Households & Housing

wdt_ID Households # Percentage
1 Total private households 44,365 100
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3 Single-detached house 25,495 56
4 Semi-detached house 1,655 4
5 Row house 5,935 14
6 Duplex 1,745 5
7 Apartment 5 or less storeys 7,580 19
8 Apartment 5+ storeys 290 1
9 Movable dwelling 1,625 1
10 Other single-attached house 45 .1

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 44,365 households in Chilliwack with an average household size of 2.5 persons. About 68% 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, 56% are single family detached, 19% are apartments, and about 23% are semi-detached houses, townhouses, or duplexes.

Family Structure

wdt_ID Households #
1 Total private households 44,365
2 One-family-only households 22,110
3 Couple-family without children 10,190
4 Couple-family with children 9,645
5 Lone-parent-family households 3,850
6 Two-or-more-family households 770
7 Non-census-family households 9,565

Source: Statistics Canada, 2021 Census of Population
This section will be updated as more Census data is released (July 2022).

Rental Housing

wdt_ID Tenure #
1 Total 44,365
2 Owner N/A until Census release - July 2022
3 Renter N/A until Census release - July 2022

Source: Statistics Canada, 2021 Census of Population

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.  

Marital Status

wdt_ID Status #
1 Total population 15+ years 67,880
2 Married (and not separated) 34,220
3 Living common law 6,250
4 Single (never legally married) 16,310
5 Separated 2,180
6 Divorced 4,710
7 Widowed 4,235

Source: Statistics Canada, 2021 Census of Population
This section will be updated as more Census data is released (July 2022).

Languages

wdt_ID Language Population %
1 English 78,510 95%
2 German 290 0.3%
3 Punjabi 305 0.4%
4 Korean 295 0.4%
5 Chinese (All) 420 0.5%
6 Spanish 255 0.3%
7 Dutch 150 0.2%
8 French 195 0.2%
9 Vietnamese 155 0.2%
10 Romanian 85 0.1%

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%

This table displays census data collected on ethnic origin as well as the top countries of immigration to Chilliwack.

Immigrant Population

wdt_ID Location NON-IMMIGRANTS IMMIGRANTS
1 Canada 26 million 8 million
2 British Columbia 3 million 1 million
3 Chilliwack 70,840 10,985

Total immigrant population in Chilliwack compared to British Columbia and Canada. 

Population Growth

The population of the city of Chilliwack is 93,203 with a growth rate of 11.2 percent over the last census period (2016-2021).  Chilliwack is the second-fastest growing CMA (Census Metropolitan Area) in Canada.

Population by Age

The median age in the City of Chilliwack is 42.4. Chilliwack has a higher percentage of children up to 14 years at 17.9% compared to 14.3% in BC. Chilliwack's population of seniors aged 65 and over at 21.3% 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.