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Population and Household Counts

In 2016, the census population for Oxford County was 110,862, which was a 4.9% increase from 2011(1)

The following tables provide a summary of the population and household estimates for each municipality and village within the County of Oxford.

Population & Household Counts(2)

2016 Census

Municipality

Household Counts

Population(3)

City of Woodstock

17,151

40,902

Town of Tillsonburg

7,127

15,872

Town of Ingersoll

5,088

12,757

Township of Blandford-Blenheim

2,728

7,399

Township of East-Zorra Tavistock

2,703

7,129

Township of Norwich

3,712

11,001

Township of South-West Oxford

2,687

7,664

Township of Zorra

3,070

8,138

County of Oxford

44,266

110,862

Note:  For comparison, the forecasted 2021 population and household estimates for Oxford County from Watson and Associates 2014 are 112,810 and 46,500 respectively.

Sources: Statistics Canada Census, 2016 | Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. 2014

Population & Households – 2016 Village Estimates(4)

Municipality

Village

Total Number of Households

Population Estimate

Township of Blandford-Blenheim

Bright

156

437

Drumbo

348

974

Plattsville

574

1,607

Princeton

214

599

Township of East-Zorra Tavistock

Hickson

118

307

Innerkip

496

1,290

Tavistock

1,102

3,008

Township of Norwich

Burgessville

164

492

Norwich

1,289

3,892

Otterville

419

1,257

Oxford Centre

73

219

Springford

130

390

Township of South-West Oxford

Beachville 

343

995

Brownsville

179

519

Dereham Centre

21

61

Mount Elgin

208

603

Salford

71

206

Sweaburg

261

757

Township of Zorra

 Embro 306 826

Harrington

53

143

Kintore

50

135

Lakeside

115

311

Thamesford

900

2,430

 Source: Oxford County Community Planning Office

Notes:

  1. 2011 and 2016 populations uncorrected for census undercount.
  2. Household counts are private dwellings occupied by usual residents.
  3. Uncorrected for census undercount.
  4. Estimated by the Community Planning Office, based on number of dwelling units/households x average person per unit (PPU) for each area municipality.  PPU values were obtained from the Statistics Canada 2016 census profiles for each area municipality/census subdivision (CSD).

For more detailed information, view the Statistics Canada 2016 census profiles for Oxford County or contact Holly McClure at the Community Planning Office.

Journey-to-Work

The following tables are summaries of journey to work data for Oxford County at the census subdivision (CSD) level of geography.

The journey to work data was collected as part of the mandatory long form survey in 2006, and the voluntary National Household Survey (NHS) in 2011. Among other information, these surveys collected information on commuting flows between the place of residence and the place of work. These data are collected for persons aged 15 years and over in occupied private dwellings who worked at some time since Jan. 1, 2005 (for the 2006 Census) or since Jan. 1, 2010 (for the 2011 Census).

These tables represent a summary of the raw data supplied to the County and reflects the County’s interpretation of the raw data.  Users should be careful when comparing these summary tables as there were differences in how the data were collected.

2006 Journey-To-Work Summary Table

2011 Journey-To-Work Summary Table

For additional information, please refer to the following links:

Journey to Work Reference Guide, National Household Survey, 2011

Journey to Work Reference Guide, 2006 Census

Agricultural Land Uses in Oxford County

The total farmland area in Oxford County is 444,142 acres. Oxford County has 4.3% of Ontario’s croplands (up from 3.8% in 2011). The majority of farmland in Oxford County is predominantly 87% and, of that land in crops, corn makes up approximately half. Click on ‘Land in Crops’ to see a further breakdown of crop types in Oxford.

Source: Census of Agriculture, 2016

Farms by Industry Group in Oxford County

Oxford County has a total of 1,876 farms. The most prevalent farms of the 1,876 farms are oil seed and grain (38%), dairy cattle and milk production (16%), and beef cattle ranching and farming (8%).

Oxford County farms contribute significantly to Ontario’s agricultural industry. In Ontario’s dairy industry, Oxford contains 8.9% of the Province’s total dairy farms. Oxford County ranks as the 3rd County in Ontario in terms of number of total dairy operations and 3rd in terms of total milk production. The County also contains 2.3% of Ontario’s total beef cattle farms and 10.1% of Ontario’s total hog and pig farms.

Source: Census of Agriculture, 2016

AREA
MUNICIPALITY
LIVESTOCK
# Farms (%) 
CROP
# Farms (%)
TOTAL
Norwich 198
(46%)
233
(54%)
431
South-west
Oxford
192
(51%)
183
(49%)
375
Blandford
Blenheim
152
(45%)
186
(55%)
338
Zorra 255
(51%)
241
(49%)
496
East Zorra-
Tavistock
130
(55%)
106
(45%)
236
Oxford
County
927
(49%)
949
(51%)
1876

Farmland Tenure in Oxford County

Oxford County’s farmland is broken into five different tenure categories. Out of all farms within Oxford County (1,876), the vast majority of farms are owned (95%) with the next highest tenure being farms that are rented or leased (33.5%).

Note: Some farms may have reported multiple tenure types.

Source: Census of Agriculture, 2016

Gross Farm Receipts in Oxford County

This graphs shows the gross farm receipts of Oxford County farms, compared to the rest of Ontario’s gross farm receipts. As shown, gross farm receipts that range from $100,000 to $249,999 are the most common in Oxford County, with about 14% of Oxford’s farms falling within that range. The most common category for total gross farm receipts in Ontario is farms that gross under $10,000 annually. Oxford has almost double the number of farms grossing over $2,000,000 annually than the rest of Ontario (4.4% of Oxford’s farms to 2.5% of Ontario’s farms). Oxford had the 3rd highest gross farm receipts per farm, with an average of $485,490 in 2016.

Source: Census of Agriculture, 2016

Capital Value of Farms in Oxford County

In Oxford County, farm capital is very heavily weighted towards the upper categories of dollar value, with about 625 farms in the County claiming a capital value of $3,500,000 or more. The farms in this category make up 6.8% of Ontario’s total farms with a capital value of $3,500,000 or greater. In total, Oxford County has the 4th highest total farm capital value (e.g. land, buildings, machinery, and livestock) of all the Counties in Ontario. In 2016, the average Oxford County farm had a total capital value of $4.3 million.

Source: Census of Agriculture, 2016


The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has generated County Profiles based on data collected from the 2016 Census of Agriculture.

Oxford County at a Glance - 2016 is available here.

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