Demographics in Whitby, ON

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

What is the population of Whitby?

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Y-o-Y Change
Total population 2020* 140,950 2.8%

Population by gender

% of Total
Total population 2016 128,380
Male population 62,535 48.7%
Female population 65,845 51.3%
Average age 38.4
Male population 48.7%
Female population 51.3%

Population by age group

% of Total
Under 14 25,530 19.9%
15 to 24 17,425 13.6%
25 to 34 13,615 10.6%
35 to 44 18,555 14.4%
45 to 54 21,130 16.5%
55 to 64 15,595 12.2%
Over 65 16,530 12.9%
Under 14 19.9%
15 to 24 13.6%
25 to 34 10.6%
35 to 44 14.4%
45 to 54 16.5%
55 to 64 12.2%
Over 65 12.9%
There are 128,380 residents in Whitby, with an average age of 38.4. Males make up 48.7% of the population, while females account for 51.3%. Locals under 14 years old represent the largest age group in Whitby (25,530 individuals), followed by those aged 45 to 54 (21,130 people).

What is the marital status of Whitby residents?

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% of Total
Married 55,215 53.7%
Common law 7,040 6.8%
Single 27,785 27.0%
Separated 2,940 2.9%
Divorced 5,210 5.1%
Widowed 4,655 4.5%
Married 53.7%
Common law 6.8%
Single 27.0%
Separated 2.9%
Divorced 5.1%
Widowed 4.5%
A total of 27,785 people in Whitby have never been married (which represents 27% of the population). Wedded people in Whitby (55,215 locals) account for 53.7% of the resident pool. Meanwhile, approximately 6.8% of locals live common law (that’s a total of 7,040 people).

What are the employment statistics in Whitby?

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Unemployment rate 7.4%
% of Total
Management 9,005 13.8%
Business, finance and administration 11,305 17.4%
Natural and applied sciences 4,800 7.4%
Health 3,880 6.0%
Education, law, community and government services 9,260 14.2%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 2,020 3.1%
Sales and service 14,470 22.2%
Trades and transport 7,760 11.9%
Natural resources and agriculture 645 1.0%
Manufacturing and utilities 1,950 3.0%
Management 13.8%
Business, finance and administration 17.4%
Natural and applied sciences 7.4%
Health 6.0%
Education, law, community and government services 14.2%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 3.1%
Sales and service 22.2%
Trades and transport 11.9%
Natural resources and agriculture 1.0%
Manufacturing and utilities 3.0%
Whitby has an unemployment rate of 7.4%. Regarding the most common jobs in Whitby, people working in Sales and service account for the largest share of the local workforce (14,470 individuals), followed by those in Business, finance and administration (11,305 individuals) and Education, law, community and government services (9,260 individuals).

What language is most spoken in Whitby?

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% of Total
English 123,890 97.2%
French 2,075 1.6%
English and French 525 0.4%
Neither English nor French 1,040 0.8%
The majority of Whitby residents (that’s 97.2%) speak English.

What is the median household income in Whitby?

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Median household income $103,809
Median after-tax household income $87,847
The median household income in Whitby is $103,809, while the median after-tax household income sits at $87,847 per year.

How many households are there in Whitby?

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Homeownership

% of Total
Total households 43,530
Owned households 36,275 83.3%
Rented households 7,255 16.7%
Owned households 83.3%
Rented households 16.7%

Household size

Average household size 2.9
% of Total
1 person 7,645 17.6%
2 person 12,190 28.0%
3 person 8,185 18.8%
4 person 9,950 22.9%
5 person 5,555 12.8%
1 person 17.6%
2 person 28.0%
3 person 18.8%
4 person 22.9%
5 person 12.8%

Households by age of primary maintainer

% of Total
Under 34 4,660 10.7%
35 to 44 9,290 21.3%
45 to 54 11,595 26.6%
55 to 64 8,760 20.1%
Over 65 9,235 21.2%
Under 34 10.7%
35 to 44 21.3%
45 to 54 26.6%
55 to 64 20.1%
Over 65 21.2%
There is a total of 43,530 households in Whitby, 83.3% of which are owner-occupied and 16.7% of which have renters living in them. Meanwhile, the average household size in Whitby is 2.9 people. Of the total households here, those with 2 people living in them account for the largest share of the market (12,190 households), followed by establishments occupied by 4 people (9,950 households). Moreover, families whose primary maintainer is 45 to 54 years old represent the largest percentage of the total households in Whitby, at 26.6%.

