Oshawa Population 2021

402,453
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Oshawa's 2021 population is now estimated at 402,453. In 1950, the population of Oshawa was 47,944. Oshawa has grown by 3,994 since 2015, which represents a 1.00% annual change. These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Oshawa, which typically includes Oshawa's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Oshawa is a Canadian city located in Ontario along Lake Ontario. It is a part of the Greater Toronto Area, and is the largest city in the Regional Municipality of Durham - located in Canada.

Points of Interest

The city, according to the 2016 Canadian Census, had a population of 379,848. The city was incorporated in 1850 and has an interesting history. It was once known as the “Automotive Capital of Canada,” and is home to the General Motors of Canada headquarters. Now, the city is a leader in education and health sciences.

Oshawa City Size and Population Density

The total area of the city is over 903.69 square kilometers (348.91 square miles). The population density comes to about 420.6 residents per square kilometer (1,091 people living per square mile).

Population Demographics in Oshawa

Oshawa’s population is primarily European, comprising over 90% of the population. There are also other ethnic groups including Blacks, South Asians, and Chinese residing within this Canadian city. Almost 40% of the population are of Canadian descent, but there are also large numbers of people who have English, Scottish, Irish and French origins.

The median age of Oshawians is higher than the national average. The median age of the population in Oshawa is 40.1 years of age, while the overall Canadian population comes in with a median age of 36.7 years.

In terms of religions among the population of Oshawa, over 44% of residents identify as Protestant, with over 30% identifying as being Roman Catholic.

Over 86% of residents speak English as their native language, while 2.2% speak French.

Oshawa Population Growth Rate

The city of Oshawa has seen strong population growth throughout the years, particularly during the 1950s through 1970s. Through the early 1990s, the city saw double-digit growth every five years. However, that rate has slowed a bit in recent years, with a 6.6% population increase recorded between 2011 and 2016. The city’s thriving economy, educational opportunities, and employment opportunities – including being an ideal location for startups and tech businesses – indicate that the city of Oshawa will continue to post strong population growth at the time of its next Census.

Oshawa Population 2021

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
2035456,9860.83%3,755
2034453,2310.84%3,775
2033449,4560.85%3,799
2032445,6570.87%3,825
2031441,8320.88%3,853
2030437,9790.89%3,883
2029434,0960.91%3,908
2028430,1880.92%3,928
2027426,2600.93%3,942
2026422,3180.94%3,951
2025418,3670.96%3,962
2024414,4050.97%3,975
2023410,4300.98%3,986
2022406,4440.99%3,991
2021402,4531.00%3,994
2020398,4591.01%3,993
2019394,4661.02%3,991
2018390,4751.30%4,998
2017385,4771.30%4,934
2016380,5431.30%4,871
2015375,6721.29%4,802
2014370,8701.29%4,740
2013366,1301.29%4,673
2012361,4571.30%4,627
2011356,8301.48%5,192
2010351,6381.51%5,220
2009346,4181.50%5,136
2008341,2821.51%5,073
2007336,2091.51%4,991
2006331,2182.12%6,889
2005324,3292.21%7,014
2004317,3152.22%6,881
2003310,4342.21%6,723
2002303,7112.21%6,577
2001297,1342.00%5,818
2000291,3161.97%5,633
1999285,6831.97%5,515
1998280,1681.97%5,409
1997274,7591.97%5,298
1996269,4612.27%5,971
1995263,4902.31%5,943
1994257,5472.31%5,809
1993251,7382.30%5,671
1992246,0672.31%5,557
1991240,5103.28%7,637
1990232,8733.36%7,564
1989225,3093.35%7,308
1988218,0013.36%7,091
1987210,9103.36%6,851
1986204,0596.27%12,038
1985192,0216.51%11,729
1984180,2926.52%11,042
1983169,2506.51%10,352
1982158,8986.51%9,718
1981149,1802.23%3,259
1980145,9211.89%2,708
1979143,2131.89%2,653
1978140,5601.89%2,605
1977137,9551.89%2,553
1976135,4022.33%3,077
1975132,3252.36%3,054
1974129,2712.36%2,981
1973126,2902.36%2,909
1972123,3812.36%2,850
1971120,5313.91%4,533
1970115,9984.05%4,512
1969111,4864.04%4,331
1968107,1554.05%4,174
1967102,9814.05%4,006
196698,9754.05%3,851
196595,1244.04%3,695
196491,4294.05%3,562
196387,8674.05%3,418
196284,4494.05%3,285
196181,1644.83%3,740
196077,4244.91%3,627
195973,7974.91%3,453
195870,3444.91%3,292
195767,0524.90%3,133
195663,9194.91%2,994
195560,9254.91%2,851
195458,0744.91%2,717
195355,3574.90%2,587
195252,7704.91%2,472
195150,2984.91%2,354
195047,9440.00%

Oshawa Population Data (Urban Area)

Name 2021 Population 2021 Growth
Toronto6,254,5710.93%
Montreal4,247,4460.64%
Vancouver2,606,3510.98%
Calgary1,580,6592.14%
Edmonton1,491,0762.05%
Ottawa1,407,9281.07%
Quebec City831,7760.69%
Winnipeg824,7711.00%
Hamilton770,9760.56%
Kitchener570,6811.46%
London Ca511,3680.62%
St Catharines Niagara418,2930.54%
Halifax414,7770.51%
Oshawa402,4531.00%
Victoria389,9101.01%
Windsor337,6700.47%
Saskatoon331,0511.95%

Other Cities in Canada

  1. World Urbanization Prospects - United Nations population estimates and projections of major Urban Agglomerations

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