Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census agglomeration of Cold Lake, Alberta

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

Map of Cold Lake

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Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

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

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

Prov. rank
12
Nat. rank
127

In 2011, the population of Cold Lake census agglomeration (CA) was 13,839, representing a percentage change of 15.4% from 2006. This compares to the national growth of 5.9% and to the average growth among all CAs of 4.2%.

In Cold Lake, the land area is 59.30 square kilometres with a population density of 233.4 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 5,150 private dwellings occupied by usual residents in Cold Lake in 2011. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 19.4%. 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 Cold Lake CA

Table 1 Cold Lake CA – Census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name Type Population
2011 2006 % change
Cold Lake CY 13,839 11,991 15.4

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

Cold Lake – Age distribution

Table 3 Cold Lake – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 22.7% 22.5% 23.0%
15 to 64 71.7% 72.5% 70.9%
65 and over 5.6% 5.0% 6.2%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Cold Lake was 5.6%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 71.7% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 22.7%. 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.

Cold Lake – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 4 Cold 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 13,835 11,995 1,840 15.3
0 to 14 3,145 2,885 260 9.0
15 to 64 9,925 8,425 1,500 17.8
65 and over 770 680 90 13.2
Males
Total 7,260 6,205 1,055 17.0
0 to 14 1,635 1,505 130 8.6
15 to 64 5,265 4,395 870 19.8
65 and over 360 305 55 18.0
Females
Total 6,575 5,785 790 13.7
0 to 14 1,510 1,380 130 9.4
15 to 64 4,660 4,030 630 15.6
65 and over 410 375 35 9.3

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

Table 5 Cold Lake – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 13,835 7,260 6,575
0 to 4 years 1,290 670 620
5 to 9 years 935 480 455
10 to 14 years 920 485 435
15 to 19 years 945 495 450
20 to 24 years 1,175 670 510
25 to 29 years 1,520 840 680
30 to 34 years 1,305 675 630
35 to 39 years 1,005 535 465
40 to 44 years 895 440 455
45 to 49 years 1,210 640 570
50 to 54 years 965 535 435
55 to 59 years 545 285 260
60 to 64 years 355 170 190
65 to 69 years 240 120 120
70 to 74 years 190 100 85
75 to 79 years 165 65 100
80 to 84 years 95 45 55
85 to 89 years 45 25 20
90 to 94 years 25 5 20
95 to 99 years 5 0 0
100 years and over 0 0 0
Median age 30.5 30.0 31.0

Cold Lake – Median age1 of the population

The median age in Cold Lake was 30.5 years. In comparison, the median age of Alberta was 36.5 years.

Table 6 Canada, Alberta and Cold Lake – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
Alberta 36.0 36.5
Cold Lake 32.0 30.5

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families2 in Cold Lake was 3,860, which represents a change of 13.9% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In Cold Lake, 67.5% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 20.2% were common-law-couples and 12.4% were lone-parent families.

Cold Lake – Family structure

Table 7 Canada, Alberta, Cold 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
Cold Lake 3,860 2,605 67.5 780 20.2 480 12.4 13.9

Cold Lake – Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census agglomeration of Cold Lake, 56.6% 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 Cold Lake, 83.6% were intact families, that is, in which all children were the biological or adopted children of both parents, while 16.2% 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.

Cold Lake – Marital status

In Cold Lake, 64.4% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (49.7%) or living with a common-law partner (14.6%).

The remaining 35.6% 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, Cold Lake – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status Cold Lake Alberta Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 10,695 100.0 2,960,470 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 6,885 64.4 1,756,860 59.3 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 5,320 49.7 1,484,705 50.2 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 1,565 14.6 272,155 9.2 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 3,805 35.6 1,203,615 40.7 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 2,835 26.5 823,935 27.8 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 215 2.0 70,855 2.4 698,245 2.5
Divorced 485 4.5 177,375 6.0 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 270 2.5 131,440 4.4 1,584,525 5.7

Cold Lake – Types of private households

There were 5,150 private households3 in Cold Lake in 2011, a change of 19.5% from 2006. Of these, 36.3% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of 9.4% compared with five years earlier.

Table 9 Canada, Alberta, Cold Lake – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type4 Cold Lake Alberta Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Private households 5,150 100.0 1,390,275 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home5
1,870 36.3 407,145 29.3 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home6
1,400 27.2 406,380 29.2 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households7 420 8.2 128,330 9.2 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 1,085 21.1 342,735 24.7 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple-family households8 85 1.7 27,900 2.0 268,060 2.0
Other households9 290 5.6 77,785 5.6 543,340 4.1

Cold Lake – Structural type of dwelling

In Cold Lake, 70.1% 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, Cold Lake – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling Cold Lake Alberta Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 5,150 100.0 1,390,275 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 3,610 70.1 883,260 63.5 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 670 13.0 71,850 5.2 646,240 4.9
Row house 170 3.3 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 545 10.6 197,945 14.2 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 30 0.6 33,505 2.4 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house10 35 0.7 1,060 0.1 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling11 85 1.7 46,590 3.4 183,510 1.4

Language

Cold Lake – Mother tongue

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

Chart J description: Cold 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 Cold Lake, 87.5% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 6.7% reported French only, and 4.7% 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, 93.7% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 3.6% spoke only French and 1.6% 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 Cold 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 13,805 100.0 13,810 100.0
English 12,080 87.5 12,940 93.7
French 930 6.7 495 3.6
Non-official language 650 4.7 225 1.6
Multiple responses 145 1.1 145 1.0
Table 12 Cold Lake – 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 99.5 0.3
French 69.3 49.5 19.8
Non-official language 69.7 38.6 31.0

Cold Lake – Non-official languages

In Cold Lake, the three most common mother tongues were Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) (0.7%), Spanish (0.7%) and German (0.7%), 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 Cold 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.
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 100 13.9 0.7
Spanish 95 13.2 0.7
German 90 12.5 0.7
Arabic 45 6.3 0.3

Cold Lake – Bilingualism

Table 14 Cold 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 13.3 8.0 84.4 9.9
0 to 19 12.6 10.2 67.6 15.4
20 to 44 15.4 9.1 91.0 11.0
45 to 64 11.0 4.2 84.6 9.4
65 and over 8.2 2.5 75.0 7.7
Table 15 Cold Lake – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 13,805 100.0
English only 11,845 85.8
French only 65 0.5
English and French 1,880 13.6
Neither English nor French 15 0.1

Symbols:

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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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