Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census subdivision of Colchester, Subd. B, SC - Nova Scotia 1

Map of Colchester, Subd. B, SC (shaded in green), Nova Scotia

Map of Colchester, Subd. B, SC

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Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A: Colchester, Subd. B, SC - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A description: Colchester, Subd. B, SC - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Prov. rank
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Nat. rank
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In 2011, Colchester, Subd. B (Subdivision of county municipality / Subdivision municipalitÚ de comtÚ) had a population of 19,643, representing a percentage change of 1.8% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.

Land area is 1,248.40 square kilometres with a population density of 15.7 persons per square kilometre. This compares to the provincial land area of 52,939.44 square kilometres with a population density of 17.4 persons per square kilometre.

In 2011, Colchester, Subd. B (Subdivision of county municipality / Subdivision municipalitÚ de comtÚ) had 8,047 private dwellings occupied by usual residents. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 3.8%. For Canada as a whole, the number of private dwellings occupied by usual residents increased 7.1%.

Colchester, Subd. B (Subdivision of county municipality / Subdivision municipalitÚ de comtÚ) is part of the census agglomeration of Truro.

Population and dwelling counts

Colchester, Subd. B (Subdivision of county municipality / Subdivision municipalitÚ de comtÚ) – Neighbouring census subdivisions

Table 1 Colchester, Subd. B (Subdivision of county municipality / Subdivision municipalitÚ de comtÚ) – Neighbouring census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2011 2006 % change
East Hants, N.S. MD 22,111 21,397 A 3.3
Colchester, Subd. C, N.S. SC 13,339 13,312 0.2
Truro, N.S. T 12,059 11,765 2.5
Colchester, Subd. A, N.S. SC 3,642 3,525 3.3
Cumberland, Subd. D, N.S. SC 4,266 4,454 -4.2
Pictou, Subd. A, N.S. SC 6,397 6,412 -0.2

Nova Scotia – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the highest population growth

Table 2 Nova Scotia – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the highest population growth, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2011 2006 % change
Antigonish, Subd. A SC 8,253 7,730 6.8
Kentville T 6,094 5,815 4.8
Halifax RGM 390,096 372,679 4.7
Bridgewater T 8,241 7,944 3.7
East Hants MD 22,111 21,397 A 3.3

Nova Scotia – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the lowest population growth

Table 3 Nova Scotia – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the lowest population growth, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2011 2006 % change
Inverness, Subd. A SC 5,280 5,859 -9.9
Digby MD 7,463 7,986 -6.5
Yarmouth T 6,761 7,162 -5.6
Clare MD 8,319 8,813 -5.6
Kings, Subd. D SC 5,201 5,499 -5.4

Age and sex

Colchester, Subd. B, SC – Age distribution

Table 4 Colchester, Subd. B, SC – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 16.7% 17.7% 15.7%
15 to 64 66.3% 66.2% 66.4%
65 and over 17.0% 16.1% 17.8%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Colchester, Subd. B, SC was 17.0%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 66.3% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 16.7%. In comparison, the national percentages were 68.5% for the population aged 15 to 64 and 16.7% for the population aged 0 to 14.

Colchester, Subd. B, SC – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 5 Colchester, Subd. B, SC – Population by broad age groups, sex and population change between 2006 and 2011, 2006 to 2011 censuses
Broad age groups by sex Population
2011 2006 change % change
Both sexes
Total 19,640 19,295 345 1.8
0 to 14 3,280 3,430 -150 -4.4
15 to 64 13,025 12,970 55 0.4
65 and over 3,335 2,900 435 15.0
Males
Total 9,575 9,460 115 1.2
0 to 14 1,695 1,730 -35 -2.0
15 to 64 6,340 6,405 -65 -1.0
65 and over 1,540 1,325 215 16.2
Females
Total 10,065 9,835 230 2.3
0 to 14 1,585 1,695 -110 -6.5
15 to 64 6,685 6,565 120 1.8
65 and over 1,795 1,575 220 14.0

Colchester, Subd. B, SC – Population by five-year age groups and sex

Table 6 Colchester, Subd. B, SC – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 19,640 9,575 10,065
0 to 4 years 975 525 450
5 to 9 years 1,055 530 525
10 to 14 years 1,250 635 610
15 to 19 years 1,350 720 635
20 to 24 years 1,020 510 505
25 to 29 years 820 385 445
30 to 34 years 955 420 530
35 to 39 years 1,200 540 660
40 to 44 years 1,430 695 735
45 to 49 years 1,680 825 860
50 to 54 years 1,625 795 830
55 to 59 years 1,570 765 810
60 to 64 years 1,370 690 680
65 to 69 years 1,170 595 575
70 to 74 years 825 395 435
75 to 79 years 605 285 320
80 to 84 years 380 165 220
85 years and over 355 105 250
Median age 44.2 43.8 44.6

Colchester, Subd. B, SC – Median age2 of the population

In 2011, the median age in Colchester, Subd. B, SC was 44.2 years. In comparison, the median age of Nova Scotia was 43.7 years.

