Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census agglomeration of High River, Alberta 1

Map of High River, CA (shaded in green), Alberta

Map of High River

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Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A: High River, CA - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

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

Prov. rank
13
Nat. rank
134

In 2011, the population of High River census agglomeration (CA) was 12,920, representing a percentage change of 20.6% from 2006. This compares to the national growth of 5.9% and to the average growth among all CAs of 4.2%.

In High River, the land area is 14.27 square kilometres with a population density of 905.5 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 5,261 private dwellings occupied by usual residents in High River in 2011. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 25.4%. 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 High River CA

Table 1 High River CA – Census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name Type Population
2011 2006 % change
High River T 12,920 10,716 20.6

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

High River – Age distribution

Table 3 High River – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 17.9% 18.6% 17.1%
15 to 64 63.2% 63.2% 63.1%
65 and over 19.0% 18.3% 19.8%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in High River was 19.0%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 63.2% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 17.9%. 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.

High River – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 4 High River – 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 12,920 10,715 2,205 20.6
0 to 14 2,310 2,050 260 12.7
15 to 64 8,160 6,805 1,355 19.9
65 and over 2,455 1,860 595 32.0
Males
Total 6,350 5,275 1,075 20.4
0 to 14 1,180 1,080 100 9.3
15 to 64 4,015 3,325 690 20.8
65 and over 1,160 875 285 32.6
Females
Total 6,565 5,440 1,125 20.7
0 to 14 1,125 970 155 16.0
15 to 64 4,145 3,485 660 18.9
65 and over 1,300 985 315 32.0

High River – Population by five-year age groups and sex

Table 5 High River – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 12,920 6,350 6,565
0 to 4 years 820 410 405
5 to 9 years 760 410 350
10 to 14 years 725 360 370
15 to 19 years 745 385 360
20 to 24 years 625 300 325
25 to 29 years 765 380 385
30 to 34 years 885 455 430
35 to 39 years 820 440 385
40 to 44 years 810 400 405
45 to 49 years 865 435 430
50 to 54 years 920 440 480
55 to 59 years 830 375 450
60 to 64 years 895 410 485
65 to 69 years 760 355 400
70 to 74 years 615 285 325
75 to 79 years 510 250 260
80 to 84 years 330 160 170
85 to 89 years 165 70 90
90 to 94 years 65 20 40
95 to 99 years 10 5 10
100 years and over 0 0 0
Median age 41.8 40.4 43.5

High River – Median age2 of the population

The median age in High River was 41.8 years. In comparison, the median age of Alberta was 36.5 years.

Table 6 Canada, Alberta and High River – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
Alberta 36.0 36.5
High River 40.7 41.8

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families3 in High River was 3,880, which represents a change of 21.3% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In High River, 75.4% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 12.8% were common-law-couples and 11.7% were lone-parent families.

High River – Family structure

Table 7 Canada, Alberta, High River – 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
High River 3,880 2,925 75.4 495 12.8 455 11.7 21.3

High River – Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census agglomeration of High River, 40.1% 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.

Among couples with children aged 24 and under at home in the census agglomeration of High River, 86.2% were intact families, that is, in which all children were the biological or adopted children of both parents, while 13.8% 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.

High River – Marital status

In High River, 65.9% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (56.6%) or living with a common-law partner (9.3%).

The remaining 34.0% 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, High River – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status High River Alberta Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 10,615 100.0 2,960,470 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 7,000 65.9 1,756,860 59.3 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 6,010 56.6 1,484,705 50.2 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 990 9.3 272,155 9.2 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 3,610 34.0 1,203,615 40.7 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 1,995 18.8 823,935 27.8 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 310 2.9 70,855 2.4 698,245 2.5
Divorced 690 6.5 177,375 6.0 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 620 5.8 131,440 4.4 1,584,525 5.7

High River – Types of private households

There were 5,260 private households4 in High River in 2011, a change of 25.7% from 2006. Of these, 25.8% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of 15.3% compared with five years earlier.

Table 9 Canada, Alberta, High River – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type5 High River Alberta Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Private households 5,260 100.0 1,390,275 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home6
1,355 25.8 407,145 29.3 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home7
1,980 37.6 406,380 29.2 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households8 430 8.2 128,330 9.2 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 1,270 24.1 342,735 24.7 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple-family households9 55 1.0 27,900 2.0 268,060 2.0
Other households10 175 3.3 77,785 5.6 543,340 4.1

High River – Structural type of dwelling

In High River, 52.5% 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, High River – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling High River Alberta Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 5,260 100.0 1,390,275 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 2,760 52.5 883,260 63.5 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 940 17.9 71,850 5.2 646,240 4.9
Row house 710 13.5 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 500 9.5 197,945 14.2 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 50 1.0 33,505 2.4 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house11 5 0.1 1,060 0.1 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling12 300 5.7 46,590 3.4 183,510 1.4

Language

High River – Mother tongue

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

Chart J description: High River - 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 High River, 88.7% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 1.4% reported French only, and 9.0% 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, 94.0% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 0.2% spoke only French and 4.4% 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 High River – Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home, 2011 Census
Selected languages Mother tongue Language spoken most often at home
number % number %
Total 12,855 100.0 12,855 100.0
English 11,400 88.7 12,085 94.0
French 180 1.4 20 0.2
Non-official language 1,155 9.0 560 4.4
Multiple responses 120 0.9 185 1.4
Table 12 High River – 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 99.8 99.6 0.2
French 38.1 14.3 23.8
Non-official language 68.0 53.2 14.8

High River – Non-official languages

In High River, the three most common mother tongues were Spanish (1.9%), Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) (1.9%) and German (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 High River – 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.
Spanish 240 19.2 1.9
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 240 19.2 1.9
German 190 15.2 1.5
Dutch 95 7.6 0.7
Arabic 55 4.4 0.4

High River – Bilingualism

Table 14 High River – 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 5.3 4.3 83.3 3.0
0 to 19 8.8 8.8 66.7 3.1
20 to 44 4.4 4.0 70.0 1.0
45 to 64 4.3 2.7 84.6 4.0
65 and over 3.4 1.2 81.8 6.3
Table 15 High River – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 12,850 100.0
English only 12,085 94.0
French only 0 0.0
English and French 695 5.4
Neither English nor French 75 0.6

Symbols:

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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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