Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census subdivision of Guelph, CY - Ontario

Map of Guelph, CY (shaded in green), Ontario

Map of Guelph, CY

Interactive version of map

Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A: Guelph, CY - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A description: Guelph, CY - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Prov. rank
21
Nat. rank
42

In 2011, Guelph (City) had a population of 121,688, representing a percentage change of 5.9% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.

Land area is 87.20 square kilometres with a population density of 1,395.4 persons per square kilometre. This compares to the provincial land area of 908,607.67 square kilometres with a population density of 14.1 persons per square kilometre.

In 2011, Guelph (City) had 48,115 private dwellings occupied by usual residents. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 7.6%. For Canada as a whole, the number of private dwellings occupied by usual residents increased 7.1%.

Guelph (City) is part of the census metropolitan area of Guelph.

Population and dwelling counts

Guelph (City) – Neighbouring census subdivisions

Table 1 Guelph (City) – Neighbouring census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2011 2006 % change
Puslinch, Ont. TP 7,029 6,689 5.1
Guelph/Eramosa, Ont. TP 12,380 12,066 2.6

Ontario – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the highest population growth

Table 2 Ontario – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the highest population growth, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2011 2006 % change
Milton T 84,362 53,889 A 56.5
Whitchurch-Stouffville T 37,628 24,390 54.3
Ajax T 109,600 90,167 21.6
Brampton CY 523,911 433,806 20.8
Vaughan CY 288,301 238,866 20.7

Ontario – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the lowest population growth

Table 3 Ontario – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the lowest population growth, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2011 2006 % change
Thunder Bay, Unorganized NO 5,909 6,585 -10.3
Hearst T 5,090 5,620 -9.4
Dryden CY 7,617 8,195 -7.1
The Blue Mountains T 6,453 6,825 -5.5

Age and sex

Guelph, CY – Age distribution

Table 4 Guelph, CY – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 17.7% 18.6% 16.9%
15 to 64 69.3% 69.9% 68.7%
65 and over 13.0% 11.5% 14.5%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Guelph, CY was 13.0%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 69.3% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 17.7%. In comparison, the national percentages were 68.5% for the population aged 15 to 64 and 16.7% for the population aged 0 to 14.

Guelph, CY – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 5 Guelph, CY – Population by broad age groups, sex and population change between 2006 and 2011, 2006 to 2011 censuses
Broad age groups by sex Population
2011 2006 change % change
Both sexes
Total 121,685 114,940 6,745 5.9
0 to 14 21,545 21,170 375 1.8
15 to 64 84,300 79,510 4,790 6.0
65 and over 15,845 14,265 1,580 11.1
Males
Total 58,995 55,935 3,060 5.5
0 to 14 10,970 10,830 140 1.3
15 to 64 41,245 39,125 2,120 5.4
65 and over 6,785 5,985 800 13.4
Females
Total 62,690 59,005 3,685 6.2
0 to 14 10,570 10,340 230 2.2
15 to 64 43,060 40,385 2,675 6.6
65 and over 9,060 8,285 775 9.4

Guelph, CY – Population by five-year age groups and sex

Table 6 Guelph, CY – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 121,685 58,995 62,690
0 to 4 years 7,390 3,765 3,625
5 to 9 years 7,045 3,600 3,445
10 to 14 years 7,105 3,600 3,500
15 to 19 years 7,985 4,115 3,880
20 to 24 years 9,290 4,485 4,810
25 to 29 years 9,040 4,440 4,600
30 to 34 years 8,470 4,195 4,275
35 to 39 years 8,500 4,135 4,365
40 to 44 years 8,780 4,310 4,470
45 to 49 years 9,545 4,755 4,785
50 to 54 years 8,890 4,325 4,565
55 to 59 years 7,495 3,540 3,955
60 to 64 years 6,295 2,950 3,350
65 to 69 years 4,560 2,125 2,435
70 to 74 years 3,480 1,525 1,960
75 to 79 years 3,020 1,325 1,690
80 to 84 years 2,640 1,080 1,555
85 years and over 2,150 730 1,420
Median age 37.7 36.6 38.7

Guelph, CY – Median age1 of the population

In 2011, the median age in Guelph, CY was 37.7 years. In comparison, the median age of Ontario was 40.4 years.

