Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census agglomeration of Brooks, Alberta

Map of Brooks, CA (shaded in green), Alberta

Map of Brooks, Alberta

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Prov. rank

9

Nat. rank

103

In 2011, the population of Brooks census agglomeration (CA) was 23,430, representing a percentage change of 4.4% from 2006. This compares to the national growth of 5.9% and to the average growth among all CAs of 4.2%.

In Brooks, the land area is 5,931.20 square kilometres with a population density of 4.0 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 8,425 private dwellings occupied by usual residents in Brooks in 2011. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 3.3%. 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 Brooks CA

Table 1 Brooks CA – Census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name Type Population
2011 2006 % change
Brooks CY 13,676 12,508 A 9.3
Newell County No. 4 MD 6,786 6,852 A -1.0
Bassano T 1,282 1,345 -4.7
Duchess VL 992 978 1.4
Tilley VL 352 381 -7.6
Rosemary VL 342 388 -11.9

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

Table 2 Alberta – Metropolitan areas, population rank and population change, 2006 to 2011
CMA or CA name Type Population Rank
2011 2006 % change Nat. Prov.
Calgary CMA 1,214,839 1,079,310 12.6 5 1
Edmonton CMA 1,159,869 1,034,945 12.1 6 2
Lethbridge CA 105,999 95,196 11.3 34 3
Red Deer CA 90,564 83,154 A 8.9 43 4
Medicine Hat CA 72,807 68,822 5.8 50 5
Wood Buffalo CA 66,896 52,643 27.1 51 6
Grande Prairie CA 55,032 47,107 A 16.8 59 7
Lloydminster CA 30,798 27,023 14.0 87 ···
Lloydminster (Saskatchewan part / partie de la Saskatchewan)   12,766 11,113 14.9 ··· 9
Lloydminster (Alberta part / partie de l'Alberta)   18,032 15,910 13.3 ··· 10
Okotoks CA 24,511 17,150 A 42.9 101 8
Brooks CA 23,430 22,452 4.4 103 9
Camrose CA 17,286 15,630 A 10.6 117 11
Cold Lake CA 13,839 11,991 15.4 127 12
High River CA 12,920 10,716 A 20.6 134 13
Sylvan Lake CA 12,762 10,703 A 19.2 136 14
Wetaskiwin CA 12,525 11,689 A 7.2 138 15
Strathmore CA 12,305 10,280 A 19.7 140 16
Canmore CA 12,288 12,039 2.1 141 17
Lacombe CA 11,707 10,752 A 8.9 144 18

Age and sex

Brooks – Age distribution

Table 3 Brooks – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 22.0% 21.2% 22.8%
15 to 64 68.1% 70.0% 66.0%
65 and over 10.0% 8.9% 11.2%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Brooks was 10.0%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 68.1% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 22.0%. 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.

Brooks – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 4 Brooks – 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 23,430 22,455 975 4.3
0 to 14 5,145 4,925 220 4.5
15 to 64 15,945 15,570 375 2.4
65 and over 2,335 1,960 375 19.1
Males
Total 12,145 11,775 370 3.1
0 to 14 2,570 2,545 25 1.0
15 to 64 8,500 8,345 155 1.9
65 and over 1,075 880 195 22.2
Females
Total 11,285 10,680 605 5.7
0 to 14 2,575 2,380 195 8.2
15 to 64 7,450 7,220 230 3.2
65 and over 1,260 1,075 185 17.2

Brooks – Population by five-year age groups and sex

Table 5 Brooks – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 23,430 12,145 11,285
0 to 4 years 1,900 950 950
5 to 9 years 1,610 805 805
10 to 14 years 1,635 820 820
15 to 19 years 1,555 815 740
20 to 24 years 1,345 690 655
25 to 29 years 1,745 880 865
30 to 34 years 1,975 1,075 895
35 to 39 years 1,845 1,070 775
40 to 44 years 1,755 950 805
45 to 49 years 1,630 845 785
50 to 54 years 1,670 895 770
55 to 59 years 1,350 715 640
60 to 64 years 1,080 550 525
65 to 69 years 775 385 395
70 to 74 years 505 255 250
75 to 79 years 400 190 205
80 to 84 years 320 140 175
85 to 89 years 215 70 145
90 to 94 years 105 30 75
95 to 99 years 20 5 15
100 years and over 5 0 0
Median age 34.9 35.2 34.5

Brooks – Median age1 of the population

The median age in Brooks was 34.9 years. In comparison, the median age of Alberta was 36.5 years.

Table 6 Canada, Alberta and Brooks – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
Alberta 36.0 36.5
Brooks 32.9 34.9

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families2 in Brooks was 6,365, which represents a change of 5.3% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In Brooks, 73.9% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 13.7% were common-law-couples and 12.4% were lone-parent families.

Brooks – Family structure

Table 7 Canada, Alberta, Brooks – 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
Alberta  999,525 719,355 72.0 135,660 13.6 144,510 14.5 10.5
Brooks 6,365 4,705 73.9 875 13.7 790 12.4 5.3

Brooks – Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census agglomeration of Brooks, 50.4% 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 Brooks, 87.0% were intact families, that is, in which all children were the biological or adopted children of both parents, while 13.0% 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.

Brooks – Marital status

In Brooks, 64.5% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (54.9%) or living with a common-law partner (9.6%).

