Demographics and Census

Research and demographic information is used to understand Richmond Hill residents and their characteristics, and to help plan for growth and new programs and services. There are many sources used to compile this information, much of it from government surveys.

Richmond Hill's Demographic Information

City-wide Demographic Information

The largest source of demographic information used by Richmond Hill comes from Statistics Canada and the Census Program. A Census Profile summarizes the information from each release of data from the Census and National Household Survey (NHS).

2016 City-wide Census Profiles
2011 City-wide Census and NHS Profiles

2006 Demographic Profile

Demographic information by ward

More detailed Ward Profiles are available that break down demographic information and statistics by each ward in Richmond Hill, and are based on the 2016 Census, 2011 Census and National Household Survey, and the 2006 Census.

2016 Ward Profiles
Previous Ward Profiles

For copies of the 2006 Ward Profiles, please contact planning@richmondhill.ca.

Other Demographic studies

Other studies have been undertaken to support various initiatives, including Richmond Hill's Strategic Plan and Official Plan.

Some of these studies include:

Key Facts

City-wide Statistics

The following is a summary of Key Facts for Richmond Hill, based on 2016 Census data:

Population: 195,022
Population Growth since 2011: 5.1%
Land Area: 101.11 sq. km
Most Common Dwelling Type: Single-detached House (58.7%)
Average Number of Persons per Dwelling Unit: 3.0
Average Value of Dwelling Unit: $994,031
Most Common Mother Tongue Languages: English (36.3%), Chinese (24.0%) and Persian (9.8%)
Most Common Ethnic Origins: Chinese (30.2%), Iranian (10.9%) and Italian (9.9%)
Most Common Religion: Christian (50.0%)
Population with a Bachelor Degree or Above: 51.1%
Employment Rate: 65.1%
Most Common Occupations: Sales and service (20.5%), Business, finance and administration (19.0%), Management (14.0%)
Average Household Income in 2015: $115,526

Population of Richmond Hill

Historic, current and projected population figures for the City are listed below:

Date

Population

1971

33,030

1976

35,376

1981

38,685

1986

48,590

1991

80,142

1996

101,725

2001

132,030

2006

162,704

2011

185,541

2016

195,022

2021 (Projected)

231,400*

2026 (Projected)

239,100*

2031 (Projected)

242,200*

Note: Current and historical population figures are based on Census data from Statistics Canada. Projected population levels (marked with an asterisk) are City-wide population forecasts from the York Region Official Plan and Richmond Hill Official Plan.

More Information

The City's Office of Economic Development also provides socio-economic information about Richmond Hill.

Additional statistical information is available as part of the background work for the Official Plan.