Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census agglomeration of Owen Sound, Ontario

Map of Owen Sound, CA (shaded in green), Ontario

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Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A: Owen Sound, CA - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A description: Owen Sound, CA - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Prov. rank
30
Nat. rank
85

In 2011, the population of Owen Sound census agglomeration (CA) was 32,092, representing a percentage change of -0.5% from 2006. This compares to the national growth of 5.9% and to the average growth among all CAs of 4.2%.

In Owen Sound, the land area is 628.58 square kilometres with a population density of 51.1 persons per square kilometre. This compares to the national land area of 8,965,121.42 square kilometres with a population density of 3.7 persons per square kilometre. The land area of all CAs is 232,264.62 square kilometres with 18.56 persons per square kilometre.

In total, there were 13,695 private dwellings occupied by usual residents in Owen Sound in 2011. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 2.1%. For Canada as a whole, the number of private dwellings occupied by usual residents increased 7.1%.

Population and dwelling counts

Census subdivisions in the Owen Sound CA

Table 1 Owen Sound CA – Census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name Type Population
2011 2006 % change
Owen Sound CY 21,688 21,753 -0.3
Georgian Bluffs TP 10,404 10,506 -1.0

Census metropolitan areas (CMAs) or census agglomerations (CAs) in Ontario

Table 2 Ontario – Metropolitan areas, population rank and population change, 2006 to 2011
CMA or CA name Type Population Rank
2011 2006 % change Nat. Prov.
Toronto CMA 5,583,064 5,113,149 9.2 1 1
Ottawa - Gatineau CMA 1,236,324 1,133,633 A 9.1 4 ···
Ottawa - Gatineau (partie du Qubec / Quebec part)   314,501 286,831 A 9.6 ··· 3
Ottawa - Gatineau (Ontario part / partie de l'Ontario)   921,823 846,802 8.9 ··· 2
Hamilton CMA 721,053 692,911 4.1 9 3
Kitchener - Cambridge - Waterloo CMA 477,160 451,235 5.7 10 4
London CMA 474,786 457,720 3.7 11 5
St. Catharines - Niagara CMA 392,184 390,317 0.5 12 6
Oshawa CMA 356,177 330,594 7.7 14 7
Windsor CMA 319,246 323,342 -1.3 16 8
Barrie CMA 187,013 177,061 5.6 21 9
Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury CMA 160,770 158,258 1.6 24 10
Kingston CMA 159,561 152,358 4.7 25 11
Guelph CMA 141,097 133,698 A 5.5 28 12
Brantford CMA 135,501 124,607 8.7 30 13
Thunder Bay CMA 121,596 122,907 -1.1 32 14
Peterborough CMA 118,975 116,570 2.1 33 15
Chatham-Kent CA 104,075 108,589 -4.2 35 16
Belleville CA 92,540 91,518 1.1 40 17
Sarnia CA 89,555 88,793 0.9 44 18
Sault Ste. Marie  CA 79,800 80,098 -0.4 47 19
Kawartha Lakes CA 73,214 74,561 -1.8 49 20
North Bay CA 64,043 63,424 1.0 53 21
Norfolk CA 63,175 62,563 1.0 54 22
Cornwall CA 58,957 58,485 0.8 55 23
Leamington CA 49,765 49,741 0.0 63 24
Timmins CA 43,165 42,997 0.4 69 25
Orillia CA 40,731 40,532 0.5 73 26
Brockville CA 39,024 39,668 -1.6 75 27
Woodstock CA 37,754 35,822 A 5.4 76 28
Midland CA 35,419 35,432 A 0.0 79 29
Owen Sound CA 32,092 32,259 -0.5 85 30
Stratford CA 30,886 30,516 A 1.2 86 31
Centre Wellington CA 26,693 26,049 2.5 95 32
Pembroke CA 24,017 23,195 3.5 102 33
Collingwood CA 19,241 17,290 11.3 106 34
Cobourg CA 18,519 18,210 1.7 109 35
Port Hope CA 16,214 16,390 -1.1 121 36
Petawawa CA 15,988 14,651 9.1 123 37
Kenora CA 15,348 15,177 1.1 125 38
Tillsonburg CA 15,301 14,822 3.2 126 39
Temiskaming Shores CA 13,566 13,654 A -0.6 129 40
Ingersoll CA 12,146 11,760 3.3 142 41
Hawkesbury CA 12,128 12,267 -1.1 143 ···
Hawkesbury (partie du Qubec / Quebec part)   1,577 1,398 12.8 ··· 31
Hawkesbury (Ontario part / partie de l'Ontario)   10,551 10,869 -2.9 ··· 43
Elliot Lake CA 11,348 11,549 -1.7 146 42

