Winnipeg Population 2016

705,244

The population of Winnipeg was recorded at 705,244 in the 2016 Canadian Census, and was recorded at 663,617 in the 2011 census. This is a change in population of 41,627, which is a growth rate of 1.22%.

Winnipeg is the capital and largest city of Manitoba, Canada. It is located where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers meet. At one point, Winnipeg was a trading center for Aboriginal people, and later become a French fort. Also known as the Gateway to the West with its international airport and role as a transportation hub, Winnipeg has an estimated 2014 population of 708,000, ranking 7th in Canada.

Winnipeg's population is estimated at 727,500 in 2016 [1], up from 663,617 during the 2011 Canadian Census. The Census Metropolis Area has an estimated population of 782,000, while the Province of Manitoba has a total population of 1.31 million. Winnipeg pulled ahead of Quebec City in 2012, claiming the title of the 7th largest city in Canada.

City Size and Population Density

The city proper has a population density of 1,430 people per square kilometer, or 3,700 people per square mile. The city covers a surface area of 464.33 square kilometers (179.27 square miles).

Winnipeg Demographics

Winnipeg was home to 663,617 people according to the census conducted in 2011. The city grew from 633,451 (4.8%) between 2006 and 2011.

This large Canadian city has an Aboriginal population, with about 11 percent making up the city’s population. With the average amount of Aboriginals being only 4.3 percent nationally, 11 percent is far from the norm for the rest of the country. Winnipeg has the largest percentage of Aboriginals of any major Canadian city, as well as the highest total number. However, the Aboriginals are not the only ethnicity to pepper this city, as there is also a large percentage of Filipino locals – making up 8.7 percent of the population. This is the largest percentage of Filipinos of any major Canadian city. Aside from the Aboriginal and Filipino communities, Winnipeg has over 45,000 locals called the Metis people – which are locals of mixed ethnicities.

Ethnic origins of Winnipeg residents:

  • English: 21.1%
  • Scottish: 16.4%
  • Canadian: 16.8%
  • German: 16.2%
  • Ukranian: 15.2%
  • Irish: 13.2%
  • French: 13.1%
  • Aboriginal: 11.7%
  • Filipino: 9.0%
  • Polish: 7.8%

Religion among Winnipeg Population

According to the National Household Survey in 2011, 64% of the population is Christian (30% Catholic, 8% United Church, 4.5% Anglican), 1.7% are Muslim, and 1.6% are Jewish. Other religious groups include Sikh (1.5%), Hindu (1%), Buddhist (1%), and Aboriginal spirituality (0.3%). 29% of the population had no religious affiliation.

Winnipeg History

With its large population count of Aboriginals, it is not surprising to learn the Aboriginals have a long history within Winnipeg. In fact, the original 18th century settlers were of Aboriginal descent. In 1873, the region was declared an official city, with an influx of people coming from all over to make a home in the budding metropolis. The railway helped establish more jobs and better transportation for the locals, making it a popular place to reside.

Because of this city’s unique positioning between two rivers – the Red River and the Assiniboine River – it became a popular place for river transportation via canoes. During earlier times, the area was mostly used for trading, fishing, agriculture and hunting. The rivers held vitals roles in all of these aspects, and made the ancient way of life possible. River transportation helped connect people to one another, particularly those from the north and south regions.

The city struggled with a stagnant economy after the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914, which gave traders the option to use the canal for trading instead of the trains running through Winnipeg. Other cities, such as Vancouver, were able to surpass this city’s standing as a busy hub for business. However, in 1989, redevelopment of the railroads was conducted, and the railways that were so valuable during the trading era became a popular tourist attraction. These railways were known as “The Forks”, and contributed to the success colonization of Winnipeg – giving people better transportation options and ways to trade with neighboring regions with ease.

Winnipeg Population Growth

This city has enjoyed a steady population growth throughout its history, with influxes generated mostly from immigrants from abroad. Experts predict the city to add another 12,000 to 13,000 new residents each year. Though the majority of this city’s growth rate has been stable, there were some dips in new arrivals around 2005. In 2006, the city again saw their population growing due to the influx of immigrants. In 2008, Winnipeg surpassed the national average of population growth – growing by 1.5 percent every year. The city has seen a stable growth rate ever since.

The estimated 2020 population of Winnipeg is 762,700, based on population predictions released by the City of Winnipeg. Another report from the city has Winnipeg surpassing 1 million residents in 2033.

