Nearly 82,500 seniors ages 65 years and older were living in Simcoe Muskoka in 2011, making up 16% of the total population. As expected, high numbers of seniors live in the cities with the greatest overall populations—Barrie (16,440) and Orillia (6,380). Large populations of seniors also live in the municipalities of Innisfil, Wasaga Beach, Collingwood, Huntsville and Midland, which are known retirement communities.
In regards to the sex of the senior population in Simcoe Muskoka, in 2011, 45% of the population aged 65 and over are male and 55% are female. The percentage of females’ increases among seniors aged 85 and older. In both Simcoe County and Muskoka District, over two-thirds (67% and 69% respectively) of the population aged 85 and over are female.
By 2041, the population of seniors 65 years and older in Simcoe Muskoka is projected to surpass 218,800, which is more than double the number of seniors from 2011.
The chart below indicates that all senior age groups will increase in population. The largest increase will occur among the 90+ age group, which will increase by 346% from 4,345 in 2015 to 19,380 in 2041. The 65 to 69 year age group population is projected to decline starting around the year 2030 and by 2033, the population of the 70 to 74 year age group will surpass the 65 to 69 year age group population.