Age and sex

Owen Sound – Age distribution

Table 3 Owen Sound – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 14.3% 15.4% 13.2%
15 to 64 64.6% 65.6% 63.8%
65 and over 21.1% 19.0% 23.0%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Owen Sound was 21.1%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 64.6% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 14.3%. 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.

Owen Sound – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 4 Owen Sound – Population by broad age groups and 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 32,095 32,260 -165 -0.5
0 to 14 4,585 5,080 -495 -9.7
15 to 64 20,745 21,110 -365 -1.7
65 and over 6,760 6,070 690 11.4
Males
Total 15,410 15,470 -60 -0.4
0 to 14 2,380 2,630 -250 -9.5
15 to 64 10,105 10,285 -180 -1.8
65 and over 2,925 2,550 375 14.7
Females
Total 16,680 16,790 -110 -0.7
0 to 14 2,205 2,445 -240 -9.8
15 to 64 10,645 10,820 -175 -1.6
65 and over 3,835 3,520 315 8.9

Owen Sound – Population by five-year age groups and sex

Table 5 Owen Sound – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 32,095 15,410 16,680
0 to 4 years 1,415 730 690
5 to 9 years 1,490 770 715
10 to 14 years 1,675 880 800
15 to 19 years 2,020 1,005 1,015
20 to 24 years 1,925 970 955
25 to 29 years 1,635 815 820
30 to 34 years 1,560 740 820
35 to 39 years 1,615 795 820
40 to 44 years 1,800 885 920
45 to 49 years 2,405 1,170 1,235
50 to 54 years 2,715 1,300 1,415
55 to 59 years 2,650 1,265 1,390
60 to 64 years 2,425 1,165 1,260
65 to 69 years 1,905 920 985
70 to 74 years 1,430 660 770
75 to 79 years 1,325 615 715
80 to 84 years 1,080 445 635
85 to 89 years 655 200 455
90 to 94 years 290 75 215
95 to 99 years 60 20 45
100 years and over 10 0 10
Median age 47.0 45.6 48.1

Owen Sound – Median age1 of the population

The median age in Owen Sound was 47 years. In comparison, the median age of Ontario was 40.4 years.

Table 6 Canada, Ontario and Owen Sound – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
Ontario 39.0 40.4
Owen Sound 44.1 47.0

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families2 in Owen Sound was 9,360, which represents a change of 0.3% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In Owen Sound, 71.6% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 13.2% were common-law-couples and 15.2% were lone-parent families.

Owen Sound – Family structure

Table 7 Canada, Ontario, Owen Sound – 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
Ontario  3,612,205 2,612,890 72.3 394,670 10.9 604,645 16.7 5.5
Owen Sound 9,360 6,700 71.6 1,240 13.2 1,420 15.2 0.3

Owen Sound – Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census agglomeration of Owen Sound, 38.9% 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.

Among couples with children aged 24 and under at home in the census agglomeration of Owen Sound, 83.7% were intact families, that is, in which all children were the biological or adopted children of both parents, while 16.3% were stepfamilies, in which there was at least one child was the biological or adopted child of only one married spouse or common-law partner. For Canada as a whole in 2011, 12.6% of couples with children aged 24 and under were stepfamilies.

Owen Sound – Marital status

In Owen Sound, 58.7% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (49.6%) or living with a common-law partner (9.0%).

