Demographics in Kitchener, ON

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

What is the population of Kitchener?

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Y-o-Y Change
Total population 2020* 267,665 1.7%

Population by gender

% of Total
Total population 2016 233,225
Male population 114,715 49.2%
Female population 118,510 50.8%
Average age 39.0
Male population 49.2%
Female population 50.8%

Population by age group

% of Total
Under 14 40,870 17.5%
15 to 24 29,495 12.6%
25 to 34 36,535 15.7%
35 to 44 31,940 13.7%
45 to 54 33,210 14.2%
55 to 64 28,785 12.3%
Over 65 32,385 13.9%
Under 14 17.5%
15 to 24 12.6%
25 to 34 15.7%
35 to 44 13.7%
45 to 54 14.2%
55 to 64 12.3%
Over 65 13.9%
There are 233,225 residents in Kitchener, with an average age of 39.0. Males make up 49.2% of the population, while females account for 50.8%. Locals under 14 years old represent the largest age group in Kitchener (40,870 individuals), followed by those aged 25 to 34 (36,535 people).

What is the marital status of Kitchener residents?

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% of Total
Married 90,560 47.1%
Common law 18,635 9.7%
Single 55,070 28.6%
Separated 6,350 3.3%
Divorced 12,265 6.4%
Widowed 9,465 4.9%
Married 47.1%
Common law 9.7%
Single 28.6%
Separated 3.3%
Divorced 6.4%
Widowed 4.9%
A total of 55,070 people in Kitchener have never been married (which represents 28.6% of the population). Wedded people in Kitchener (90,560 locals) account for 47.1% of the resident pool. Meanwhile, approximately 9.7% of locals live common law (that’s a total of 18,635 people).

What are the employment statistics in Kitchener?

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Unemployment rate 6.8%
% of Total
Management 11,875 9.8%
Business, finance and administration 17,840 14.7%
Natural and applied sciences 10,620 8.8%
Health 7,405 6.1%
Education, law, community and government services 12,530 10.3%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 2,960 2.4%
Sales and service 27,875 23.0%
Trades and transport 17,535 14.5%
Natural resources and agriculture 1,145 0.9%
Manufacturing and utilities 11,410 9.4%
Management 9.8%
Business, finance and administration 14.7%
Natural and applied sciences 8.8%
Health 6.1%
Education, law, community and government services 10.3%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 2.4%
Sales and service 23.0%
Trades and transport 14.5%
Natural resources and agriculture 0.9%
Manufacturing and utilities 9.4%
Kitchener has an unemployment rate of 6.8%. Regarding the most common jobs in Kitchener, people working in Sales and service account for the largest share of the local workforce (27,875 individuals), followed by those in Business, finance and administration (17,840 individuals) and Trades and transport (17,535 individuals).

What language is most spoken in Kitchener?

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% of Total
English 221,890 96.2%
French 2,735 1.2%
English and French 1,370 0.6%
Neither English nor French 4,650 2.0%
The majority of Kitchener residents (that’s 96.2%) speak English.

What is the median household income in Kitchener?

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Median household income $70,774
Median after-tax household income $62,481
The median household income in Kitchener is $70,774, while the median after-tax household income sits at $62,481 per year.

How many households are there in Kitchener?

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Homeownership

% of Total
Total households 92,220
Owned households 57,245 62.1%
Rented households 34,975 37.9%
Owned households 62.1%
Rented households 37.9%

Household size

Average household size 2.5
% of Total
1 person 24,980 27.1%
2 person 30,560 33.1%
3 person 15,035 16.3%
4 person 13,690 14.8%
5 person 7,955 8.6%
1 person 27.1%
2 person 33.1%
3 person 16.3%
4 person 14.8%
5 person 8.6%

Households by age of primary maintainer

% of Total
Under 34 19,420 21.1%
35 to 44 17,100 18.5%
45 to 54 19,365 21.0%
55 to 64 17,045 18.5%
Over 65 19,285 20.9%
Under 34 21.1%
35 to 44 18.5%
45 to 54 21.0%
55 to 64 18.5%
Over 65 20.9%
There is a total of 92,220 households in Kitchener, 62.1% of which are owner-occupied and 37.9% of which have renters living in them. Meanwhile, the average household size in Kitchener is 2.5 people. Of the total households here, those with 2 people living in them account for the largest share of the market (30,560 households), followed by establishments occupied by 1 person (24,980 households). Moreover, families whose primary maintainer is under 34 years old represent the largest percentage of the total households in Kitchener, at 21.1%.

