Huron County, Ontario

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Huron County
County (upper-tier)
County of Huron
Entering Huron County on Highway 21
Entering Huron County on Highway 21
Huron County's location in relation to Ontario
Huron County's location in relation to Ontario
Coordinates: 43°40′N 81°24′W / 43.667°N 81.400°W / 43.667; -81.400Coordinates: 43°40′N 81°24′W / 43.667°N 81.400°W / 43.667; -81.400
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
County seat Goderich
 • Land 3,399.27 km2 (1,312.47 sq mi)
Population (2016)[1]
 • Total 59,297
 • Density 17.4/km2 (45/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal code span N0G, N0M, N7A

Huron County is a county of the province of Ontario, Canada. It is located on the southeast shore of its namesake, Lake Huron, in the southwest part of the province. The county seat is Goderich, also the county's largest community.

The population reported in the 2016 Census for this predominantly agricultural area with many villages and small towns was 59,297 in a land area of 3,399 square kilometers.[1] Of the total population, 7,628 reside in Goderich.


What is now the county was originally the Huron District, which was constituted as the United Counties of Huron, Perth and Bruce in 1850.[2] The County of Perth was given its own Provisional Municipal Council at that time,[3] and was separated from the United Counties in 1853.[4] The United Counties was dissolved in 1867, with the separation of Bruce County, leaving Huron County on its own.[5]


The Huron County Council consists of fifteen members from the nine area municipalities to ensure that each is represented on this Council. Each year, a Warden is elected from the group; this individual chairs meetings and represents the County at various functions. In 2017, the Reeve was Ben Van Diepenbeek from the Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh ward.[6]

Most of the population of the county resides in the Huron—Bruce, formerly Huron and Huron—Middlesex, federal electoral district. The majority also reside in the Huron—Bruce (provincial electoral district) formerly known as Huron and Huron—Middlesex.

The County's Official Plan (2015) addresses the following issues: "agriculture, community services, the economy, natural environment, extractive resources, and settlement patterns." According to this document, agriculture is a particularly significant part of the economy since "Huron leads all counties and regions in Ontario in total value of production; and it also exceeds the production totals of several provinces".[7]




The boundaries of the county's municipalities have been in effect since 2001, after the provincial government imposed mergers throughout the province.


Huron County comprises a single Statistics Canada census division. The population has been quite stable in recent years.

Canada census – Huron County, Ontario community profile
2016 2011 2006
Population: 59,297 (0.3% from 2011) 59,100 (-0.4% from 2006) 59,325 (-0.6% from 2001)
Land area: 3,399.27 km2 (1,312.47 sq mi) 3,399.63 km2 (1,312.60 sq mi) 3,396.68 km2 (1,311.47 sq mi)
Population density: 17.4/km2 (45/sq mi) 17.4/km2 (45/sq mi) 17.5/km2 (45/sq mi)
Median age: 45.1 (M: 44, F: 46) 42.3 (M: 41.5, F: 43.1)
Total private dwellings: 28,369 28,049 26,922
Median household income:
References: 2016[8] 2011[9] 2006[10] earlier[11]

Historic populations:[11]

  • Population in 2001: 59,701
  • Population in 1996: 60,220


Former communities/ghost towns[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Census Profile, 2016 Census - Huron County, Ontario". StatsCan. StatsCan. 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  2. ^ An Act to divide the District of Huron, in the Province of Canada, and for other purposes therein mentioned, S.Prov.C. 1849, c. 96
  3. ^ 1849 Act, s. 3
  4. ^ An Act to authorize to Governor General to issue a Proclamation to declare the County of Perth to be separated from the United Counties of Huron, Perth and Bruce, and for other purposes therein mentioned, S.Prov.C. 1852, c. 31
  5. ^ "Proclamation". Canada Gazette. 25 (48): 4606. December 1, 1866. 
  6. ^ "Council". Huron County. Huron County. 2017. Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "Official Plan" (PDF). Huron County. Huron County. 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  8. ^ "2016 Community Profiles". Canada 2016 Census. Statistics Canada. February 21, 2017. Retrieved 2017-03-17. 
  9. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
  10. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
  11. ^ a b "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. 

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