Demographics in Prince Edward Island

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

What is the population of Prince Edward Island?

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Population by gender

% of Total
Total population 2021 154,330
Male population 75,385 48.8%
Female population 78,945 51.2%
Average age 43.1
Male population 48.8%
Female population 51.2%

Population by age group

% of Total
Under 14 23,640 15.3%
15 to 24 19,130 12.4%
25 to 34 18,200 11.8%
35 to 44 18,110 11.7%
45 to 54 19,465 12.6%
55 to 64 23,070 15.0%
Over 65 32,705 21.2%
Under 14 15.3%
15 to 24 12.4%
25 to 34 11.8%
35 to 44 11.7%
45 to 54 12.6%
55 to 64 15.0%
Over 65 21.2%
There are 154,330 residents in Prince Edward Island, with an average age of 43.1. Males make up 48.8% of the population, while females account for 51.2%. Locals over 65 years old represent the largest age group in Prince Edward Island (32,705 individuals), followed by those aged under 14 (23,640 people).

What is the marital status of Prince Edward Island residents?

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% of Total
Married 62,350 47.7%
Common law 13,060 10.0%
Single 36,455 27.9%
Separated 3,585 2.7%
Divorced 7,235 5.5%
Widowed 8,010 6.1%
Married 47.7%
Common law 10.0%
Single 27.9%
Separated 2.7%
Divorced 5.5%
Widowed 6.1%
A total of 36,455 people in Prince Edward Island have never been married (which represents 27.9% of the population). Wedded people in Prince Edward Island (62,350 locals) account for 47.7% of the resident pool. Meanwhile, approximately 10% of locals live common law (that’s a total of 13,060 people).

What are the employment statistics in Prince Edward Island?

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Unemployment rate 10.3%
% of Total
Management 830 1.0%
Business, finance and administration 12,330 15.0%
Natural and applied sciences 5,040 6.2%
Health 6,815 8.3%
Education, law, community and government services 10,090 12.3%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 1,855 2.3%
Sales and service 19,750 24.1%
Trades and transport 14,165 17.3%
Natural resources and agriculture 6,760 8.2%
Manufacturing and utilities 4,330 5.3%
Management 1.0%
Business, finance and administration 15.0%
Natural and applied sciences 6.2%
Health 8.3%
Education, law, community and government services 12.3%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 2.3%
Sales and service 24.1%
Trades and transport 17.3%
Natural resources and agriculture 8.2%
Manufacturing and utilities 5.3%
Prince Edward Island has an unemployment rate of 10.3%. Regarding the most common jobs in Prince Edward Island, people working in Sales and service account for the largest share of the local workforce (19,750 individuals), followed by those in Trades and transport (14,165 individuals) and Business, finance and administration (12,330 individuals).

What language is most spoken in Prince Edward Island?

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% of Total
English 146,265 95.9%
French 4,350 2.8%
English and French 415 0.3%
Neither English nor French 1,425 0.9%
The majority of Prince Edward Island residents (that’s 95.9%) speak English.

What is the median household income in Prince Edward Island?

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Median household income $73,500
Median after-tax household income $64,000
The median household income in Prince Edward Island is $73,500, while the median after-tax household income sits at $64,000 per year.

How many households are there in Prince Edward Island?

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Homeownership

% of Total
Total households 64,575
Owned households 44,420 68.8%
Rented households 19,990 31.0%
Other households 165 0.3%
Owned households 68.8%
Rented households 31.0%
Other households 0.3%

Household size

Average household size 2.3
% of Total
1 person 18,635 28.9%
2 person 24,470 37.9%
3 person 9,475 14.7%
4 person 7,620 11.8%
5 person 4,370 6.8%
1 person 28.9%
2 person 37.9%
3 person 14.7%
4 person 11.8%
5 person 6.8%

Households by age of primary maintainer

% of Total
Under 34 10,505 16.3%
35 to 44 9,530 14.8%
45 to 54 10,945 17.0%
55 to 64 13,405 20.8%
Over 65 20,185 31.3%
Under 34 16.3%
35 to 44 14.8%
45 to 54 17.0%
55 to 64 20.8%
Over 65 31.3%
There is a total of 64,575 households in Prince Edward Island, 68.8% of which are owner-occupied and 31% of which have renters living in them. Meanwhile, the average household size in Prince Edward Island is 2.3 people. Of the total households here, those with 2 people living in them account for the largest share of the market (24,470 households), followed by establishments occupied by 1 person (18,635 households). Moreover, families whose primary maintainer is over 65 years old represent the largest percentage of the total households in Prince Edward Island, at 31.3%.