What are the housing characteristics in Kitchener?

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Year built

% of Total
Before 1945 7,850 8.5%
Between 1946 and 1960 11,785 12.8%
Between 1961 and 1970 13,210 14.3%
Between 1971 and 1980 16,040 17.4%
Between 1981 and 1990 12,650 13.7%
Between 1991 and 2000 10,080 10.9%
Between 2001 and 2010 14,725 16.0%
After 2011 5,885 6.4%
Before 1945 8.5%
Between 1946 and 1960 12.8%
Between 1961 and 1970 14.3%
Between 1971 and 1980 17.4%
Between 1981 and 1990 13.7%
Between 1991 and 2000 10.9%
Between 2001 and 2010 16.0%
After 2011 6.4%

No. of bedrooms

% of Total
No bedrooms 385 0.4%
1 bedroom 12,460 13.5%
2 bedrooms 21,600 23.4%
3 bedrooms 39,370 42.7%
4 or more bedroom 18,395 20.0%
No bedrooms 0.4%
1 bedroom 13.5%
2 bedrooms 23.4%
2 bedrooms 42.7%
4 or more bedroom 20.0%

Property type

% of Total
Single-detached homes 44,815 48.6%
Apartments 13,380 14.5%
Attached homes 34,015 36.9%
Movable homes 10 0.0%
Single-detached homes 48.6%
Apartments 14.5%
Attached homes 36.9%
Median home value $341,167
Average home value $366,792

Home improvement needed

% of Total
Regular maintenance 65,330 70.8%
Major repairs 5,060 5.5%
Minor repairs 21,825 23.7%
Regular maintenance 70.8%
Minor repairs 23.7%
Major repairs 5.5%
Single-detached houses account for 48.6% of the residential buildings in Kitchener. Apartments make up 14.5% of the Kitchener housing market. Meanwhile, the median home value here is $341,167 and the average figure sits at $366,792. Of all the properties in Kitchener, 3 bedrooms units include 39,370 (the highest share) and 2 bedrooms units have 21,600 (second-highest share). Notably, when it comes to the condition of these homes, most of them require regular maintenance (70.8%) and minor repairs (23.7%).

What is the education level in Kitchener?

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% of Total
No diploma 35,105 18.6%
High school diploma 54,905 29.0%
Apprenticeship diploma 12,235 6.5%
College diploma 41,750 22.1%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 3,145 1.7%
University degree 42,080 22.2%
No diploma 18.6%
High school diploma 29.0%
Apprenticeship diploma 6.5%
College diploma 22.1%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 1.7%
University degree 22.2%
Approximately 29% of the population in Kitchener has a high school diploma (that’s 54,905 residents). Kitchener locals holding a college diploma (41,750 people) account for 22.1% of the resident pool. Additionally, 22.2% of them hold a university degree (42,080 people).

What is the average commute time in Kitchener?

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Average commute time 23 min

Commuting mode

% of Total
By car, truck or van 99,090 86.7%
By public transit 8,375 7.3%
By bicycle/by walking 6,040 5.3%
By other methods 735 0.6%
By car, truck or van 86.7%
By public transit 7.3%
By bicycle/by walking 5.3%
By other methods 0.6%

Commuting destinations

% of Total
Commute within the same municipality 48,890 47.9%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 52,940 51.9%
Commute to a different province 240 0.2%
Commute within the same municipality 47.9%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 51.9%
Commute to a different province 0.2%

Commuting duration

% of Total
Less than 15 minutes 32,070 28.1%
15 to 29 minutes 52,385 45.9%
30 to 44 minutes 16,835 14.7%
45 to 59 minutes 5,375 4.7%
More than 60 minutes 7,565 6.6%
Less than 15 minutes 28.1%
15 to 29 minutes 45.9%
30 to 44 minutes 14.7%
45 to 59 minutes 4.7%
More than 60 minutes 6.6%
Most employed people in Kitchener (52,385 individuals) travel 15 to 29 min to get to work, followed by those who commute less than 15 min (32,070 individuals). All in all, the average commute time in Kitchener is 23 min. The preferred commuting mode here is by car, truck or van and most employed Kitchener locals commute to another municipality within the same province 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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