.5%) speak English.

What is the median household income in Ontario?

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Median household income $91,000
Median after-tax household income $79,500
The median household income in Ontario is $91,000, while the median after-tax household income sits at $79,500 per year.

How many households are there in Ontario?

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Homeownership

% of Total
Total households 5,491,200
Owned households 3,755,720 68.4%
Rented households 1,724,970 31.4%
Other households 10,510 0.2%
Owned households 68.4%
Rented households 31.4%
Other households 0.2%

Household size

Average household size 2.6
% of Total
1 person 1,452,540 26.4%
2 person 1,798,040 32.7%
3 person 872,480 15.9%
4 person 825,445 15.0%
5 person 542,700 9.9%
1 person 26.4%
2 person 32.7%
3 person 15.9%
4 person 15.0%
5 person 9.9%

Households by age of primary maintainer

% of Total
Under 34 853,690 15.6%
35 to 44 930,410 16.9%
45 to 54 1,013,210 18.4%
55 to 64 1,149,345 20.9%
Over 65 1,544,540 28.1%
Under 34 15.6%
35 to 44 16.9%
45 to 54 18.4%
55 to 64 20.9%
Over 65 28.1%
There is a total of 5,491,200 households in Ontario, 68.4% of which are owner-occupied and 31.4% 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 (1,798,040 households), followed by establishments occupied by 1 person (1,452,540 households). Moreover, families whose primary maintainer is over 65 years old represent the largest percentage of the total households in Ontario, at 28.1%.

What are the housing characteristics in Ontario?

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Year built

% of Total
Before 1945 623,295 11.4%
Between 1946 and 1960 624,135 11.4%
Between 1961 and 1970 648,715 11.8%
Between 1971 and 1980 807,395 14.7%
Between 1981 and 1990 711,940 13.0%
Between 1991 and 2000 644,080 11.7%
Between 2001 and 2010 733,810 13.4%
After 2011 697,835 12.7%
Before 1945 11.4%
Between 1946 and 1960 11.4%
Between 1961 and 1970 11.8%
Between 1971 and 1980 14.7%
Between 1981 and 1990 13.0%
Between 1991 and 2000 11.7%
Between 2001 and 2010 13.4%
After 2011 12.7%

No. of bedrooms

% of Total
No bedrooms 48,740 0.9%
1 bedroom 769,570 14.0%
2 bedrooms 1,205,540 22.0%
3 bedrooms 1,918,935 35.0%
4 or more bedroom 1,548,420 28.2%
No bedrooms 0.9%
1 bedroom 14.0%
2 bedrooms 22.0%
2 bedrooms 35.0%
4 or more bedroom 28.2%

Property type

% of Total
Single-detached homes 2,942,990 53.6%
Apartments 984,665 17.9%
Attached homes 1,548,560 28.2%
Movable homes 14,985 0.3%
Single-detached homes 53.6%
Apartments 17.9%
Attached homes 28.2%
Movable homes 0.3%
Median home value $700,000
Average home value $807,000

Home improvement needed

% of Total
Regular maintenance 3,879,705 70.6%
Major repairs 314,050 5.7%
Minor repairs 1,297,450 23.6%
Regular maintenance 70.6%
Minor repairs 23.6%
Major repairs 5.7%
Single-detached houses account for 53.6% of the residential buildings in Ontario. Apartments make up 17.9% of the Ontario housing market. Meanwhile, the median home value here is $700,000 and the average figure sits at $807,000. Of all the properties in Ontario, 3 bedrooms units include 1,918,935 (the highest share) and 4 or more bedrooms units have 1,548,420 (second-highest share). Notably, when it comes to the condition of these homes, most of them require regular maintenance (70.6%) and minor repairs (23.6%).

What is the education level in Ontario?

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% of Total
No diploma 1,799,890 15.3%
High school diploma 3,204,170 27.2%
Apprenticeship diploma 592,485 5.0%
College diploma 2,389,205 20.3%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 268,480 2.3%
University degree 3,528,600 30.0%
No diploma 15.3%
High school diploma 27.2%
Apprenticeship diploma 5.0%
College diploma 20.3%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 2.3%
University degree 30.0%
Approximately 27.2% of the population in Ontario has a high school diploma (that’s 3,204,170 residents). Ontario locals holding a college diploma (2,389,205 people) account for 20.3% of the resident pool. Additionally, 30% of them hold a university degree (3,528,600 people).

What is the average commute time in Ontario?

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Average commute time 26 min

Commuting mode

% of Total
By car, truck or van 3,790,545 83.6%
By public transit 390,140 8.6%
By bicycle/by walking 246,045 5.4%
By other methods 106,655 2.4%
By car, truck or van 83.6%
By public transit 8.6%
By bicycle/by walking 5.4%
By other methods 2.4%

Commuting destinations

% of Total
Commute within the same municipality 2,212,620 58.7%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 1,538,540 40.8%
Commute to a different province 17,050 0.4%
Commute within the same municipality 58.7%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 40.8%
Commute to a different province 0.4%

Commuting duration

% of Total
Less than 15 minutes 1,283,185 28.3%
15 to 29 minutes 1,527,580 33.7%
30 to 44 minutes 934,230 20.6%
45 to 59 minutes 375,215 8.3%
More than 60 minutes 413,180 9.1%
Less than 15 minutes 28.3%
15 to 29 minutes 33.7%
30 to 44 minutes 20.6%
45 to 59 minutes 8.3%
More than 60 minutes 9.1%
Most employed people in Ontario (1,527,580 individuals) travel 15 to 29 min to get to work, followed by those who commute less than 15 min (1,283,185 individuals). All in all, the average commute time in Ontario is 26 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 (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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