What are the housing characteristics in Prince Edward Island?

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Year built

% of Total
Before 1945 9,700 15.0%
Between 1946 and 1960 5,095 7.9%
Between 1961 and 1970 5,750 8.9%
Between 1971 and 1980 10,700 16.6%
Between 1981 and 1990 8,110 12.6%
Between 1991 and 2000 8,095 12.5%
Between 2001 and 2010 8,240 12.8%
After 2011 8,880 13.8%
Before 1945 15.0%
Between 1946 and 1960 7.9%
Between 1961 and 1970 8.9%
Between 1971 and 1980 16.6%
Between 1981 and 1990 12.6%
Between 1991 and 2000 12.5%
Between 2001 and 2010 12.8%
After 2011 13.8%

No. of bedrooms

% of Total
No bedrooms 205 0.3%
1 bedroom 6,035 9.4%
2 bedrooms 17,730 27.5%
3 bedrooms 24,505 38.0%
4 or more bedroom 16,090 24.9%
No bedrooms 0.3%
1 bedroom 9.4%
2 bedrooms 27.5%
2 bedrooms 38.0%
4 or more bedroom 24.9%

Property type

% of Total
Single-detached homes 43,855 67.9%
Apartments 130 0.2%
Attached homes 17,915 27.7%
Movable homes 2,680 4.2%
Single-detached homes 67.9%
Apartments 0.2%
Attached homes 27.7%
Movable homes 4.2%
Median home value $300,000
Average home value $313,200

Home improvement needed

% of Total
Regular maintenance 42,145 65.3%
Major repairs 4,575 7.1%
Minor repairs 17,850 27.6%
Regular maintenance 65.3%
Minor repairs 27.6%
Major repairs 7.1%
Single-detached houses account for 67.9% of the residential buildings in Prince Edward Island. Apartments make up 0.2% of the Prince Edward Island housing market. Meanwhile, the median home value here is $300,000 and the average figure sits at $313,200. Of all the properties in Prince Edward Island, 3 bedrooms units include 24,505 (the highest share) and 2 bedrooms units have 17,730 (second-highest share). Notably, when it comes to the condition of these homes, most of them require regular maintenance (65.3%) and minor repairs (27.6%).

What is the education level in Prince Edward Island?

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% of Total
No diploma 20,385 16.1%
High school diploma 35,980 28.4%
Apprenticeship diploma 8,245 6.5%
College diploma 31,135 24.5%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 3,260 2.6%
University degree 27,890 22.0%
No diploma 16.1%
High school diploma 28.4%
Apprenticeship diploma 6.5%
College diploma 24.5%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 2.6%
University degree 22.0%
Approximately 28.4% of the population in Prince Edward Island has a high school diploma (that’s 35,980 residents). Prince Edward Island locals holding a college diploma (31,135 people) account for 24.5% of the resident pool. Additionally, 22% of them hold a university degree (27,890 people).

What is the average commute time in Prince Edward Island?

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Average commute time 18 min

Commuting mode

% of Total
By car, truck or van 58,720 92.4%
By public transit 890 1.4%
By bicycle/by walking 2,840 4.5%
By other methods 1,085 1.7%
By car, truck or van 92.4%
By public transit 1.4%
By bicycle/by walking 4.5%
By other methods 1.7%

Commuting destinations

% of Total
Commute within the same municipality 21,715 41.2%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 29,560 56.1%
Commute to a different province 1,440 2.7%
Commute within the same municipality 41.2%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 56.1%
Commute to a different province 2.7%

Commuting duration

% of Total
Less than 15 minutes 29,520 46.5%
15 to 29 minutes 21,585 34.0%
30 to 44 minutes 7,555 11.9%
45 to 59 minutes 2,890 4.6%
More than 60 minutes 1,975 3.1%
Less than 15 minutes 46.5%
15 to 29 minutes 34.0%
30 to 44 minutes 11.9%
45 to 59 minutes 4.6%
More than 60 minutes 3.1%
Most employed people in Prince Edward Island (29,520 individuals) travel less than 15 min to get to work, followed by those who commute 15 to 29 min (21,585 individuals). All in all, the average commute time in Prince Edward Island is 18 min. The preferred commuting mode here is by car, truck or van and most employed Prince Edward Island 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 (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.