The remaining 35.5% 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, Alberta, Brooks – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status Brooks Alberta Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 18,285 100.0 2,960,470 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 11,790 64.5 1,756,860 59.3 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 10,035 54.9 1,484,705 50.2 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 1,755 9.6 272,155 9.2 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 6,495 35.5 1,203,615 40.7 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 4,355 23.8 823,935 27.8 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 440 2.4 70,855 2.4 698,245 2.5
Divorced 895 4.9 177,375 6.0 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 805 4.4 131,440 4.4 1,584,525 5.7

Brooks – Types of private households

There were 8,425 private households3 in Brooks in 2011, a change of 3.3% from 2006. Of these, 32.6% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of 1.1% compared with five years earlier.

Table 9 Canada, Alberta, Brooks – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type4 Brooks Alberta Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Private households 8,425 100.0 1,390,275 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home5
2,750 32.6 407,145 29.3 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home6
2,605 30.9 406,380 29.2 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households7 700 8.3 128,330 9.2 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 1,780 21.1 342,735 24.7 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple-family households8 155 1.8 27,900 2.0 268,060 2.0
Other households9 440 5.2 77,785 5.6 543,340 4.1

Brooks – Structural type of dwelling

In Brooks, 67.8% 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 10 Canada, Alberta, Brooks – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling Brooks Alberta Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 8,425 100.0 1,390,275 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 5,710 67.8 883,260 63.5 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 380 4.5 71,850 5.2 646,240 4.9
Row house 615 7.3 97,865 7.0 791,600 5.9
Apartment, building that has five or more storeys 0 0.0 58,205 4.2 1,234,770 9.3
Apartment, building that has fewer than five storeys 785 9.3 197,945 14.2 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 175 2.1 33,505 2.4 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house10 10 0.1 1,060 0.1 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling11 750 8.9 46,590 3.4 183,510 1.4

Language

Brooks – Mother tongue

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

Chart J description: Brooks - 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 Brooks, 76.8% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 1.2% reported French only, and 20.6% reported only a non-official language, in 2011. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 77.0% for English only, 1.9% for French only and 19.4% for only non-official languages.

In 2011, 83.2% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 0.6% spoke only French and 13.3% spoke only a non-official language. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 85.7% for English only, 0.7% for French only and 10.5% for only a non-official language.

Table 11 Brooks – Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home, 2011 Census
Selected languages Mother tongue Language spoken most often at home
number % number %
Total 23,145 100.0 23,140 100.0
English 17,780 76.8 19,260 83.2
French 270 1.2 145 0.6
Non-official language 4,760 20.6 3,085 13.3
Multiple responses 335 1.4 650 2.8
Table 12 Brooks – 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 99.4 99.1 0.4
French 54.4 36.8 17.6
Non-official language 81.1 67.5 13.6

Brooks – Non-official languages

In Brooks, the three most common mother tongues were German (6.5%), Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) (2.7%) and Spanish (1.5%), in 2011. In comparison, the most common mother tongues at the provincial / territorial level were German (2.3%), Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) (1.9%) and Panjabi (Punjabi) (1.5%).

Table 13 Brooks – 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 1,515 30.0 6.5
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 620 12.3 2.7
Spanish 345 6.8 1.5
Arabic 290 5.7 1.3
Chinese, n.o.s. 245 4.8 1.1

Brooks – Bilingualism

Table 14 Brooks – 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 2.4 1.4 72.2 2.1
0 to 19 1.4 1.0 57.1 1.2
20 to 44 3.2 2.1 81.0 2.7
45 to 64 2.5 0.9 70.0 3.2
65 and over 1.9 1.0 62.5 1.1
Table 15 Brooks – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 23,145 100.0
English only 22,140 95.7
French only 55 0.2
English and French 590 2.5
Neither English nor French 360 1.6

Symbols:

···
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.

Notes:

  1. Median age: Age 'x' that divides a population in two groups of the same population size, one group being older than age 'x' and the other group being younger than age 'x'.
  2. Census family: Refers to a married couple (with or without children), a common-law couple (with or without children) or a lone parent family.
  3. Household, private: Refers to a person or a group of persons (other than foreign residents) who occupy a private dwelling and do not have a usual place of residence elsewhere in Canada.
  4. Household type: Refers to the basic division of private households into family and non-family households. Family household refers to a household that contains at least one census family, that is, a married couple with or without children, or a couple living in common-law with or without children or a lone parent living with one or more children.
  5. Couple-family households with children: Refers to couple households with at least one child aged 24 and under.
  6. Couple-family households without children: Refers to couple households without children aged 24 and under. Includes couple households with all children aged 25 and over.
  7. Lone-parent-family households: Refers to all lone-parent family households regardless of age of children.
  8. Multiple-family households: Refers to a household in which two or more census families (with or without additional persons) occupy the same private dwelling.
  9. Other households: Refers to two or more people who share a private dwelling, but who do not constitute a census family.
  10. Other single-attached house: A single dwelling that is attached to another building and that does not fall into any of the other categories, such as a single dwelling attached to a non-residential structure (e.g., a store or a church) or occasionally to another residential structure (e.g., an apartment building).
  11. Movable dwelling includes mobile homes and other movable dwellings such as houseboats and railroad cars.
  12. Mother-tongue retention: Retention refers to the situation where people speak their mother tongue at home. Retention is defined as 'complete' when the mother tongue is the language spoken most often and 'partial' when it is spoken on a regular basis but not most often. The (complete or partial) retention rate refers to the proportion of the population with a given mother tongue that speaks that language at home most often or on a regular basis. The retention rate provides an indication of a group's linguistic vitality, particularly the importance of transmitting languages between generations.


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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