Table 7 Canada, Nova Scotia and Colchester, Subd. B, SC – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
Nova Scotia 41.8 43.7
Colchester, Subd. B, SC 41.9 44.2

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families3 in Colchester, Subd. B was 6,005, which represents a change of 2.8% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In Colchester, Subd. B, 71.4% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 13.3% were common-law-couples and 15.3% were lone-parent families.

Colchester, Subd. B – Family structure

Table 8 Canada, Nova Scotia, CSD of Colchester, Subd. B, SC and neighbouring census subdivisions – Distribution of census families by family structure, 2011 Census
Geographic name Total families Married-couple families Common-law-couple families Lone-parent families % change, census families, 2006 to 2011
number % number % number %
Canada  9,389,695 6,293,950 67.0 1,567,905 16.7 1,527,840 16.3 5.5
Nova Scotia 270,065 184,870 68.5 38,460 14.2 46,735 17.3 1.0
Colchester, Subd. B, SC 6,005 4,285 71.4 800 13.3 920 15.3 2.8
East Hants, MD 6,800 4,905 72.1 1,005 14.8 885 13.0 3.3
Colchester, Subd. C, SC 4,210 2,945 70.0 645 15.3 620 14.7 2.8
Truro, T 3,225 1,990 61.7 525 16.3 710 22.0 0.0
Colchester, Subd. A, SC 1,135 825 72.7 160 14.1 145 12.8 1.8
Cumberland, Subd. D, SC 1,295 975 75.3 180 13.9 145 11.2 -1.9
Pictou, Subd. A, SC 2,070 1,585 76.6 265 12.8 225 10.9 1.7

Colchester, Subd. B – Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census subdivision of Colchester, Subd. B, 42.1% were couples with children aged 24 and under at home. In comparison, as a whole, 46.9% of couples in Canada had children aged 24 and under at home.

Presence of children within couple families
* Children aged 24 and under at home
Married couples with children * 1,800
Married couples without children * 2,485
Common-law-couples with children * 340
Common-law-couples without children * 460

Colchester, Subd. B – Marital status

In Colchester, Subd. B, 62.8% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (53.0%) or living with a common-law partner (9.8%).

The remaining 37.2% were not married and not living with a common-law partner, including those who were single (never-married), separated, divorced or widowed.

Note: Percentages may not total 100 percent due to random rounding.

Table 9 Canada, Nova Scotia, Colchester, Subd. B, SC – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status Colchester, Subd. B, SC Nova Scotia Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 16,365 100.0 783,510 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 10,285 62.8 453,095 57.8 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 8,680 53.0 376,020 48.0 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 1,605 9.8 77,075 9.8 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 6,080 37.2 330,420 42.2 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 3,700 22.6 209,180 26.7 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 525 3.2 23,545 3.0 698,245 2.5
Divorced 870 5.3 46,060 5.9 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 985 6.0 51,625 6.6 1,584,525 5.7

Colchester, Subd. B – Types of private households

There were 8,045 private households4 in Colchester, Subd. B in 2011, a change of 3.8% from 2006. Of these, 26.2% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of -9.1% compared with five years earlier.

Table 10 Canada, Nova Scotia, Colchester, Subd. B, SC – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type5 Colchester, Subd. B, SC Nova Scotia Canada
number % number % number %
Total private households 8,045 100.0 390,280 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home6
2,105 26.2 88,450 22.7 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home7
2,870 35.7 128,065 32.8 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households8 840 10.4 42,445 10.9 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 1,935 24.1 108,795 27.9 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple family households9 95 1.2 5,495 1.4 268,060 2.0
Other households10 205 2.5 17,030 4.4 543,340 4.1

Colchester, Subd. B – Structural type of dwelling

In Colchester, Subd. B, 76.3% of private households lived in single-detached houses and 0.0% lived in apartments in buildings that have five or more storeys. The rest lived in other types of dwelling structures.