The remaining 41.3% 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 8 Canada, Ontario, Owen Sound – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status Owen Sound Ontario Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 27,510 100.0 10,671,050 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 16,145 58.7 6,158,605 57.7 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 13,655 49.6 5,367,400 50.3 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 2,485 9.0 791,210 7.4 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 11,365 41.3 4,512,440 42.3 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 6,315 23.0 2,985,020 28.0 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 945 3.4 319,805 3.0 698,245 2.5
Divorced 1,825 6.6 593,730 5.6 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 2,280 8.3 613,880 5.8 1,584,525 5.7

Owen Sound – Types of private households

There were 13,695 private households3 in Owen Sound in 2011, a change of 2.1% from 2006. Of these, 22.2% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of -9.9% compared with five years earlier.

Table 9 Canada, Ontario, Owen Sound – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type4 Owen Sound Ontario Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Private households 13,695 100.0 4,887,505 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home5
3,035 22.2 1,402,420 28.7 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home6
4,725 34.5 1,408,120 28.8 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households7 1,345 9.8 535,825 11.0 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 4,115 30.0 1,230,980 25.2 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple-family households8 130 0.9 128,660 2.6 268,060 2.0
Other households9 350 2.6 181,500 3.7 543,340 4.1

Owen Sound – Structural type of dwelling

In Owen Sound, 64.6% of private households lived in single-detached houses and 5.1% lived in apartments in buildings that have five or more storeys. The rest lived in other types of dwelling structures.

Table 10 Canada, Ontario, Owen Sound – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling Owen Sound Ontario Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 13,695 100.0 4,887,510 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 8,845 64.6 2,718,880 55.6 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 435 3.2 279,470 5.7 646,240 4.9
Row house 640 4.7 415,230 8.5 791,600 5.9
Apartment, building that has five or more storeys 695 5.1 789,975 16.2 1,234,770 9.3
Apartment, building that has fewer than five storeys 2,640 19.3 498,160 10.2 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 260 1.9 160,460 3.3 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house10 30 0.2 9,535 0.2 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling11 155 1.1 15,795 0.3 183,510 1.4

Language

Owen Sound – Mother tongue

Chart J: Owen Sound - Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home

Chart J description: Owen Sound - 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 Owen Sound, 94.8% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 0.9% reported French only, and 3.7% reported only a non-official language, in 2011. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 68.2% for English only, 3.9% for French only and 25.7% for only non-official languages.

In 2011, 98.4% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 0.2% spoke only French and 0.9% spoke only a non-official language. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 79.0% for English only, 2.2% for French only and 14.4% for only a non-official language.

Table 11 Owen Sound – Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home, 2011 Census
Selected languages Mother tongue Language spoken most often at home
number % number %
Total 31,245 100.0 31,245 100.0
English 29,635 94.8 30,745 98.4
French 290 0.9 60 0.2
Non-official language 1,170 3.7 290 0.9
Multiple responses 145 0.5 150 0.5
Table 12 Owen Sound – Mother-tongue retention, 2011 Census
Mother tongue Mother-tongue retention12
(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 99.9 0.0
French 45.1 19.7 25.4
Non-official language 56.5 30.0 26.5

Owen Sound – Non-official languages

In Owen Sound, the three most common mother tongues were German (1.0%), Dutch (0.8%) and Chinese, n.o.s. (0.2%), in 2011. In comparison, the most common mother tongues at the provincial / territorial level were Italian (2.1%), Chinese, n.o.s. (1.6%) and Cantonese (1.5%).

Table 13 Owen Sound – 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 300 23.7 1.0
Dutch 260 20.6 0.8
Chinese, n.o.s. 50 4.0 0.2
Korean 45 3.6 0.1
Hungarian 40 3.2 0.1

Owen Sound – Bilingualism

Table 14 Owen Sound – 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 86.2 6.0
0 to 19 9.2 8.7 85.7 13.6
20 to 44 6.8 6.0 93.3 8.7
45 to 64 3.7 2.6 84.0 6.1
65 and over 2.7 1.8 83.3 2.4
Table 15 Owen Sound – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 31,240 100.0
English only 29,435 94.2
French only 10 0.0
English and French 1,770 5.7
Neither English nor French 30 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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