Winnipeg Population 2016

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Avg. Age
39.9
Median Age
38.8

Age Count
0 to 439,205
5 to 940,205
10 to 1439,380
15 to 1943,190
20 to 2450,525
25 to 2952,180
30 to 3451,105
35 to 3947,940
40 to 4445,715
45 to 4945,255
50 to 5450,160
55 to 5947,995
60 to 6442,055
65 to 6935,520
70 to 7424,715
75 to 7918,215
80 to 8414,630
85 to 8910,260
90 to 945,315
95 to 991,435

Winnipeg Age Distribution

Marital Status

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Status Count %
Divorced35,8357.13%
Married268,77053.45%
Never Married183,19536.43%
Separated15,0753.00%

Winnipeg Basic Marriage Statistics

Spoken Language

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Language Count %
English614,00588.19%
French9800.14%
English and French70,24510.09%
Other11,0351.58%

Winnipeg Language Spoken

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Pay (annual) Count % of Total
< 10k76,22014.01%
10k to 19k82,79015.22%
20k to 29k77,15514.19%
30k to 39k71,64513.17%
40k to 49k63,52011.68%
50k to 59k47,6908.77%
60k to 69k34,2506.30%
70k to 79k25,0504.61%
80k to 89k19,7503.63%
90k to 99k12,5802.31%
> 100k33,2656.12%

$44,916

Avg. Income


$34,964

Median Income

Winnipeg Income Data

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Winnipeg Urban Area Population

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
2035936,5030.83%7,695
2034928,8080.84%7,736
2033921,0720.85%7,785
2032913,2870.87%7,838
2031905,4490.88%7,897
2030897,5520.89%7,956
2029889,5960.91%8,009
2028881,5870.92%8,049
2027873,5380.93%8,077
2026865,4610.94%8,094
2025857,3670.96%8,116
2024849,2510.97%8,143
2023841,1080.98%8,164
2022832,9440.99%8,173
2021824,7711.00%8,178
2020816,5931.01%8,174
2019808,4191.02%8,170
2018800,2491.30%10,234
2017790,0151.30%10,103
2016779,9121.30%9,974
2015769,9381.29%9,832
2014760,1061.29%9,707
2013750,3991.29%9,569
2012740,8301.30%9,474
2011731,3561.04%7,546
2010723,8101.00%7,174
2009716,6361.00%7,092
2008709,5441.00%7,041
2007702,5031.00%6,963
2006695,5400.59%4,066
2005691,4740.53%3,631
2004687,8430.53%3,622
2003684,2210.53%3,598
2002680,6230.53%3,579
2001677,0440.31%2,117
2000674,9270.28%1,907
1999673,0200.28%1,899
1998671,1210.28%1,895
1997669,2260.28%1,886
1996667,3400.21%1,421
1995665,9190.20%1,347
1994664,5720.20%1,344
1993663,2280.20%1,339
1992661,8890.20%1,340
1991660,5491.03%6,750
1990653,7991.10%7,108
1989646,6911.10%7,021
1988639,6701.10%6,963
1987632,7071.10%6,878
1986625,8291.42%8,772
1985617,0571.45%8,797
1984608,2601.45%8,695
1983599,5651.45%8,560
1982591,0051.45%8,437
1981582,5680.23%1,327
1980581,2410.13%744
1979580,4970.13%742
1978579,7550.13%741
1977579,0140.13%738
1976578,2761.27%7,233
1975571,0431.37%7,699
1974563,3441.37%7,596
1973555,7481.36%7,483
1972548,2651.37%7,402
1971540,8631.22%6,528
1970534,3351.21%6,382
1969527,9531.21%6,298
1968521,6551.21%6,238
1967515,4171.21%6,155
1966509,2621.33%6,683
1965502,5791.34%6,639
1964495,9401.34%6,569
1963489,3711.34%6,473
1962482,8981.34%6,388
1961476,5102.86%13,255
1960463,2553.01%13,526
1959449,7293.00%13,112
1958436,6173.00%12,731
1957423,8863.00%12,342
1956411,5443.01%12,016
1955399,5283.00%11,648
1954387,8803.00%11,310
1953376,5703.00%10,964
1952365,6063.01%10,675
1951354,9313.00%10,348
1950344,5830.00%

Winnipeg Population Data (Urban Area)

  1. Canada Census Data - Official Canadian Census Data.
  2. World Urbanization Prospects - United Nations population estimates and projections of major Urban Agglomerations

Sources