Demographics in Barrie, ON

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

What is the population of Barrie?

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Y-o-Y Change
Total population 2020* 153,411 2.4%

Population by gender

% of Total
Total population 2016 141,435
Male population 68,540 48.5%
Female population 72,895 51.5%
Average age 38.9
Male population 48.5%
Female population 51.5%

Population by age group

% of Total
Under 14 25,530 18.0%
15 to 24 19,640 13.9%
25 to 34 19,040 13.5%
35 to 44 18,990 13.4%
45 to 54 21,770 15.4%
55 to 64 16,790 11.9%
Over 65 19,675 13.9%
Under 14 18.0%
15 to 24 13.9%
25 to 34 13.5%
35 to 44 13.4%
45 to 54 15.4%
55 to 64 11.9%
Over 65 13.9%
There are 141,435 residents in Barrie, with an average age of 38.9. Males make up 48.5% of the population, while females account for 51.5%. Locals under 14 years old represent the largest age group in Barrie (25,530 individuals), followed by those aged 45 to 54 (21,770 people).

What is the marital status of Barrie residents?

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% of Total
Married 51,160 44.1%
Common law 12,510 10.8%
Single 33,495 28.9%
Separated 4,415 3.8%
Divorced 7,970 6.9%
Widowed 6,355 5.5%
Married 44.1%
Common law 10.8%
Single 28.9%
Separated 3.8%
Divorced 6.9%
Widowed 5.5%
A total of 33,495 people in Barrie have never been married (which represents 28.9% of the population). Wedded people in Barrie (51,160 locals) account for 44.1% of the resident pool. Meanwhile, approximately 10.8% of locals live common law (that’s a total of 12,510 people).

What are the employment statistics in Barrie?

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Unemployment rate 7.4%
% of Total
Management 7,620 10.4%
Business, finance and administration 9,830 13.4%
Natural and applied sciences 4,245 5.8%
Health 5,360 7.3%
Education, law, community and government services 9,310 12.7%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 1,780 2.4%
Sales and service 19,025 26.0%
Trades and transport 11,295 15.4%
Natural resources and agriculture 735 1.0%
Manufacturing and utilities 3,885 5.3%
Management 10.4%
Business, finance and administration 13.4%
Natural and applied sciences 5.8%
Health 7.3%
Education, law, community and government services 12.7%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 2.4%
Sales and service 26.0%
Trades and transport 15.4%
Natural resources and agriculture 1.0%
Manufacturing and utilities 5.3%
Barrie has an unemployment rate of 7.4%. Regarding the most common jobs in Barrie, people working in Sales and service account for the largest share of the local workforce (19,025 individuals), followed by those in Trades and transport (11,295 individuals) and Business, finance and administration (9,830 individuals).

What language is most spoken in Barrie?

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% of Total
English 136,350 97.3%
French 2,805 2.0%
English and French 310 0.2%
Neither English nor French 630 0.4%
The majority of Barrie residents (that’s 97.3%) speak English.

What is the median household income in Barrie?

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Median household income $77,904
Median after-tax household income $68,019
The median household income in Barrie is $77,904, while the median after-tax household income sits at $68,019 per year.

How many households are there in Barrie?

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Homeownership

% of Total
Total households 52,480
Owned households 37,340 71.2%
Rented households 15,140 28.8%
Owned households 71.2%
Rented households 28.8%

Household size

Average household size 2.7
% of Total
1 person 11,890 22.7%
2 person 16,700 31.8%
3 person 9,580 18.2%
4 person 9,080 17.3%
5 person 5,230 10.0%
1 person 22.7%
2 person 31.8%
3 person 18.2%
4 person 17.3%
5 person 10.0%

Households by age of primary maintainer

% of Total
Under 34 9,215 17.6%
35 to 44 10,110 19.3%
45 to 54 12,310 23.4%
55 to 64 9,745 18.6%
Over 65 11,105 21.2%
Under 34 17.6%
35 to 44 19.3%
45 to 54 23.4%
55 to 64 18.6%
Over 65 21.2%
There is a total of 52,480 households in Barrie, 71.2% of which are owner-occupied and 28.8% of which have renters living in them. Meanwhile, the average household size in Barrie is 2.7 people. Of the total households here, those with 2 people living in them account for the largest share of the market (16,700 households), followed by establishments occupied by 1 person (11,890 households). Moreover, families whose primary maintainer is 45 to 54 years old represent the largest percentage of the total households in Barrie, at 23.4%.

