Demographics in Owen Sound, ON

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

What is the population of Owen Sound?

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Y-o-Y Change
Total population 2020* 22,657 2.5%

Population by gender

% of Total
Total population 2016 21,340
Male population 9,890 46.3%
Female population 11,450 53.7%
Average age 45.6
Male population 46.3%
Female population 53.7%

Population by age group

% of Total
Under 14 3,075 14.4%
15 to 24 2,355 11.0%
25 to 34 2,450 11.5%
35 to 44 2,130 10.0%
45 to 54 2,775 13.0%
55 to 64 3,225 15.1%
Over 65 5,325 25.0%
Under 14 14.4%
15 to 24 11.0%
25 to 34 11.5%
35 to 44 10.0%
45 to 54 13.0%
55 to 64 15.1%
Over 65 25.0%
There are 21,340 residents in Owen Sound, with an average age of 45.6. Males make up 46.3% of the population, while females account for 53.7%. Locals over 65 years old represent the largest age group in Owen Sound (5,325 individuals), followed by those aged 55 to 64 (3,225 people).

What is the marital status of Owen Sound residents?

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% of Total
Married 7,500 41.1%
Common law 2,065 11.3%
Single 4,640 25.4%
Separated 680 3.7%
Divorced 1,550 8.5%
Widowed 1,830 10.0%
Married 41.1%
Common law 11.3%
Single 25.4%
Separated 3.7%
Divorced 8.5%
Widowed 10.0%
A total of 4,640 people in Owen Sound have never been married (which represents 25.4% of the population). Wedded people in Owen Sound (7,500 locals) account for 41.1% of the resident pool. Meanwhile, approximately 11.3% of locals live common law (that’s a total of 2,065 people).

What are the employment statistics in Owen Sound?

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Unemployment rate 7.4%
% of Total
Management 815 8.7%
Business, finance and administration 1,100 11.7%
Natural and applied sciences 335 3.6%
Health 1,005 10.7%
Education, law, community and government services 1,175 12.5%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 190 2.0%
Sales and service 2,670 28.4%
Trades and transport 1,285 13.7%
Natural resources and agriculture 155 1.6%
Manufacturing and utilities 655 7.0%
Management 8.7%
Business, finance and administration 11.7%
Natural and applied sciences 3.6%
Health 10.7%
Education, law, community and government services 12.5%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 2.0%
Sales and service 28.4%
Trades and transport 13.7%
Natural resources and agriculture 1.6%
Manufacturing and utilities 7.0%
Owen Sound has an unemployment rate of 7.4%. Regarding the most common jobs in Owen Sound, people working in Sales and service account for the largest share of the local workforce (2,670 individuals), followed by those in Trades and transport (1,285 individuals) and Education, law, community and government services (1,175 individuals).

What language is most spoken in Owen Sound?

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% of Total
English 20,585 98.8%
French 180 0.9%
English and French 15 0.1%
Neither English nor French 45 0.2%
The majority of Owen Sound residents (that’s 98.8%) speak English.

What is the median household income in Owen Sound?

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Median household income $51,042
Median after-tax household income $46,857
The median household income in Owen Sound is $51,042, while the median after-tax household income sits at $46,857 per year.

How many households are there in Owen Sound?

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Homeownership

% of Total
Total households 9,635
Owned households 5,500 57.1%
Rented households 4,135 42.9%
Owned households 57.1%
Rented households 42.9%

Household size

Average household size 2.1
% of Total
1 person 3,580 37.2%
2 person 3,450 35.8%
3 person 1,200 12.5%
4 person 905 9.4%
5 person 490 5.1%
1 person 37.2%
2 person 35.8%
3 person 12.5%
4 person 9.4%
5 person 5.1%

Households by age of primary maintainer

% of Total
Under 34 1,605 16.7%
35 to 44 1,275 13.2%
45 to 54 1,695 17.6%
55 to 64 1,935 20.1%
Over 65 3,125 32.4%
Under 34 16.7%
35 to 44 13.2%
45 to 54 17.6%
55 to 64 20.1%
Over 65 32.4%
There is a total of 9,635 households in Owen Sound, 57.1% of which are owner-occupied and 42.9% of which have renters living in them. Meanwhile, the average household size in Owen Sound is 2.1 people. Of the total households here, those with 1 person living in them account for the largest share of the market (3,580 households), followed by establishments occupied by 2 people (3,450 households). Moreover, families whose primary maintainer is over 65 years old represent the largest percentage of the total households in Owen Sound, at 32.4%.

