Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census agglomeration of Okotoks, Alberta 1

Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

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

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

Prov. rank
8
Nat. rank
101

In 2011, the population of Okotoks census agglomeration (CA) was 24,511, representing a percentage change of 42.9% from 2006. This compares to the national growth of 5.9% and to the average growth among all CAs of 4.2%.

In Okotoks, the land area is 19.24 square kilometres with a population density of 1,273.8 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 8,423 private dwellings occupied by usual residents in Okotoks in 2011. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 46.2%. 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 Okotoks CA

Table 1 Okotoks CA – Census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name Type Population
2011 2006 % change
Okotoks T 24,511 17,150 A 42.9

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

Okotoks – Age distribution

Table 3 Okotoks – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 24.8% 25.7% 23.8%
15 to 64 67.8% 67.3% 68.3%
65 and over 7.4% 6.9% 7.8%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Okotoks was 7.4%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 67.8% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 24.8%. 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.

Okotoks – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 4 Okotoks – 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 24,510 17,145 7,365 43.0
0 to 14 6,070 4,365 1,705 39.1
15 to 64 16,630 11,825 4,805 40.6
65 and over 1,810 960 850 88.5
Males
Total 12,295 8,605 3,690 42.9
0 to 14 3,160 2,285 875 38.3
15 to 64 8,280 5,875 2,405 40.9
65 and over 850 440 410 93.2
Females
Total 12,215 8,545 3,670 42.9
0 to 14 2,910 2,075 835 40.2
15 to 64 8,345 5,950 2,395 40.3
65 and over 955 520 435 83.7

Okotoks – Population by five-year age groups and sex

Table 5 Okotoks – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 24,510 12,295 12,215
0 to 4 years 2,015 1,065 950
5 to 9 years 2,060 1,060 1,000
10 to 14 years 2,000 1,035 965
15 to 19 years 1,910 1,020 890
20 to 24 years 1,310 705 610
25 to 29 years 1,475 700 770
30 to 34 years 1,845 905 945
35 to 39 years 2,130 1,050 1,085
40 to 44 years 1,945 955 990
45 to 49 years 1,915 950 965
50 to 54 years 1,750 840 905
55 to 59 years 1,375 675 700
60 to 64 years 970 485 490
65 to 69 years 720 355 370
70 to 74 years 430 210 220
75 to 79 years 290 125 170
80 to 84 years 200 95 100
85 to 89 years 130 50 80
90 to 94 years 30 20 15
95 to 99 years 5 0 0
100 years and over 0 0 5
Median age 34.1 33.3 34.9

Okotoks – Median age2 of the population

The median age in Okotoks was 34.1 years. In comparison, the median age of Alberta was 36.5 years.

Table 6 Canada, Alberta and Okotoks – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
Alberta 36.0 36.5
Okotoks 32.4 34.1

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families3 in Okotoks was 6,980, which represents a change of 43.8% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In Okotoks, 76.9% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 10.7% were common-law-couples and 12.4% were lone-parent families.

Okotoks – Family structure

Table 7 Canada, Alberta, Okotoks – 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
Okotoks 6,980 5,365 76.9 750 10.7 865 12.4 43.8

Okotoks – Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census agglomeration of Okotoks, 59.8% 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 Okotoks, 88.4% were intact families, that is, in which all children were the biological or adopted children of both parents, while 11.6% 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.

Okotoks – Marital status

In Okotoks, 66.8% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (58.7%) or living with a common-law partner (8.1%).

The remaining 33.1% 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, Okotoks – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status Okotoks Alberta Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 18,440 100.0 2,960,470 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 12,325 66.8 1,756,860 59.3 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 10,825 58.7 1,484,705 50.2 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 1,500 8.1 272,155 9.2 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 6,110 33.1 1,203,615 40.7 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 4,185 22.7 823,935 27.8 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 475 2.6 70,855 2.4 698,245 2.5
Divorced 935 5.1 177,375 6.0 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 520 2.8 131,440 4.4 1,584,525 5.7

Okotoks – Types of private households

There were 8,425 private households4 in Okotoks in 2011, a change of 46.4% from 2006. Of these, 42.4% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of 39.1% compared with five years earlier.

Table 9 Canada, Alberta, Okotoks – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type5 Okotoks 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 home6
3,575 42.4 407,145 29.3 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home7
2,350 27.9 406,380 29.2 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households8 800 9.5 128,330 9.2 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 1,305 15.5 342,735 24.7 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple-family households9 125 1.5 27,900 2.0 268,060 2.0
Other households10 265 3.1 77,785 5.6 543,340 4.1

Okotoks – Structural type of dwelling

In Okotoks, 77.2% of private households lived in single-detached houses and 0.1% lived in apartments in buildings that have five or more storeys. The rest lived in other types of dwelling structures.

Table 10 Canada, Alberta, Okotoks – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling Okotoks 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 6,505 77.2 883,260 63.5 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 460 5.5 71,850 5.2 646,240 4.9
Row house 525 6.2 97,865 7.0 791,600 5.9
Apartment, building that has five or more storeys 5 0.1 58,205 4.2 1,234,770 9.3
Apartment, building that has fewer than five storeys 895 10.6 197,945 14.2 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 40 0.5 33,505 2.4 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house11 0 0.0 1,060 0.1 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling12 0 0.0 46,590 3.4 183,510 1.4

Language

Okotoks – Mother tongue

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

Chart J description: Okotoks - 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 Okotoks, 92.2% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 1.5% reported French only, and 5.5% 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, 96.8% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 0.7% spoke only French and 1.7% 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 Okotoks – Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home, 2011 Census
Selected languages Mother tongue Language spoken most often at home
number % number %
Total 24,510 100.0 24,505 100.0
English 22,610 92.2 23,715 96.8
French 370 1.5 160 0.7
Non-official language 1,350 5.5 425 1.7
Multiple responses 170 0.7 205 0.8
Table 12 Okotoks – 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 0.1
French 58.1 36.0 22.1
Non-official language 61.5 36.5 25.0

Okotoks – Non-official languages

In Okotoks, the three most common mother tongues were German (1.1%), Spanish (0.6%) and Dutch (0.6%), 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 Okotoks – 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 270 18.2 1.1
Spanish 150 10.1 0.6
Dutch 150 10.1 0.6
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 140 9.5 0.6
Polish 65 4.4 0.3

Okotoks – Bilingualism

Table 14 Okotoks – 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 6.3 4.9 87.8 7.0
0 to 19 6.7 6.1 90.9 5.3
20 to 44 6.4 5.1 88.5 5.7
45 to 64 5.7 3.4 85.2 9.2
65 and over 5.3 2.6 81.8 4.9
Table 15 Okotoks – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 24,505 100.0
English only 22,895 93.4
French only 15 0.1
English and French 1,570 6.4
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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