Yukon Population — How Many People are in Yukon?

The Yukon population is the lowest in Canada. It is the smallest and westernmost of Canada’s 3 Territories: Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon. A census conducted in 2011 showed that there were 33,897 people in Yukon.


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The Yukon population in 2014 increased to 37,000; an 11% increase from 2011. This growth rate is higher than the average for Canada. A greater percentage of these immigrants are from the Philippines and other Canadian territories. Let’s look at the current Yukon Population.

How Many People are in Yukon in 2021?

According to the 2021 statistics, there are about 42,986 People in Yukon. 

Here are the Yukon population estimates from 2012 to 2021 (10 years) 

YearNumber of People in Yukon
202142,986
2020 42,174
201942,362
201840,519
201739,610
201638,547
201537,690
201437,137
201336,521
201236,234

Yukon  has a total area of 482,443 square km and the population density is about 0.07 people per square km

Yukon’s capital and only city in Whitehorse. It is also the most densely populated city in Yukon with close to 80% of Yukon’s population living there. 

Aside from Dawson (the most populated town in Yukon) which has a total population of 1,300, other towns in Yukon have less than 1,000 people.

Municipalities in Yukon and Population.

Here are the towns and cities in Yukon and their recent population:

  • Carmacks Town          493
  • Dawson Town             1375
  • Faro Town                    348
  • Haines Junction          593
  • Mayo Town                 200
  • Teslin Town                 124
  • Watson Lake                790
  • Whitehorse City       25,085

Yukon Population Growth

The population in Whitehorse, Yukon’s Capital City was predicted to increase by 53,583 persons between 2016 and 2041. This is a 31.59% growth rate at a yearly average change of about 1.11%.

As the Yukon Population increases, more jobs in the government are being created for the residents. Yukon might be sparsely populated, but it’s a good place to live and a great tourist attraction.

All You Should Know About People in Yukon

Most people in Yukon are known for being hardworking and hospitable. Think of a small community where residents look out for each other, then you have a clear picture of Whitehorse.

Fortunately, all Yukon communities have access to good internet and broadband services. Most People in Yukon are multiracial. During our research visit to Yukon, it was difficult to get up to 50% of the residents with a single ethnic origin. 

Only about 40% of the Yukon inhabitants clearly stated that they are of an indigenous ethnic origin. Over 59% reported more than one ethnic origin. 80% of the Yukon population stated English as their mother tongue while 4% reported French as their mother tongue.

Yukon is not a religious territory as about 49.92% of the population identifies as irreligious. However, 46.14% of the Yukon population picked Christianity as their religion; 22% were Roman Catholics; 13% were members of The Anglican Church of Canada. Other religions include Buddhism (0.87%), Traditional Spirituality (1.19%), Sikhism (0.27), Islam (0.12%), Judaism (0.06%), Hinduism (0.5%).

Lastly, Yukon has more children and young adults than old people over 65 years old. In 2011, it was reported that only 9.1% of the Yukon Population were above 65. The average age of Yukon residents is 39.1 years.

9 Yukon Facts You Should Know

If you intend to visit or move into Yukon, you should know the following about this Canadian territory.

1. Yukon is the smallest Territory in Canada.

Yukon is the smallest territory in Canada 3 Territories: Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon. It is also the least populated territory in Canada.

2. People from Yukon are called Yukoners

Yukon residents are referred to as “Yukoners” or “Northerners”. A majority of Yukon inhabitants speak English while the minority speak French.

3.  The Yukon Quest

The Yukon Quest is a 1,000 miles sled dog race considered the hardest in the world. It is held every February between Fairbanks, Alaska, down to Whitehorse, Yukon.

4.  The origin of the name ‘Yukon’

“Yukon” originated from the native word “Yu-Kun-ah”, which translates to “great river”.

5.  75% of Yukon’s Population live in Whitehorse.

Over 75% of the Yukon Population resides in Whitehorse, the only city in Yukon.

6. Smallest Town in Yukon

By population, Teslin is the smallest town in Yukon with 124 people while the smallest by land area at 1.06 km2 is Mayo town.

Bannock and smoked salmon are the most popular cuisine in Yukon

8.  Yukon River Quest

This is the world’s longest Canoe race running through Whitehorse. It takes about 7-12 days to complete. The River quest starts from Whitehorse to Dawson City, Yukon.

9. Yukon Temperature

The lowest Yukon temperature ever recorded was -52.2 degrees Celsius, or -62 degrees Fahrenheit and it was in Whitehorse.

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