What are the housing characteristics in Owen Sound?

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Year built

% of Total
Before 1945 2,985 31.0%
Between 1946 and 1960 1,415 14.7%
Between 1961 and 1970 1,155 12.0%
Between 1971 and 1980 1,520 15.8%
Between 1981 and 1990 1,320 13.7%
Between 1991 and 2000 615 6.4%
Between 2001 and 2010 440 4.6%
After 2011 185 1.9%
Before 1945 31.0%
Between 1946 and 1960 14.7%
Between 1961 and 1970 12.0%
Between 1971 and 1980 15.8%
Between 1981 and 1990 13.7%
Between 1991 and 2000 6.4%
Between 2001 and 2010 4.6%
After 2011 1.9%

No. of bedrooms

% of Total
No bedrooms 20 0.2%
1 bedroom 1,820 18.9%
2 bedrooms 2,450 25.4%
3 bedrooms 3,360 34.9%
4 or more bedroom 1,975 20.5%
No bedrooms 0.2%
1 bedroom 18.9%
2 bedrooms 25.4%
2 bedrooms 34.9%
4 or more bedroom 20.5%

Property type

% of Total
Single-detached homes 4,990 51.8%
Apartments 765 8.0%
Attached homes 3,835 39.8%
Movable homes 35 0.4%
Single-detached homes 51.8%
Apartments 8.0%
Attached homes 39.8%
Movable homes 0.4%
Median home value $224,355
Average home value $244,872

Home improvement needed

% of Total
Regular maintenance 6,235 64.8%
Major repairs 760 7.9%
Minor repairs 2,630 27.3%
Regular maintenance 64.8%
Minor repairs 27.3%
Major repairs 7.9%
Single-detached houses account for 51.8% of the residential buildings in Owen Sound. Apartments make up 8% of the Owen Sound housing market. Meanwhile, the median home value here is $224,355 and the average figure sits at $244,872. Of all the properties in Owen Sound, 3 bedrooms units include 3,360 (the highest share) and 2 bedrooms units have 2,450 (second-highest share). Notably, when it comes to the condition of these homes, most of them require regular maintenance (64.8%) and minor repairs (27.3%).

What is the education level in Owen Sound?

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% of Total
No diploma 3,760 21.8%
High school diploma 5,445 31.5%
Apprenticeship diploma 1,180 6.8%
College diploma 4,170 24.1%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 280 1.6%
University degree 2,455 14.2%
No diploma 21.8%
High school diploma 31.5%
Apprenticeship diploma 6.8%
College diploma 24.1%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 1.6%
University degree 14.2%
Approximately 31.5% of the population in Owen Sound has a high school diploma (that’s 5,445 residents). Owen Sound locals holding a college diploma (4,170 people) account for 24.1% of the resident pool. Additionally, 14.2% of them hold a university degree (2,455 people).

What is the average commute time in Owen Sound?

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Average commute time 18 min

Commuting mode

% of Total
By car, truck or van 7,485 84.1%
By public transit 150 1.7%
By bicycle/by walking 1,150 12.9%
By other methods 115 1.3%
By car, truck or van 84.1%
By public transit 1.7%
By bicycle/by walking 12.9%
By other methods 1.3%

Commuting destinations

% of Total
Commute within the same municipality 5,900 73.5%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 2,075 25.9%
Commute to a different province 50 0.6%
Commute within the same municipality 73.5%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 25.9%
Commute to a different province 0.6%

Commuting duration

% of Total
Less than 15 minutes 5,235 58.8%
15 to 29 minutes 1,915 21.5%
30 to 44 minutes 925 10.4%
45 to 59 minutes 365 4.1%
More than 60 minutes 455 5.1%
Less than 15 minutes 58.8%
15 to 29 minutes 21.5%
30 to 44 minutes 10.4%
45 to 59 minutes 4.1%
More than 60 minutes 5.1%
Most employed people in Owen Sound (5,235 individuals) travel less than 15 min to get to work, followed by those who commute 15 to 29 min (1,915 individuals). All in all, the average commute time in Owen Sound is 18 min. The preferred commuting mode here is by car, truck or van and most employed Owen Sound 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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