Table 7 Canada, Ontario and Guelph, CY – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
Ontario 39.0 40.4
Guelph, CY 36.4 37.7

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families2 in Guelph was 33,860, which represents a change of 5.2% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In Guelph, 70.4% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 13.5% were common-law-couples and 16.2% were lone-parent families.

Guelph – Family structure

Table 8 Canada, Ontario, CSD of Guelph, CY and neighbouring census subdivisions – Distribution of census families by family structure, 2011 Census
Geographic name Total families Married-couple families Common-law-couple families Lone-parent families % change, census families, 2006 to 2011
number % number % number %
Canada  9,389,695 6,293,950 67.0 1,567,905 16.7 1,527,840 16.3 5.5
Ontario  3,612,205 2,612,890 72.3 394,670 10.9 604,645 16.7 5.5
Guelph, CY 33,860 23,830 70.4 4,555 13.5 5,475 16.2 5.2
Puslinch, TP 2,180 1,805 82.8 225 10.3 150 6.9 9.5
Guelph/Eramosa, TP 3,725 3,030 81.3 370 9.9 330 8.9 4.8

Guelph – Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census subdivision of Guelph, 50.3% were couples with children aged 24 and under at home. In comparison, as a whole, 46.9% of couples in Canada had children aged 24 and under at home.

Presence of children within couple families
* Children aged 24 and under at home
Married couples with children * 12,600
Married couples without children * 11,230
Common-law-couples with children * 1,690
Common-law-couples without children * 2,865

Guelph – Marital status

In Guelph, 57.8% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (48.7%) or living with a common-law partner (9.1%).

The remaining 42.2% were not married and not living with a common-law partner, including those who were single (never-married), separated, divorced or widowed.

Note: Percentages may not total 100 percent due to random rounding.

Table 9 Canada, Ontario, Guelph, CY – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status Guelph, CY Ontario Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 100,150 100.0 10,671,050 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 57,895 57.8 6,158,605 57.7 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 48,760 48.7 5,367,400 50.3 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 9,130 9.1 791,210 7.4 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 42,250 42.2 4,512,440 42.3 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 28,115 28.1 2,985,020 28.0 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 3,060 3.1 319,805 3.0 698,245 2.5
Divorced 5,955 5.9 593,730 5.6 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 5,125 5.1 613,880 5.8 1,584,525 5.7

Guelph – Types of private households

There were 48,115 private households3 in Guelph in 2011, a change of 7.6% from 2006. Of these, 28.6% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of -0.4% compared with five years earlier.

Table 10 Canada, Ontario, Guelph, CY – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type4 Guelph, CY Ontario Canada
number % number % number %
Total private households 48,115 100.0 4,887,505 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home5
13,755 28.6 1,402,420 28.7 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home6
13,300 27.6 1,408,120 28.8 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households7 5,025 10.4 535,825 11.0 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 12,755 26.5 1,230,980 25.2 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple family households8 875 1.8 128,660 2.6 268,060 2.0
Other households9 2,405 5.0 181,500 3.7 543,340 4.1

Guelph – Structural type of dwelling

In Guelph, 54.7% of private households lived in single-detached houses and 10.7% lived in apartments in buildings that have five or more storeys. The rest lived in other types of dwelling structures.

