Thursday, May 28, 2015

Canada is growing older

Here are some highlights from our last census for fun look at how Canada is changing.

• Number of seniors (age 65 and over) is nearly 5 million

• The number of seniors is at the highest rate ever in Canada

• The working-age population, aged 15-64, only grew by 5.7 per cent and account for 42 per cent of the total population

• The population of children under 14 only grew by 0.5 per cent

• The population of children under 4 increased a lot, by 11 per cent between 2006 and 2011

• The first baby boomers hit retirement age — 65 — in 2011

• The fastest-growing age group are 60-64 year-olds, at 29 per cent

• The second fastest-growing group are centenarians, those over 100.

• Saskatchewan had the highest fertility rate of all the provinces

• The working age population in Alberta encompasses 70 per cent of the overall population

• The oldest — cities — are Parksville, B.C., Elliot Lake, Ont., and Cobourg, Ont

• Cities with the highest proportion of working age population are: Wood Buffalo, Alta., Yellowknife, Strathmore, Alta., and Whitehorse

• 5,825 Canadians are over 100 years old

• There are 500 women centenarians for every 100 men

Saskatchewan has the highest rate of centenarians of all the provinces and territories

• The Calgary CMA has an equal gender split, 50-50

Wood Buffalo, Alta., is the manliest town in Canada, with 54.4 per cent of the overall population

Cobourg, Ont., is where the ladies are. It is the city under 100,000 with largest proportion of women, 53.6 per cent

• Nunavut is the youngest territory or province, with 32 per cent of the population under 14

The median age in Canada in May 2011 was 40.6

• The number of children aged four and under increased for the first time in 50 years

• Nearly two-thirds of all teenagers live in central Canada

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