Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census agglomeration of Grande Prairie, Alberta 1

Map of Grande Prairie, CA (shaded in green), Alberta

Map of Grande Prairie

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Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A: Grande Prairie, CA - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

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

Prov. rank
7
Nat. rank
59

In 2011, the population of Grande Prairie census agglomeration (CA) was 55,032, representing a percentage change of 16.8% from 2006. This compares to the national growth of 5.9% and to the average growth among all CAs of 4.2%.

In Grande Prairie, the land area is 72.80 square kilometres with a population density of 755.9 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 21,180 private dwellings occupied by usual residents in Grande Prairie in 2011. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 22.1%. 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 Grande Prairie CA

Table 1 Grande Prairie CA – Census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name Type Population
2011 2006 % change
Grande Prairie CY 55,032 47,107 A 16.8

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

Grande Prairie – Age distribution

Table 3 Grande Prairie – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 21.2% 21.0% 21.4%
15 to 64 72.6% 73.7% 71.4%
65 and over 6.2% 5.3% 7.2%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Grande Prairie was 6.2%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 72.6% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 21.2%. 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.

Grande Prairie – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 4 Grande Prairie – 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 55,030 47,115 7,915 16.8
0 to 14 11,665 10,040 1,625 16.2
15 to 64 39,940 34,175 5,765 16.9
65 and over 3,425 2,900 525 18.1
Males
Total 28,115 24,250 3,865 15.9
0 to 14 5,900 5,145 755 14.7
15 to 64 20,720 17,855 2,865 16.0
65 and over 1,490 1,250 240 19.2
Females
Total 26,920 22,870 4,050 17.7
0 to 14 5,765 4,900 865 17.7
15 to 64 19,220 16,320 2,900 17.8
65 and over 1,930 1,650 280 17.0

Grande Prairie – Population by five-year age groups and sex

Table 5 Grande Prairie – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 55,030 28,115 26,920
0 to 4 years 4,840 2,445 2,395
5 to 9 years 3,600 1,820 1,780
10 to 14 years 3,225 1,635 1,590
15 to 19 years 3,675 1,845 1,830
20 to 24 years 5,255 2,710 2,545
25 to 29 years 6,545 3,435 3,110
30 to 34 years 5,225 2,830 2,395
35 to 39 years 4,265 2,280 1,985
40 to 44 years 3,590 1,840 1,750
45 to 49 years 3,760 1,910 1,850
50 to 54 years 3,390 1,745 1,645
55 to 59 years 2,565 1,295 1,270
60 to 64 years 1,680 840 840
65 to 69 years 1,035 495 540
70 to 74 years 790 380 410
75 to 79 years 610 255 355
80 to 84 years 490 190 295
85 to 89 years 345 120 220
90 to 94 years 130 35 95
95 to 99 years 25 5 15
100 years and over 5 0 0
Median age 30.3 30.2 30.4

Grande Prairie – Median age2 of the population

The median age in Grande Prairie was 30.3 years. In comparison, the median age of Alberta was 36.5 years.

Table 6 Canada, Alberta and Grande Prairie – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
Alberta 36.0 36.5
Grande Prairie 29.6 30.3

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families3 in Grande Prairie was 14,750, which represents a change of 18.0% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In Grande Prairie, 61.7% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 22.2% were common-law-couples and 16.2% were lone-parent families.

Grande Prairie – Family structure

Table 7 Canada, Alberta, Grande Prairie – 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
Grande Prairie 14,750 9,095 61.7 3,270 22.2 2,385 16.2 18.0

Grande Prairie – Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census agglomeration of Grande Prairie, 53.0% 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 Grande Prairie, 83.7% were intact families, that is, in which all children were the biological or adopted children of both parents, while 16.3% 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.

Grande Prairie – Marital status

In Grande Prairie, 58.2% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (43.1%) or living with a common-law partner (15.1%).

The remaining 41.8% 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, Grande Prairie – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status Grande Prairie Alberta Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 43,365 100.0 2,960,470 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 25,235 58.2 1,756,860 59.3 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 18,690 43.1 1,484,705 50.2 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 6,540 15.1 272,155 9.2 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 18,130 41.8 1,203,615 40.7 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 13,020 30.0 823,935 27.8 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 1,240 2.9 70,855 2.4 698,245 2.5
Divorced 2,440 5.6 177,375 6.0 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 1,430 3.3 131,440 4.4 1,584,525 5.7

Grande Prairie – Types of private households

There were 21,180 private households4 in Grande Prairie in 2011, a change of 22.2% from 2006. Of these, 30.2% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of 11.0% compared with five years earlier.

Table 9 Canada, Alberta, Grande Prairie – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type5 Grande Prairie Alberta Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Private households 21,180 100.0 1,390,275 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home6
6,400 30.2 407,145 29.3 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home7
5,555 26.2 406,380 29.2 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households8 2,175 10.3 128,330 9.2 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 4,970 23.5 342,735 24.7 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple-family households9 305 1.4 27,900 2.0 268,060 2.0
Other households10 1,780 8.4 77,785 5.6 543,340 4.1

Grande Prairie – Structural type of dwelling

In Grande Prairie, 64.4% of private households lived in single-detached houses and 0.6% lived in apartments in buildings that have five or more storeys. The rest lived in other types of dwelling structures.

Table 10 Canada, Alberta, Grande Prairie – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling Grande Prairie Alberta Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 21,180 100.0 1,390,275 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 13,645 64.4 883,260 63.5 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 1,365 6.4 71,850 5.2 646,240 4.9
Row house 915 4.3 97,865 7.0 791,600 5.9
Apartment, building that has five or more storeys 135 0.6 58,205 4.2 1,234,770 9.3
Apartment, building that has fewer than five storeys 4,100 19.4 197,945 14.2 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 470 2.2 33,505 2.4 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house11 5 0.0 1,060 0.1 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling12 545 2.6 46,590 3.4 183,510 1.4

Language

Grande Prairie – Mother tongue

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

Chart J description: Grande Prairie - 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 Grande Prairie, 88.2% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 2.6% reported French only, and 8.0% 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, 94.3% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 0.9% spoke only French and 3.3% 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 Grande Prairie – Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home, 2011 Census
Selected languages Mother tongue Language spoken most often at home
number % number %
Total 54,695 100.0 54,695 100.0
English 48,230 88.2 51,590 94.3
French 1,400 2.6 485 0.9
Non-official language 4,370 8.0 1,830 3.3
Multiple responses 680 1.2 790 1.4
Table 12 Grande Prairie – 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 55.0 30.8 24.2
Non-official language 70.9 44.9 25.9

Grande Prairie – Non-official languages

In Grande Prairie, the three most common mother tongues were Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) (1.7%), German (1.3%) and Spanish (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 Grande Prairie – 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) 920 19.0 1.7
German 710 14.7 1.3
Spanish 325 6.7 0.6
Polish 225 4.6 0.4
Panjabi (Punjabi) 225 4.6 0.4

Grande Prairie – Bilingualism

Table 14 Grande Prairie – 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 6.8 4.7 87.5 4.0
0 to 19 7.7 6.9 74.3 6.2
20 to 44 6.7 4.8 90.4 4.6
45 to 64 6.0 2.0 89.0 3.5
65 and over 5.7 1.5 81.8 1.6
Table 15 Grande Prairie – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 54,690 100.0
English only 50,570 92.5
French only 70 0.1
English and French 3,890 7.1
Neither English nor French 165 0.3

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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