Population Distribution

 

Population Overview

Grey Bruce Health Unit serves a population of 161,977: 93,830 of whom live in Grey County and 68,147 of whom live in Bruce County.

Bruce County’s population has grown by 3.1% since 2011, while Grey County’s population has grown by 1.4% in the same period.

The most to least populated municipalities and Indian Reserves in Bruce County and Grey County are, in order:

Table: 2016 Population and Population Change by Municipality (in Descending Order of Population)

Geography

County

Total Population

% Population Change
2011 to 2016

Owen Sound (City)

Grey

21,341

-1.6

Saugeen Shores (Town)

Bruce

13,715

8.3

West Grey (Municipality)

Grey

12,518

1.9

Kincardine (Municipality)

Bruce

11,389

1.9

Meaford (Municipality)

Grey

10,991

-1

Georgian Bluffs (Township)

Grey

10,479

0.7

Grey Highlands (Municipality)

Grey

9,804

3

Brockton (Municipality)

Bruce

9,461

0.3

South Bruce Peninsula (Town)

Bruce

8,416

0

Hanover (Town)

Grey

7,688

2.6

Southgate (Township)

Grey

7,354

2.3

Huron-Kinloss (Township)

Bruce

7,069

4.1

The Blue Mountains (Town)

Grey

7,025

8.9

Arran-Elderslie (Municipality)

Bruce

6,803

-0.1

Chatsworth (Township)

Grey

6,630

3

South Bruce (Municipality)

Bruce

5,639

-0.8

Northern Bruce Peninsula (Municipality)

Bruce

3,999

6.8

Saugeen 29 (Reserve)

Bruce

1,041

43.4

Neyaashiinigmiing 27 (Reserve)

Bruce

615

-7.8

Chief’s Point No. 28 (Reserve)1

Bruce

0

-

1 Chief’s Point No. 28 is a new Indian Reserve, formerly part of South Bruce Peninsula.

 

Population Age Distribution

Grey Bruce census subdivisions (our municipalities, excluding first nation reserves) have various different age distributions. The mean (or average) age ranges from as low as 39.2 years in Southgate to as high as 54.8 years in Northern Bruce Peninsula (below). By comparison, the average age in both Ontario and Canada is 41.0 years.

Figure: 2016 Census Age Distribution by Grey Bruce Census Subdivision (in Ascending Order of Mean Age)

Population Age Distribution Graph

 

Table: 2016 Census Age Distribution by Grey Bruce Census Subdivision and Census Division (in Ascending Order of Mean Age)

 

 

% of Population
Aged 0 to 14

% of Population Aged
15 to 64

% of Population
Aged 65 and Over

Geography

Median Age

%

Count

%

Count

%

Count

Southgate

39.2

19.9

1460

66.1

4865

14.0

1030

South Bruce

40.8

18.1

1020

65.0

3665

16.9

955

Arran-Elderslie

41.3

19.7

1340

60.6

4125

19.6

1335

Chatsworth

43.1

16.8

1115

62.5

4145

20.7

1370

Brockton

43.3

16.8

1585

62.2

5880

21.1

1995

Huron-Kinloss

43.4

18.2

1285

59.1

4175

22.8

1615

Grey Highlands

43.9

16.4

1605

61.4

6020

22.2

2175

Kincardine

44.0

16.2

1845

61.8

7040

22.0

2505

West Grey

45.0

15.3

1910

61.6

7710

23.1

2895

Owen Sound

45.6

14.4

3075

60.6

12940

25.0

5325

Georgian Bluffs

45.6

13.9

1460

63.5

6655

22.6

2365

Saugeen Shores

45.7

14.4

1975

61.2

8390

24.5

3355

Hanover

45.9

15.4

1185

57.7

4435

26.9

2065

Meaford

47.9

12.9

1420

59.2

6505

27.9

3065

South Bruce Peninsula

49.3

12.2

1025

57.2

4815

30.5

2570

The Blue Mountains

51.8

9.3

655

57.3

4025

33.4

2345

Northern Bruce Peninsula

54.8

8.0

320

52.9

2115

39.0

1560

Bruce

44.8

15.8

10770

52.9

41305

39.0

16075

Grey

54.8

8.0

13890

52.9

57310

39.0

22630

Grey Bruce

             

 

Southgate has the highest proportion of children aged 0 to 14 at 19.9%, and Northern Bruce Peninsula has the lowest proportion, at 8.0%. Northern Bruce Peninsula, however, has the highest proportion of seniors aged 65 and over at 39.0%, and Southgate has the lowest proportion at 14.0%.

The three ‘youngest’ municipalities are Southgate, South Bruce and Arran-Elderslie, while the three ‘oldest’ are Northern Bruce Peninsula, The Blue Mountains, and South Bruce Peninsula.

In Canada, 16.6% of the population is under age 15, while 16.9% of the population is aged 65 or over. In Ontario, 16.4% of the population is under age 15, while 16.7% of the population is aged 65 or over. Nine of our 19 populated census subdivisions have percentages of children under age 15 that are at or above the Ontario rate. Sixteen of our 19 populated census subdivisions have percentages of seniors that are at or above the Ontario rate, and two of those (Northern Bruce Peninsula and The Blue Mountains) are at double or higher compared to the Ontario percentage.

 

Read the full report here: Census Release II

Sources:

Statistics Canada. 2017. Various Geographies. Census Profile. 2016 Census. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-316-X2016001. Ottawa. Released February 8, 2017. http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2016/dp-pd/prof/index.cfm?Lang=E (accessed May 5, 2017).