Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census agglomeration of Lethbridge, Alberta

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

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Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A: Lethbridge, CA - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

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

Prov. rank
3
Nat. rank
34

In 2011, the population of Lethbridge census agglomeration (CA) was 105,999, representing a percentage change of 11.3% from 2006. This compares to the national growth of 5.9% and to the average growth among all CAs of 4.2%.

In Lethbridge, the land area is 2,975.62 square kilometres with a population density of 35.6 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 41,555 private dwellings occupied by usual residents in Lethbridge in 2011. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 11.8%. 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 Lethbridge CA

Table 1 Lethbridge CA – Census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name Type Population
2011 2006 % change
Lethbridge CY 83,517 74,685 A 11.8
Lethbridge County MD 10,061 10,254 A -1.9
Coaldale T 7,493 6,177 21.3
Coalhurst T 1,963 1,523 28.9
Picture Butte T 1,650 1,592 3.6
Nobleford VL 1,000 689 45.1
Barons VL 315 276 14.1

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

Lethbridge – Age distribution

Table 3 Lethbridge – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 18.2% 19.0% 17.4%
15 to 64 67.4% 68.0% 66.8%
65 and over 14.4% 13.0% 15.8%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Lethbridge was 14.4%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 67.4% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 18.2%. 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.

Lethbridge – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 4 Lethbridge – 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 106,000 95,195 10,805 11.4
0 to 14 19,270 17,575 1,695 9.6
15 to 64 71,430 64,070 7,360 11.5
65 and over 15,300 13,550 1,750 12.9
Males
Total 52,045 46,530 5,515 11.9
0 to 14 9,885 8,970 915 10.2
15 to 64 35,395 31,685 3,710 11.7
65 and over 6,765 5,875 890 15.1
Females
Total 53,950 48,670 5,280 10.8
0 to 14 9,385 8,605 780 9.1
15 to 64 36,035 32,385 3,650 11.3
65 and over 8,530 7,675 855 11.1

Lethbridge – Population by five-year age groups and sex

Table 5 Lethbridge – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 106,000 52,045 53,950
0 to 4 years 7,140 3,725 3,415
5 to 9 years 6,045 3,060 2,985
10 to 14 years 6,085 3,100 2,985
15 to 19 years 7,110 3,605 3,500
20 to 24 years 9,175 4,465 4,710
25 to 29 years 8,360 4,280 4,075
30 to 34 years 7,030 3,550 3,475
35 to 39 years 6,275 3,175 3,100
40 to 44 years 6,155 3,015 3,140
45 to 49 years 7,135 3,540 3,595
50 to 54 years 7,575 3,690 3,885
55 to 59 years 6,825 3,305 3,515
60 to 64 years 5,800 2,765 3,040
65 to 69 years 4,325 2,085 2,245
70 to 74 years 3,395 1,590 1,805
75 to 79 years 2,905 1,335 1,575
80 to 84 years 2,455 1,015 1,435
85 to 89 years 1,445 495 945
90 to 94 years 595 195 400
95 to 99 years 140 40 100
100 years and over 35 5 30
Median age 36.6 35.4 38.0

Lethbridge – Median age1 of the population

The median age in Lethbridge was 36.6 years. In comparison, the median age of Alberta was 36.5 years.

Table 6 Canada, Alberta and Lethbridge – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
Alberta 36.0 36.5
Lethbridge 36.5 36.6

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families2 in Lethbridge was 28,800, which represents a change of 10.9% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In Lethbridge, 73.5% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 12.3% were common-law-couples and 14.2% were lone-parent families.

Lethbridge – Family structure

Table 7 Canada, Alberta, Lethbridge – 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
Lethbridge 28,800 21,155 73.5 3,550 12.3 4,090 14.2 10.9

Lethbridge – Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census agglomeration of Lethbridge, 44.9% 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 Lethbridge, 87.3% were intact families, that is, in which all children were the biological or adopted children of both parents, while 12.7% 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.

