Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Population

Population by Age and Sex

*NEW: Dynamic Population Pyramids

Overall

By Age and Sex 2011

By Age and Sex 2015 & 2041

Overall

In 2011, the population of Simcoe Muskoka was older than Ontario’s overall population. In Simcoe County the median age was 41.8 years and 48.0 years in Muskoka District, whereas the median age in Ontario was 40.4 years.

The overall sex ratio in Simcoe Muskoka was 97 males for every 100 females. This compares with 95 males for every 100 females in Ontario.

By Age and Sex 2011

The population pyramid chart below depicts the age and sex distribution of the populations of Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario for the year 2011. By looking at whether the lines fall at the ends of the coloured bars (which would indicate no change), we can identify where there are changes in the age of the population between Simcoe Muskoka (coloured bars) and Ontario (black lines) in 2011.

The age-sex distribution of the 2011 Simcoe Muskoka population was mostly consistent with that of Ontario however, there are differences.

For example, we see a difference between Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario between the ages of 20 to 44. Adults aged 20 to 44 years accounted for 30% of the overall population of Simcoe Muskoka in 2011, compared to Ontario where the same age group accounted for 33% of the total population.

We can also see a difference in the population pyramid in the age group from 45 to 49; in 2011, 9% of Simcoe Muskoka’s total population and 8% of Ontario’s total population fell within this age range.

PopulationPyramidSimcoeMuskokaOntario2011

Population Changes in Age and Sex over Time

By Age and Sex 2015 & 2041

The population pyramid chart below depicts the age and sex distribution of the population of Simcoe Muskoka for the years 2015 and 2041; the year 2015 is depicted using coloured bars, and the year 2041 is depicted by solid black lines. By looking at whether the lines fall at the ends of the coloured bars (which would indicate no change), we can identify where there are changes in the age of the population over time.

As seen in the chart below, the largest population decreases will occur among those 15 to 29 years of age, and 45 to 64 years of age. Perhaps the most striking difference is among seniors 65 years and older; in 2015, the senior population accounted for 18% (or just over 99,100) of the total population; this age group is expected to increase to 30% of the total population in 2041. Overall, what this tells us is that we live in an aging population.

PopulationPyramidSM2011_2036

Dynamic Population Pyramids  

Watch how the population in Simcoe Muskoka changes from 2000 to 2041!

What is a population pyramid?  It is a chart that gives information about the proportion of males and females in a given age group. When we look at the changes in the population pyramid of a location over time, a story emerges about the past, present and future of the population in that location.

The story for Simcoe Muskoka presented here starts in 2000 with a beehive shaped pyramid. This tells us that there were low birth rates and that there was a large population who were of working age (15-59 years old). We see there are bars of equal length on both sides of the pyramid; this indicates that the sex ratio is balanced among males and females.

Now watch the Simcoe Muskoka population pyramid change from being wide in the middle in 2000 to increasingly top heavy by 2041—this indicates that we live in an aging society. Also by 2041, the pyramid shape changes to resemble a rectangle. This indicates that there is roughly an equal amount of young, middle aged and old people. Where that rectangle continues to the top of the chart this means that life-expectancy is high and the death rate low.

Therefore, the story for Simcoe Muskoka is that we live in an aging population.