Perth County, Ontario

For the town in Lanark County, Ontario see Perth, Ontario.
Perth County
County (upper-tier)
County of Perth


Location of Perth County
Coordinates: 43°30′N 81°05′W / 43.500°N 81.083°W / 43.500; -81.083Coordinates: 43°30′N 81°05′W / 43.500°N 81.083°W / 43.500; -81.083
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
Formed 1850
County seat Stratford
  Land 2,179.03 km2 (841.33 sq mi)
Elevation 394 m (1,293 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
  Total 37,571
  Density 17.2/km2 (45/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
  Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Area code(s) 519 and 226
Perth County Courthouse, situated in Stratford Ontario

Perth County is a county of the Canadian province of Ontario, and is located in Southwestern Ontario, 100 kilometres (62 mi) west of Toronto. The county seat is at Stratford, which is separated from the county but within its geographic boundary. According to the 2011 census, the population of Perth County was 37,571.


The county includes:

The City of Stratford and Town of St. Marys are part of the Perth census division, but are separated from the county.

Historic townships

Perth County, area 524,571 acres (820 sq mi; 2,123 km2), was mainly settled through the agency of the Canada Company which opened a road from the site of Stratford to Goderich. It was officially created in January 1850 out of the former Huron and Wellington Districts and had 11 original townships:[2][3]

Over time, four additional towns were incorporated as urban municipalities: St. Marys, Mitchell, Listowel and Milverton. On January 1, 1998, the county was restructured by reducing fourteen municipalities to four. Only the City of Stratford and the Town of St. Marys were unaffected.[3]


Historic population:

Figures below are for the Perth census division, which combines Perth County, the City of Stratford and the Town of St. Marys.

Canada census – Perth County, Ontario community profile
2011 2006 2001
Population: 75,112 (1.0% from 2006) 74,344 (0.9% from 2001) 73,675 (2.2% from 1996)
Land area: 2,218.46 km2 (856.55 sq mi) 2,218.41 km2 (856.53 sq mi) 2,218.41 km2 (856.53 sq mi)
Population density: 33.9/km2 (88/sq mi) 33.5/km2 (87/sq mi) 33.2/km2 (86/sq mi)
Median age: 39.3 (M: 37.8, F: 40.7) 37.2 (M: 35.9, F: 38.3)
Total private dwellings: 30,631 29,707 28,379
Median household income:
References: 2011[4] 2006[5] 2001[6]




See also


  1. 1 2 "Perth County census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
  2. Jesse Edgar Middleton & Fred Landon, Province of Ontario—A History 1615 to 1927, 1927, Dominion Publishing Company, Toronto
  3. 1 2 "About Perth County". County of Perth. Retrieved 2011-01-31.
  4. "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
  5. "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
  6. "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
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