Lethbridge – Marital status

In Lethbridge, 58.4% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (50.2%) or living with a common-law partner (8.2%).

The remaining 41.6% 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, Lethbridge – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status Lethbridge Alberta Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 86,730 100.0 2,960,470 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 50,675 58.4 1,756,860 59.3 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 43,555 50.2 1,484,705 50.2 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 7,120 8.2 272,155 9.2 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 36,055 41.6 1,203,615 40.7 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 23,615 27.2 823,935 27.8 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 1,770 2.0 70,855 2.4 698,245 2.5
Divorced 5,775 6.7 177,375 6.0 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 4,895 5.6 131,440 4.4 1,584,525 5.7

Lethbridge – Types of private households

There were 41,555 private households3 in Lethbridge in 2011, a change of 11.4% from 2006. Of these, 26.1% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of 6.1% compared with five years earlier.

Table 9 Canada, Alberta, Lethbridge – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type4 Lethbridge Alberta Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Private households 41,555 100.0 1,390,275 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home5
10,850 26.1 407,145 29.3 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home6
13,145 31.6 406,380 29.2 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households7 3,715 8.9 128,330 9.2 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 10,635 25.6 342,735 24.7 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple-family households8 535 1.3 27,900 2.0 268,060 2.0
Other households9 2,670 6.4 77,785 5.6 543,340 4.1

Lethbridge – Structural type of dwelling

In Lethbridge, 68.3% of private households lived in single-detached houses and 1.7% lived in apartments in buildings that have five or more storeys. The rest lived in other types of dwelling structures.

Table 10 Canada, Alberta, Lethbridge – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling Lethbridge Alberta Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 41,555 100.0 1,390,275 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 28,370 68.3 883,260 63.5 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 2,240 5.4 71,850 5.2 646,240 4.9
Row house 1,800 4.3 97,865 7.0 791,600 5.9
Apartment, building that has five or more storeys 725 1.7 58,205 4.2 1,234,770 9.3
Apartment, building that has fewer than five storeys 4,990 12.0 197,945 14.2 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 2,030 4.9 33,505 2.4 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house10 35 0.1 1,060 0.1 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling11 1,360 3.3 46,590 3.4 183,510 1.4

Language

Lethbridge – Mother tongue

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

Chart J description: Lethbridge - 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 Lethbridge, 84.4% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 0.9% reported French only, and 13.6% 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, 92.6% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 0.3% spoke only French and 5.7% 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 Lethbridge – Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home, 2011 Census
Selected languages Mother tongue Language spoken most often at home
number % number %
Total 105,115 100.0 105,115 100.0
English 88,745 84.4 97,285 92.6
French 965 0.9 330 0.3
Non-official language 14,275 13.6 6,020 5.7
Multiple responses 1,130 1.1 1,485 1.4
Table 12 Lethbridge – 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 99.8 99.6 0.1
French 48.5 28.5 20.0
Non-official language 67.5 45.6 21.9

Lethbridge – Non-official languages

In Lethbridge, the three most common mother tongues were German (4.3%), Dutch (2.1%) and Spanish (1.1%), 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 Lethbridge – 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 4,485 29.4 4.3
Dutch 2,255 14.8 2.1
Spanish 1,185 7.8 1.1
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 565 3.7 0.5
Chinese, n.o.s. 525 3.4 0.5

Lethbridge – Bilingualism

Table 14 Lethbridge – 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 4.3 3.7 85.0 2.7
0 to 19 4.8 4.7 80.0 2.8
20 to 44 5.2 4.7 92.9 3.4
45 to 64 3.5 2.3 82.9 3.1
65 and over 2.6 1.5 80.0 1.5
Table 15 Lethbridge – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 105,115 100.0
English only 99,640 94.8
French only 40 0.0
English and French 4,640 4.4
Neither English nor French 790 0.8

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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