What are the housing characteristics in Barrie?

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Year built

% of Total
Before 1945 2,050 3.9%
Between 1946 and 1960 3,595 6.8%
Between 1961 and 1970 3,790 7.2%
Between 1971 and 1980 6,395 12.2%
Between 1981 and 1990 7,755 14.8%
Between 1991 and 2000 12,570 24.0%
Between 2001 and 2010 13,930 26.6%
After 2011 2,385 4.6%
Before 1945 3.9%
Between 1946 and 1960 6.8%
Between 1961 and 1970 7.2%
Between 1971 and 1980 12.2%
Between 1981 and 1990 14.8%
Between 1991 and 2000 24.0%
Between 2001 and 2010 26.6%
After 2011 4.6%

No. of bedrooms

% of Total
No bedrooms 140 0.3%
1 bedroom 4,250 8.1%
2 bedrooms 9,315 17.8%
3 bedrooms 20,710 39.5%
4 or more bedroom 18,060 34.4%
No bedrooms 0.3%
1 bedroom 8.1%
2 bedrooms 17.8%
2 bedrooms 39.5%
4 or more bedroom 34.4%

Property type

% of Total
Single-detached homes 31,505 60.0%
Apartments 3,985 7.6%
Attached homes 16,960 32.3%
Movable homes 35 0.1%
Single-detached homes 60.0%
Apartments 7.6%
Attached homes 32.3%
Movable homes 0.1%
Median home value $379,125
Average home value $395,994

Home improvement needed

% of Total
Regular maintenance 36,055 68.7%
Major repairs 2,495 4.8%
Minor repairs 13,920 26.5%
Regular maintenance 68.7%
Minor repairs 26.5%
Major repairs 4.8%
Single-detached houses account for 60% of the residential buildings in Barrie. Apartments make up 7.6% of the Barrie housing market. Meanwhile, the median home value here is $379,125 and the average figure sits at $395,994. Of all the properties in Barrie, 3 bedrooms units include 20,710 (the highest share) and 4 or more bedrooms units have 18,060 (second-highest share). Notably, when it comes to the condition of these homes, most of them require regular maintenance (68.7%) and minor repairs (26.5%).

What is the education level in Barrie?

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% of Total
No diploma 19,990 17.6%
High school diploma 35,215 31.0%
Apprenticeship diploma 7,325 6.4%
College diploma 29,835 26.3%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 1,705 1.5%
University degree 19,500 17.2%
No diploma 17.6%
High school diploma 31.0%
Apprenticeship diploma 6.4%
College diploma 26.3%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 1.5%
University degree 17.2%
Approximately 31% of the population in Barrie has a high school diploma (that’s 35,215 residents). Barrie locals holding a college diploma (29,835 people) account for 26.3% of the resident pool. Additionally, 17.2% of them hold a university degree (19,500 people).

What is the average commute time in Barrie?

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Average commute time 29 min

Commuting mode

% of Total
By car, truck or van 60,730 88.9%
By public transit 3,665 5.4%
By bicycle/by walking 3,265 4.8%
By other methods 620 0.9%
By car, truck or van 88.9%
By public transit 5.4%
By bicycle/by walking 4.8%
By other methods 0.9%

Commuting destinations

% of Total
Commute within the same municipality 35,350 59.8%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 23,485 39.8%
Commute to a different province 235 0.4%
Commute within the same municipality 59.8%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 39.8%
Commute to a different province 0.4%

Commuting duration

% of Total
Less than 15 minutes 22,400 32.8%
15 to 29 minutes 20,040 29.4%
30 to 44 minutes 8,830 12.9%
45 to 59 minutes 5,870 8.6%
More than 60 minutes 11,145 16.3%
Less than 15 minutes 32.8%
15 to 29 minutes 29.4%
30 to 44 minutes 12.9%
45 to 59 minutes 8.6%
More than 60 minutes 16.3%
Most employed people in Barrie (22,400 individuals) travel less than 15 min to get to work, followed by those who commute 15 to 29 min (20,040 individuals). All in all, the average commute time in Barrie is 29 min. The preferred commuting mode here is by car, truck or van and most employed Barrie 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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