What are the housing characteristics in Whitby?

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Year built

% of Total
Before 1945 1,150 2.6%
Between 1946 and 1960 2,705 6.2%
Between 1961 and 1970 2,380 5.5%
Between 1971 and 1980 4,950 11.4%
Between 1981 and 1990 8,230 18.9%
Between 1991 and 2000 8,840 20.3%
Between 2001 and 2010 12,780 29.4%
After 2011 2,505 5.8%
Before 1945 2.6%
Between 1946 and 1960 6.2%
Between 1961 and 1970 5.5%
Between 1971 and 1980 11.4%
Between 1981 and 1990 18.9%
Between 1991 and 2000 20.3%
Between 2001 and 2010 29.4%
After 2011 5.8%

No. of bedrooms

% of Total
No bedrooms 80 0.2%
1 bedroom 2,605 6.0%
2 bedrooms 4,550 10.4%
3 bedrooms 17,315 39.8%
4 or more bedroom 18,975 43.6%
No bedrooms 0.2%
1 bedroom 6.0%
2 bedrooms 10.4%
2 bedrooms 39.8%
4 or more bedroom 43.6%

Property type

% of Total
Single-detached homes 30,390 69.8%
Apartments 3,195 7.3%
Attached homes 9,930 22.8%
Movable homes 10 0.0%
Single-detached homes 69.8%
Apartments 7.3%
Attached homes 22.8%
Median home value $501,324
Average home value $548,489

Home improvement needed

% of Total
Regular maintenance 31,365 72.0%
Major repairs 1,450 3.3%
Minor repairs 10,715 24.6%
Regular maintenance 72.0%
Minor repairs 24.6%
Major repairs 3.3%
Single-detached houses account for 69.8% of the residential buildings in Whitby. Apartments make up 7.3% of the Whitby housing market. Meanwhile, the median home value here is $501,324 and the average figure sits at $548,489. Of all the properties in Whitby, 4 or more bedrooms units include 18,975 (the highest share) and 3 bedrooms units have 17,315 (second-highest share). Notably, when it comes to the condition of these homes, most of them require regular maintenance (72%) and minor repairs (24.6%).

What is the education level in Whitby?

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% of Total
No diploma 13,865 13.7%
High school diploma 28,785 28.4%
Apprenticeship diploma 5,785 5.7%
College diploma 25,305 25.0%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 2,010 2.0%
University degree 25,530 25.2%
No diploma 13.7%
High school diploma 28.4%
Apprenticeship diploma 5.7%
College diploma 25.0%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 2.0%
University degree 25.2%
Approximately 28.4% of the population in Whitby has a high school diploma (that’s 28,785 residents). Whitby locals holding a college diploma (25,305 people) account for 25% of the resident pool. Additionally, 25.2% of them hold a university degree (25,530 people).

What is the average commute time in Whitby?

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Average commute time 36 min

Commuting mode

% of Total
By car, truck or van 50,270 83.7%
By public transit 7,490 12.5%
By bicycle/by walking 1,755 2.9%
By other methods 530 0.9%
By car, truck or van 83.7%
By public transit 12.5%
By bicycle/by walking 2.9%
By other methods 0.9%

Commuting destinations

% of Total
Commute within the same municipality 13,570 25.7%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 39,180 74.1%
Commute to a different province 135 0.3%
Commute within the same municipality 25.7%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 74.1%
Commute to a different province 0.3%

Commuting duration

% of Total
Less than 15 minutes 12,240 20.4%
15 to 29 minutes 15,825 26.4%
30 to 44 minutes 9,295 15.5%
45 to 59 minutes 7,540 12.6%
More than 60 minutes 15,145 25.2%
Less than 15 minutes 20.4%
15 to 29 minutes 26.4%
30 to 44 minutes 15.5%
45 to 59 minutes 12.6%
More than 60 minutes 25.2%
Most employed people in Whitby (15,825 individuals) travel 15 to 29 min to get to work, followed by those who commute more than 60 min (15,145 individuals). All in all, the average commute time in Whitby is 36 min. The preferred commuting mode here is by car, truck or van and most employed Whitby 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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