Table 11 Canada, Nova Scotia, Colchester, Subd. B, SC – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling Colchester, Subd. B, SC Nova Scotia Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 8,045 100.0 390,280 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 6,135 76.3 260,435 66.7 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 175 2.2 19,450 5.0 646,240 4.9
Row house 180 2.2 9,175 2.4 791,600 5.9
Apartment, building that has five or more storeys 0 0.0 17,880 4.6 1,234,770 9.3
Apartment, building that has fewer than five storeys 585 7.3 56,485 14.5 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 190 2.4 11,970 3.1 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house11 25 0.3 705 0.2 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling12 765 9.5 14,175 3.6 183,510 1.4

Language

Colchester, Subd. B, SC – Mother tongue

Chart J: Colchester, Subd. B, SC - Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home

Chart J description: Colchester, Subd. B, SC - Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home

Note: Counts for mother tongue as well as those for language spoken most often at home include single responses only.

In Colchester, Subd. B, 96.6% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 1.1% reported French only, and 1.8% reported a non-official language only, in 2011. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 91.8% for English only, 3.4% for French only and 4.1% for only non-official languages.

In 2011, 98.7% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 0.3% spoke only French and 0.7% spoke only a non-official language. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 95.4% for only English, 1.8% for only French and 2.0% for only a non-official language.

Table 12 Colchester, Subd. B, SC – Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home, 2011 Census
Selected languages Mother tongue Language spoken most often at home
number % number %
Total 19,465 100.0 19,460 100.0
English 18,805 96.6 19,205 98.7
French 215 1.1 55 0.3
Non-official language 355 1.8 130 0.7
Multiple responses 90 0.5 75 0.4
Table 13 Colchester, Subd. B, SC – Mother-tongue retention, 2011 Census
Mother tongue Mother-tongue retention13
(in percentage)
Total retention; language spoken at home at least on a regular basis Complete retention; language spoken most often at home Partial retention; language spoken at home on a regular basis
Note: Counts for mother tongue and home language include single response of a language as well as multiple responses of a language with English and/or French.
English 99.9 99.8 0.0
French 44.2 19.2 25.0
Non-official language 65.4 40.7 24.7

Colchester, Subd. B, SC – Non-official languages

In Colchester, Subd. B, the three most common mother tongues were German (0.4%), Dutch (0.2%) and Arabic (0.2%), in 2011. In comparison, the most common mother tongues at the provincial / territorial level were Arabic (0.7%), Mi'kmaq (0.5%) and German (0.4%).

Table 14 Colchester, Subd. B, SC – The most common non-official-language mother tongues, 2011 Census
Mother tongue Number Percentage of non-official language mother-tongue population Percentage of total population
Note: Counts for mother tongue and home language include single response of a language as well as multiple responses of a language with English and/or French.
German 75 18.5 0.4
Dutch 35 8.6 0.2
Arabic 35 8.6 0.2
Chinese, n.o.s. 35 8.6 0.2
Urdu 20 4.9 0.1

Colchester, Subd. B, SC – Bilingualism

Table 15 Colchester, Subd. B, SC – Rate of English-French bilingualism by mother tongue and age groups, 2011 Census
Age groups Mother tongue
Total English French Non-official language
Note: Counts for mother tongue include single responses only. Consequently, the total excludes multiple responses.
Total 5.5 4.7 76.7 7.0
0 to 19 8.6 8.1 80.0 0.0
20 to 44 6.9 6.1 80.0 6.9
45 to 64 3.8 2.6 77.8 4.8
65 and over 2.7 1.3 63.6 7.7
Table 16 Colchester, Subd. B, SC – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 19,465 100.0
English only 18,345 94.2
French only 0 0.0
English and French 1,105 5.7
Neither English nor French 10 0.1

Symbols:

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not applicable
excludes census data for one or more incompletely enumerated Indian reserves or Indian settlements. For further information, refer to Notes.
incompletely enumerated Indian reserve or Indian settlement. For further information, refer to Notes.
A
adjusted figure due to boundary change. For further information, refer to Content considerations.
E
use with caution. For further information, refer to Cautionary note.


Source:

Statistics Canada. 2012. Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-310-XWE2011004. Ottawa, Ontario. Analytical products, 2011 Census. Last updated October 24, 2012.
 

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