Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census agglomeration of Sylvan Lake, Alberta 1

Map of Sylvan Lake, CA (shaded in green), Alberta

Map of Sylvan Lake

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Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A: Sylvan Lake, CA - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

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

Prov. rank
14
Nat. rank
136

In 2011, the population of Sylvan Lake census agglomeration (CA) was 12,762, representing a percentage change of 19.2% from 2006. This compares to the national growth of 5.9% and to the average growth among all CAs of 4.2%.

In Sylvan Lake, the land area is 16.84 square kilometres with a population density of 758.0 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 4,770 private dwellings occupied by usual residents in Sylvan Lake in 2011. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 23.4%. 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 Sylvan Lake CA

Table 1 Sylvan Lake CA – Census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name Type Population
2011 2006 % change
Sylvan Lake T 12,327 10,250 A 20.3
Norglenwold SV 232 270 -14.1
Jarvis Bay SV 203 183 10.9

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

Sylvan Lake – Age distribution

Table 3 Sylvan Lake – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 23.3% 23.7% 23.0%
15 to 64 69.8% 70.6% 69.1%
65 and over 6.8% 5.7% 7.8%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Sylvan Lake was 6.8%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 69.8% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 23.3%. 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.

Sylvan Lake – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 4 Sylvan Lake – 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 12,765 10,705 2,060 19.2
0 to 14 2,980 2,550 430 16.9
15 to 64 8,915 7,380 1,535 20.8
65 and over 865 780 85 10.9
Males
Total 6,455 5,445 1,010 18.5
0 to 14 1,530 1,270 260 20.5
15 to 64 4,555 3,855 700 18.2
65 and over 370 325 45 13.8
Females
Total 6,315 5,250 1,065 20.3
0 to 14 1,455 1,280 175 13.7
15 to 64 4,365 3,525 840 23.8
65 and over 495 455 40 8.8

Sylvan Lake – Population by five-year age groups and sex

Table 5 Sylvan Lake – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 12,765 6,455 6,315
0 to 4 years 1,050 550 500
5 to 9 years 940 475 465
10 to 14 years 990 500 490
15 to 19 years 885 450 440
20 to 24 years 915 500 415
25 to 29 years 1,125 575 550
30 to 34 years 1,155 590 560
35 to 39 years 1,035 520 520
40 to 44 years 885 455 430
45 to 49 years 925 450 480
50 to 54 years 860 450 410
55 to 59 years 690 350 335
60 to 64 years 450 215 230
65 to 69 years 275 135 135
70 to 74 years 240 115 130
75 to 79 years 140 55 85
80 to 84 years 110 45 60
85 to 89 years 55 10 40
90 to 94 years 35 5 30
95 to 99 years 15 5 10
100 years and over 0 0 0
Median age 32.1 31.6 32.6

Sylvan Lake – Median age2 of the population

The median age in Sylvan Lake was 32.1 years. In comparison, the median age of Alberta was 36.5 years.

Table 6 Canada, Alberta and Sylvan Lake – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
Alberta 36.0 36.5
Sylvan Lake 31.8 32.1

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families3 in Sylvan Lake was 3,555, which represents a change of 19.5% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In Sylvan Lake, 66.1% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 18.6% were common-law-couples and 15.5% were lone-parent families.

Sylvan Lake – Family structure

Table 7 Canada, Alberta, Sylvan Lake – 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
Sylvan Lake 3,555 2,350 66.1 660 18.6 550 15.5 19.5

Sylvan Lake – Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census agglomeration of Sylvan Lake, 55.3% 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 Sylvan Lake, 81.3% were intact families, that is, in which all children were the biological or adopted children of both parents, while 18.7% 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.

Sylvan Lake – Marital status

In Sylvan Lake, 62.4% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (48.9%) or living with a common-law partner (13.5%).

The remaining 37.6% 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, Sylvan Lake – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status Sylvan Lake Alberta Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 9,775 100.0 2,960,470 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 6,100 62.4 1,756,860 59.3 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 4,780 48.9 1,484,705 50.2 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 1,320 13.5 272,155 9.2 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 3,675 37.6 1,203,615 40.7 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 2,440 25.0 823,935 27.8 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 265 2.7 70,855 2.4 698,245 2.5
Divorced 650 6.6 177,375 6.0 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 315 3.2 131,440 4.4 1,584,525 5.7

Sylvan Lake – Types of private households

There were 4,770 private households4 in Sylvan Lake in 2011, a change of 23.4% from 2006. Of these, 34.5% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of 9.7% compared with five years earlier.

Table 9 Canada, Alberta, Sylvan Lake – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type5 Sylvan Lake Alberta Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Private households 4,770 100.0 1,390,275 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home6
1,645 34.5 407,145 29.3 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home7
1,300 27.3 406,380 29.2 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households8 510 10.7 128,330 9.2 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 985 20.6 342,735 24.7 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple-family households9 50 1.0 27,900 2.0 268,060 2.0
Other households10 280 5.9 77,785 5.6 543,340 4.1

Sylvan Lake – Structural type of dwelling

In Sylvan Lake, 72.1% 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, Sylvan Lake – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling Sylvan Lake Alberta Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 4,770 100.0 1,390,275 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 3,440 72.1 883,260 63.5 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 260 5.5 71,850 5.2 646,240 4.9
Row house 345 7.2 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 380 8.0 197,945 14.2 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 165 3.5 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 170 3.6 46,590 3.4 183,510 1.4

Language

Sylvan Lake – Mother tongue

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

Chart J description: Sylvan Lake - 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 Sylvan Lake, 94.2% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 1.5% reported French only, and 3.7% 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, 98.0% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 0.4% spoke only French and 1.0% 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 Sylvan Lake – Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home, 2011 Census
Selected languages Mother tongue Language spoken most often at home
number % number %
Total 12,645 100.0 12,645 100.0
English 11,910 94.2 12,390 98.0
French 190 1.5 50 0.4
Non-official language 470 3.7 130 1.0
Multiple responses 75 0.6 75 0.6
Table 12 Sylvan Lake – 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 100.0 99.9 0.1
French 53.3 26.7 26.7
Non-official language 63.1 33.0 30.1

Sylvan Lake – Non-official languages

In Sylvan Lake, the three most common mother tongues were German (0.9%), Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) (0.7%) and Spanish (0.4%), 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 Sylvan Lake – 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 110 21.4 0.9
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 85 16.5 0.7
Spanish 45 8.7 0.4
Dutch 45 8.7 0.4
Ukrainian 30 5.8 0.2

Sylvan Lake – Bilingualism

Table 14 Sylvan Lake – 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 6.2 5.0 86.8 5.3
0 to 19 8.8 8.3 80.0 7.7
20 to 44 5.9 4.6 100.0 5.4
45 to 64 4.1 2.0 92.3 6.9
65 and over 2.0 0.8 60.0 0.0
Table 15 Sylvan Lake – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 12,645 100.0
English only 11,830 93.6
French only 5 0.0
English and French 810 6.4
Neither English nor French 5 0.0

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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