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Who will your neighbours be? What kind of home will you live in? Will your children receive they education they need to stay ahead in the world?  St. Thomas offers a wonderful blend of cultures, ethnic groups, Canadian open-mindedness, home styles and education choices that is second to none. You can create a lifestyle here that is unique to you and your family.

Here are some demographic, housing and education details that give you the full menu of what’s here.

Who Lives Here

Listed below are selected population characteristics for the City of  St. Thomas. These figures derived from 2011 Census data and are intended as an overview of community demographics.


January 2012 Population 37,905
2006 to 2011 population change % 5.0

Vital Statistics

Home Language

English 31,792 93.73%
Chinese (not otherwise stated) 26 0.08%
Croatian 32 0.09%
Flemish 26 0.08%
German 21 0.06%
Khmer (Cambodian) 21 0.06%
Persian (Farsi) 26 0.08%
Polish 78 0.23%
Vietnamese 26 0.08%
Multiple Response 1,753 5.17%
Other Languages 119 0.35%

Disposable & Discretionary Income

2011 Counts
Disposable Income per Household $51,401
Discretionary Income per Household (less food and shelter) $35,963

Family Characteristics

Total Private Dwellings 16,398
Husband/Wife Families 7,740
Lone Parent Families 1,707
Average No. of Persons per Family 2.9
Average Household Income $56,262
Average Family Income $65,715

Average Male Income $39,326
Average Male Employment Income (Full-time) $49,840
Average Female Income $23,170
Average Female Employment Income (Full-time) $32,823
Average Family Income $56,024

Average Household Expenditures

Food $6,883
Shelter $10,596
Clothing $2.206
Transportation $6,764
Health & Personal Care $2,137
Recreation, Reading, Education $3,804
Taxes & Securities $12,798
Other $9,657
Total Expenditures $54,845


Income Class 2007 % Total
Under $5,000 3,220 10.68%
$5,000 – $9,999 3,110 10.31%
$10,000 – $14,999 3,540 11.74%
$15,000 – $19,999 3,040 10.08%
$20,000 – $24,999 2,480 8.22%
$25,000 – $29,999 2,400 7.96%
$30,000 – $39,999 3,970 13.16%
$40,000 – $49,999 2,950 9.78%
Over $50,000 5,450 18.07%
Source: FP Markets – Canadian Demographics 2008

Housing Details

The St. Thomas and area housing market has experienced exceptional growth in recent years. This growth is the result of three key features;strong industrial growth, attractive housing prices, and a low cost of living.

St .Thomas continues a marketing campaign promoting ’25% more life’. The campaign is based on an average cost of housing, construction and cost of living figures that provide proof of lower costs of living in St. Thomas (an average of 25% lower, depending on variables measured).

Serviced residential lots remain available as well as plans for many more single residential lots in separate developments around the City.

The following information has been gathered from the London St. Thomas Association of Realtors (LSTAR), as it relates to the St. Thomas market.  Current market prices for four classes of housing in St. Thomas, based on the descriptions below, are shown in the accompanying table.

Average Housing Costs

2014 Average Housing Costs (CDN$) - St. Thomas/London

Purchase Price
Two-storey $334,694
Bungalow $189,975
Ranch $326,075
High Rise Apt./Condo $141,060
Source: London St. Thomas Association of Realtors, November 2014

Education Details

Education in the province of Ontario is governed by some of the highest standards in the world. Children may receive instructional education from Public School Boards, Separate (Catholic) School Boards, Private Schools, and home schooling.

The principal providers of education in St. Thomas are the Thames Valley District School Board (Public) and the London District Catholic School Board.

The table below indicates the level of education in St. Thomas for the portion of the population that is over 15 years of age. It is important to remember that a significant portion of the population with education consisting of Grades 9-13 ,without a certificate, are currently enrolled in secondary school but have not yet graduated.

Level of Schooling
Education Attainment Population
Population 15 yrs. + 25,043
Less than Grade 9 1,826
Grades 9-13 w/o certificate 5,328
Grades 9-13 with certificate 4,637
Trade Certificate/Diploma 3,489
Non-University w/o Diploma 2,027
Non-university with Diploma 4,842
University w/o Degree 911
University w/o Certificate 607
University with Degree 304
University with Certificate 874

St. Thomas is home to the new Algoma at St. Thomas University.  Algoma at St. Thomas is a unique learning opportunity for students who wish to learn their first two years of their Bachelor of Arts degree while living at home.  Unlike traditional programs Algoma at St. Thomas offers a “block” approach to learning.  You will learn in small supportive classes that afford you more time with your professors.  This progressive method allows you to focus on one course at a time.  Courses are taught in three-week blocks.  After one or two years you will continue your education at Algoma University’s main campus in Sault Ste. Marie.

In addition to Algoma UniversityThe University of Western Ontario and Fanshawe College there are no less than 15 post-secondary education institutions located with a 2-hour drive of St. Thomas.


Colleges Universities
Lambton College, Sarnia, ON University of Windsor, Windsor, ON
St. Clair College, Windsor, ON University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON
Conestoga College, Kitchener, ON Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON
Mohawk College, Hamilton, ON McMaster University, Hamilton, ON
Seneca College, Toronto, ON University of Guelph, Guelph, ON
Sheraton College, Toronto , ON Ryerson Polytechnic University, Toronto, ON
Humber College, Toronto , ON University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
York University, Toronto, ON
Algoma University, St. Thomas, ON