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Household income 21%
Unemployment 32%
In labour force 6%
IndexOttawaOntarioNational
Median household income$92,579$80,925$76,211
Unemployment rate4.4%4.2%6.4%
In labour force68.0%61.7%63.9%

Key findings

  • The median household income in Ottawa is 21% higher than the national average
  • The unemployment rate in Ottawa is 32% lower than the national average
  • In Ottawa 7.0% of people earn $20,000 or less
  • In Ottawa 11.2% of people earn between $80,000 and $100,000
  • In Ottawa 4.5% of people earn $300,000 or more

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      am i middle class

      $Input your household income
      $61,713$92,579$185,158
      $53,944$80,925$161,851
      $50,802$76,211$152,423
      According to the PEW research center, the middle class is defined as a range from two thirds (2/3) of the median household income to a multiple of two (2) times the median household income. Displayed above are the city, state and national median household income averages. Simply enter your median household income to determine if your income falls into the middle class or if your household income is considered upper or lower class.

      Ottawa median earnings by income bracket

      Ottawa employment by industry

      Labour TypePercent
      Construction industry3.1%
      Manufacturing sector2.1%
      Financial & insurance services2.2%
      Wholesale & retail services8.5%
      Public administration13.7%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities2.1%
      Education, health & social services12.7%
      Other21.9%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      CityPopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Chelsea, QC7,067$125,95565%
      Cantley, QC11,469$119,03756%
      L'Ange-Gardien, QC5,867$98,75730%
      Gatineau, QC290,697$72,5825%
      Ottawa, ON1,019,693$92,57921%

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Edmonton, AB1,035,298$88,79717%
      Mississauga, ON783,782$88,38416%
      Winnipeg, MB771,081$73,5354%
      Brampton, ON691,957$94,18524%
      Vancouver, BC670,642$73,9463%
      Ottawa, ON1,019,693$92,57921%
      Source: The Ottawa, ON data and statistics displayed above are derived from Statistics Canada and updated for 2019 by Environics Analytics.