Households & Housing

wdt_ID Households # Percentage
1 Total private households 37,124 100
2
3 Single-detached house 19,285 50.58
4 Semi-detached house 1,440 4.03
5 Row house 5,465 15.28
6 Duplex 1,670 4.67
7 Apartment 5 or less storeys 7,175 20.07
8 Apartment 5+ storeys 265 0.74
9 Movable dwelling 420 1.17
10 Other single-attached house 30 0.08

Source: Statistics Canada, 2021 Census of Population

About 80% of Chilliwack households are located in urban or suburban areas. Housing development originated in Chilliwack proper, on the north side of the highway. Then growth spread south through the Sardis-Vedder corridor and up the hillsides, south of the highway. As much of Chilliwack’s land is protected and reserved for agricultural land, growth across the valley floor remains limited.

There are about 35,758 households in Chilliwack with an average household size of 2.6 persons. About 60% of households are one-family only households. About 61% have one to two persons, and the remaining 39% have three or more persons. About 36% of households have children at home.

About 70% of all properties in Chilliwack are owned, which is higher than the BC average. Of the existing housing stock, 50% are single family detached, 21% are apartments, and about 24% are semi-detached houses, townhouses, or duplexes.

There are about 8,000 rented dwellings in Chilliwack. Average monthly shelter cost for a one bedroom rental unit is $1,300 per month. For a three bedroom unit, average rent is $2,395 per month. There are about 10 subsidized developments for seniors or low income families in Chilliwack.  

Family Structure

wdt_ID Households #
1 Total private households 37,124
2 One-family-only households 21,480
3 Couple-family without children 9,295
4 Couple-family with children 9,150
5 One-parent-family households 3,040
6 Two-or-more-family households 1,305
7 One-person households 9,445

Source: Statistics Canada, 2021 Census of Population

Marital Status

wdt_ID Status #
1 Total population 15+ years 75,495
2 Married (and not separated) 37,045
3 Living common law 7,260
4 Single (never legally married) 19,195
5 Separated 2,345
6 Divorced 5,245
7 Widowed 4,400

Source: Statistics Canada, 2021 Census of Population

Languages

wdt_ID Language Population %
1 English 86,205 93.2%
2 German 260 0.28%
3 Punjabi 885 0.96%
4 Korean 340 0.37%
5 Chinese (All) 585 0.63%
6 Spanish 365 0.39%
7 Dutch 120 0.13%
8 French 205 0.22%
9 Vietnamese 335 0.36%
10 Romanian 110 0.09%

Canada is a bilingual country with English and French as the official languages. However, the primary language of the province of British Columbia is English. The data table above shows languages spoken at home in Chilliwack.

Ethnic Origin

wdt_ID Origin # %
1 Total Private Households 82,210 100%
2 North American Aboriginal origins 7,025 9%
3 Other North American origins 23,860 29%
4 European origins 66,685 81%
5 British Isles origins 41,440 50%
6 French origins 9,035 11%
7 Western European origins (except French) 28,335 34%
8 Dutch 11,425 14%
9 German 18,425 22%
10 Northern European (except British) 7,435 9%

Immigrant Population

wdt_ID Location NON-IMMIGRANTS IMMIGRANTS
1 Canada 27 million 8.3 million
2 British Columbia 3.3 million 1.4 million
3 Chilliwack 77,655 13,605

Population Growth

The city of Chilliwack has a 2021 population of approximately 100,580, including First Nation communities within city boundaries. Chilliwack has seen steady growth over the past five years, adding approximately 8,670 residents (9.4%) over this period, and a similar growth rate is expected over the next 5 years.

Chilliwack is the second-fastest growing CMA (Census Metropolitan Area) in Canada with a growth rate of 11.2 percent over the last census period (2016-2021).

Population by Age

The median age in the city of Chilliwack is 40.4, with over 80% of people under the age of 65. Chilliwack has a higher percentage of children up to 14 years at 19% compared to 14.3% in BC. Chilliwack's population of seniors aged 65 and over at 19% is comparable to the BC average at 20.3%.

Religion & Multiculturalism

wdt_ID Religion Chilliwack Population Chilliwack % BC Population BC %
1 Total Population (PRIVATE HOUSEHOLDS) 76,925 100 4,324,455 100
2 Buddhist 300 0.4% 90,620 2%
3 Christian 43,200 56.2% 1,930,415 45%
4 Anglican 2,885 3.8% 213,975 5%
5 Baptist 1,560 2.0% 91,575 2%
6 Catholic 9,500 12.3% 650,360 15%
7 Christian Orthodox 290 0.4% 39,845 1%
8 Lutheran 1,610 2.1% 71,470 2%
9 Pentecostal 1,880 2.4% 58,300 1%
10 Presbyterian 1,040 1.4% 44,635 1%

According to Statistics Canada, 2011 National Household Survey (NHS), 58.3% of the population in Chilliwack reported a religious affiliation, while 41.7% said they had no religious affiliation. For British Columbia as a whole, 55.9% of the population reported a religious affiliation, while
44.1% had no religion. The most frequently reported religious affiliation in Chilliwack was Christian, reported by 43,200 (56.2%) of the population, of which 12.3% were Catholic and 26.3% were other Christian. Other non-christian religions, including Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and Hindu, comprised
2.1% of Chilliwack’s population. In comparison, about 45% of the population in British Columbia reported following a Christian religion, while 12% of BC’s population reported following a non-christian religion.

Canada supports and promotes cultural and religious diversities. As such, Statistics Canada reports that there is substantial growth in diverse religions. Public schools in Canada are secular, although there are some private schools that operate under a particular faith. In public schools and other public facilities, Christian holidays, such as Christmas and Easter, are still regularly observed. Supporting multi-culturalism, public institutions and community organizations often also recognize celebrations such as Hanukkah, Chinese New Year, Diwali, Baisakhi, Vaisakhi, Robbie Burns Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Ramadan and many others.