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The counties of Perth and Huron are located in southwestern Ontario, bordering the southeast shore of Lake Huron. The area encompasses over 5,6000 square kilometers of land, including one city (Stratford), several townships and villages, and over 4,700 farms.

In the Canadian Index of Wellbeing table below, and the Community Profile Data Sets, you will find a sampling of community profile statistics from the most recent Census of Canada (2016). This demographic data helps to paint a picture of the geography and make-up of Perth and Huron, providing context for the wellbeing indicators on the rest of the myPerthHuron site.

Demographics Indicators

Category Indicator COUNTIES   REGIONS Ontario Canada
Perth Huron Rural West
Population Total population (in 000s for Regions, Ontario, and Canada) 76,769 59,297   2,006 2,810 13,449 35,152
Percentage of provincial population 0.6 0.4   14.9 20.9 - -
Percentage of provincial land area 0.2 0.4   83.4 3.9 - -
Age Median age in years 42.4 46.3   47.0 43.3 41.3 41.2
Percentage of population under 15 years of age 18.0 16.8   15.5 16.3 16.4 16.6
Percentage of population 50 years of age or older 40.9 46.0   46.4 41.4 38.2 38.5
Families Percentage of population 15 years of age or older that is married or living common-law 60.8 62.9   61.1 57.7 57.3 57.6
Percentage of families led by lone parent 13.1 11.0   14.8 16.9 17.1 16.4
Percentage of lone-parent families led by females 76.5 75.0   76.3 79.3 80.4 78.3
Households Average number of persons per family 3.0 2.9   2.8 2.9 2.9 2.9
Percentage of population that owns their homes 73.2 78.0   75.2 71.4 69.7 67.8
Language and Ethnicity Percentage of population with English as first language 89.5 91.3   87.1 82.5 69.5 58.1
Percentage of population with French as first language 0.6 0.8   6.8 2.0 4.3 21.4
Percentage of population with another language as first language 10.6 8.4   7.1 17.1 29.0 22.9
Percentage of population with knowledge of both English and French 4.0 2.7   12.3 6.5 11.2 17.9
Percentage of visible minority population 3.6 1.5   2.7 11.7 29.3 22.3
Percentage of population in private households with Aboriginal origins 2.4 2.5   9.3 4.1 3.9 6.2
Employment and Income a Percentage of labour force employed (employment rate) 67.0 61.0   55.3 58.1 61.4 62.0
Percentage of labour force unemployed (unemployment rate) 4.0 5.3   7.5 6.9 7.4 7.7
Percentage of labour force in long-term unemployment 2.4 3.2   4.4 3.9 4.3 4.4
After-tax median family income $76,364 $72,501   $71,780 $74,429 $79,531 $76,372

Data on employment drawn from the most recent Labour Force Survey rather than the 2016 Census of Canada.
Canadian Index of Wellbeing, University of Waterloo (July 2020) 
A Profile of Wellbeing in Perth and Huron Counties: Benchmarking Indicators of Wellbeing based on the CIW, Prepared for: Social Research and Planning Council operated by the United Way Perth Huron.

 

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