Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census agglomeration of Red Deer, Alberta 1

Map of Red Deer, CA (shaded in green), Alberta

Map of Red Deer

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Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A: Red Deer, CA - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

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

Prov. rank
4
Nat. rank
43

In 2011, the population of Red Deer census agglomeration (CA) was 90,564, representing a percentage change of 8.9% from 2006. This compares to the national growth of 5.9% and to the average growth among all CAs of 4.2%.

In Red Deer, the land area is 104.29 square kilometres with a population density of 868.4 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 36,346 private dwellings occupied by usual residents in Red Deer in 2011. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 10.8%. 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 Red Deer CA

Table 1 Red Deer CA – Census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name Type Population
2011 2006 % change
Red Deer CY 90,564 83,154 A 8.9

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

Red Deer – Age distribution

Table 3 Red Deer – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 18.3% 19.0% 17.7%
15 to 64 71.3% 72.1% 70.5%
65 and over 10.4% 8.9% 11.9%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Red Deer was 10.4%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 71.3% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 18.3%. 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.

Red Deer – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 4 Red Deer – 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 90,565 83,240 7,325 8.8
0 to 14 16,565 15,100 1,465 9.7
15 to 64 64,565 59,935 4,630 7.7
65 and over 9,435 8,205 1,230 15.0
Males
Total 44,825 41,490 3,335 8.0
0 to 14 8,495 7,635 860 11.3
15 to 64 32,325 30,440 1,885 6.2
65 and over 4,010 3,415 595 17.4
Females
Total 45,740 41,750 3,990 9.6
0 to 14 8,075 7,465 610 8.2
15 to 64 32,235 29,490 2,745 9.3
65 and over 5,425 4,790 635 13.3

Red Deer – Population by five-year age groups and sex

Table 5 Red Deer – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 90,565 44,825 45,740
0 to 4 years 6,235 3,215 3,015
5 to 9 years 5,175 2,590 2,590
10 to 14 years 5,155 2,685 2,465
15 to 19 years 6,025 2,960 3,065
20 to 24 years 7,475 3,745 3,720
25 to 29 years 8,340 4,255 4,085
30 to 34 years 7,275 3,720 3,555
35 to 39 years 6,260 3,265 2,995
40 to 44 years 5,935 2,980 2,955
45 to 49 years 6,590 3,235 3,355
50 to 54 years 7,000 3,450 3,550
55 to 59 years 5,560 2,705 2,855
60 to 64 years 4,110 2,010 2,100
65 to 69 years 2,710 1,270 1,445
70 to 74 years 2,185 965 1,220
75 to 79 years 1,845 820 1,025
80 to 84 years 1,395 545 850
85 to 89 years 830 270 555
90 to 94 years 370 115 250
95 to 99 years 90 20 75
100 years and over 5 0 5
Median age 34.7 33.9 35.6

Red Deer – Median age2 of the population

The median age in Red Deer was 34.7 years. In comparison, the median age of Alberta was 36.5 years.

Table 6 Canada, Alberta and Red Deer – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
Alberta 36.0 36.5
Red Deer 33.5 34.7

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families3 in Red Deer was 24,535, which represents a change of 8.9% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In Red Deer, 66.8% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 15.8% were common-law-couples and 17.4% were lone-parent families.

Red Deer – Family structure

Table 7 Canada, Alberta, Red Deer – 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
Red Deer 24,535 16,385 66.8 3,870 15.8 4,280 17.4 8.9

Red Deer – Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census agglomeration of Red Deer, 47.5% 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 Red Deer, 84.6% were intact families, that is, in which all children were the biological or adopted children of both parents, while 15.4% 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.

Red Deer – Marital status

In Red Deer, 55.9% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (45.5%) or living with a common-law partner (10.5%).

The remaining 44.1% 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, Red Deer – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status Red Deer Alberta Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 74,000 100.0 2,960,470 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 41,395 55.9 1,756,860 59.3 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 33,640 45.5 1,484,705 50.2 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 7,755 10.5 272,155 9.2 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 32,605 44.1 1,203,615 40.7 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 21,640 29.2 823,935 27.8 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 2,250 3.0 70,855 2.4 698,245 2.5
Divorced 5,415 7.3 177,375 6.0 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 3,300 4.5 131,440 4.4 1,584,525 5.7

Red Deer – Types of private households

There were 36,345 private households4 in Red Deer in 2011, a change of 10.8% from 2006. Of these, 25.9% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of 6.2% compared with five years earlier.

Table 9 Canada, Alberta, Red Deer – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type5 Red Deer Alberta Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Private households 36,345 100.0 1,390,275 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home6
9,400 25.9 407,145 29.3 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home7
10,155 27.9 406,380 29.2 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households8 3,975 10.9 128,330 9.2 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 9,540 26.2 342,735 24.7 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple-family households9 490 1.3 27,900 2.0 268,060 2.0
Other households10 2,785 7.7 77,785 5.6 543,340 4.1

Red Deer – Structural type of dwelling

In Red Deer, 54.4% of private households lived in single-detached houses and 1.5% lived in apartments in buildings that have five or more storeys. The rest lived in other types of dwelling structures.

Table 10 Canada, Alberta, Red Deer – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling Red Deer Alberta Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 36,345 100.0 1,390,275 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 19,775 54.4 883,260 63.5 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 2,970 8.2 71,850 5.2 646,240 4.9
Row house 3,525 9.7 97,865 7.0 791,600 5.9
Apartment, building that has five or more storeys 560 1.5 58,205 4.2 1,234,770 9.3
Apartment, building that has fewer than five storeys 7,340 20.2 197,945 14.2 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 1,065 2.9 33,505 2.4 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house11 40 0.1 1,060 0.1 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling12 1,085 3.0 46,590 3.4 183,510 1.4

Language

Red Deer – Mother tongue

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

Chart J description: Red Deer - 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 Red Deer, 87.0% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 1.4% reported French only, and 10.5% 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, 92.4% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 0.3% spoke only French and 5.3% 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 Red Deer – Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home, 2011 Census
Selected languages Mother tongue Language spoken most often at home
number % number %
Total 89,375 100.0 89,375 100.0
English 77,735 87.0 82,625 92.4
French 1,245 1.4 290 0.3
Non-official language 9,365 10.5 4,710 5.3
Multiple responses 1,035 1.2 1,745 2.0
Table 12 Red Deer – 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 99.5 0.2
French 46.1 21.9 24.2
Non-official language 75.9 55.8 20.1

Red Deer – Non-official languages

In Red Deer, the three most common mother tongues were Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) (2.6%), Spanish (1.7%) and German (0.9%), 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 Red Deer – 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.
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 2,310 22.6 2.6
Spanish 1,545 15.1 1.7
German 805 7.9 0.9
Chinese, n.o.s. 500 4.9 0.6
Dutch 445 4.3 0.5

Red Deer – Bilingualism

Table 14 Red Deer – 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 4.5 83.1 3.4
0 to 19 7.9 7.7 72.7 5.5
20 to 44 5.3 4.5 88.2 3.2
45 to 64 4.1 2.4 80.9 2.9
65 and over 3.6 1.2 81.3 2.4
Table 15 Red Deer – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 89,375 100.0
English only 83,795 93.8
French only 45 0.1
English and French 5,040 5.6
Neither English nor French 500 0.6

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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