Table 11 Canada, Ontario, Guelph, CY – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling Guelph, CY Ontario Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 48,115 100.0 4,887,510 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 26,300 54.7 2,718,880 55.6 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 2,230 4.6 279,470 5.7 646,240 4.9
Row house 5,975 12.4 415,230 8.5 791,600 5.9
Apartment, building that has five or more storeys 5,155 10.7 789,975 16.2 1,234,770 9.3
Apartment, building that has fewer than five storeys 5,760 12.0 498,160 10.2 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 2,640 5.5 160,460 3.3 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house10 55 0.1 9,535 0.2 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling11 5 0.0 15,795 0.3 183,510 1.4

Language

Guelph, CY – Mother tongue

Chart J: Guelph, CY - Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home

Chart J description: Guelph, CY - Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home

Note: Counts for mother tongue as well as those for language spoken most often at home include single responses only.

In Guelph, 79.2% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 1.3% reported French only, and 18.1% reported a non-official language only, in 2011. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 68.2% for English only, 3.9% for French only and 25.7% for only non-official languages.

In 2011, 87.4% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 0.4% spoke only French and 9.5% spoke only a non-official language. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 79.0% for only English, 2.2% for only French and 14.4% for only a non-official language.

Table 12 Guelph, CY – Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home, 2011 Census
Selected languages Mother tongue Language spoken most often at home
number % number %
Total 121,085 100.0 121,080 100.0
English 95,850 79.2 105,845 87.4
French 1,605 1.3 505 0.4
Non-official language 21,885 18.1 11,455 9.5
Multiple responses 1,740 1.4 3,275 2.7
Table 13 Guelph, CY – Mother-tongue retention, 2011 Census
Mother tongue Mother-tongue retention12
(in percentage)
Total retention; language spoken at home at least on a regular basis Complete retention; language spoken most often at home Partial retention; language spoken at home on a regular basis
Note: Counts for mother tongue and home language include single response of a language as well as multiple responses of a language with English and/or French.
English 99.7 99.3 0.4
French 57.8 28.4 29.4
Non-official language 78.7 57.2 21.6

Guelph, CY – Non-official languages

In Guelph, the three most common mother tongues were Italian (2.1%), Vietnamese (1.3%) and Chinese, n.o.s. (1.1%), in 2011. In comparison, the most common mother tongues at the provincial / territorial level were Italian (2.1%), Chinese, n.o.s. (1.6%) and Cantonese (1.5%).

Table 14 Guelph, CY – The most common non-official-language mother tongues, 2011 Census
Mother tongue Number Percentage of non-official language mother-tongue population Percentage of total population
Note: Counts for mother tongue and home language include single response of a language as well as multiple responses of a language with English and/or French.
Italian 2,490 10.7 2.1
Vietnamese 1,520 6.5 1.3
Chinese, n.o.s. 1,370 5.9 1.1
Panjabi (Punjabi) 1,360 5.8 1.1
Polish 1,355 5.8 1.1

Guelph, CY – Bilingualism

Table 15 Guelph, CY – Rate of English-French bilingualism by mother tongue and age groups, 2011 Census
Age groups Mother tongue
Total English French Non-official language
Note: Counts for mother tongue include single responses only. Consequently, the total excludes multiple responses.
Total 8.4 7.7 91.0 5.1
0 to 19 9.5 9.1 90.2 8.1
20 to 44 10.1 9.9 94.7 4.9
45 to 64 6.8 5.2 90.9 4.9
65 and over 4.6 3.5 83.0 3.0
Table 16 Guelph, CY – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 121,085 100.0
English only 109,285 90.3
French only 50 0.0
English and French 10,355 8.6
Neither English nor French 1,395 1.2

Symbols:

···
not applicable
excludes census data for one or more incompletely enumerated Indian reserves or Indian settlements. For further information, refer to Notes.
incompletely enumerated Indian reserve or Indian settlement. For further information, refer to Notes.
A
adjusted figure due to boundary change. For further information, refer to Content considerations.
E
use with caution. For further information, refer to Cautionary note.


Source:

Statistics Canada. 2012. Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-310-XWE2011004. Ottawa, Ontario. Analytical products, 2011 Census. Last updated October 24, 2012.
 

Related data:

Date modified: