Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census agglomeration of Wetaskiwin, Alberta 1

Map of Wetaskiwin, CA (shaded in green), Alberta

Map of Wetaskiwin

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Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A: Wetaskiwin, CA - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

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

Prov. rank
15
Nat. rank
138

In 2011, the population of Wetaskiwin census agglomeration (CA) was 12,525, representing a percentage change of 7.2% from 2006. This compares to the national growth of 5.9% and to the average growth among all CAs of 4.2%.

In Wetaskiwin, the land area is 18.20 square kilometres with a population density of 688.2 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 5,131 private dwellings occupied by usual residents in Wetaskiwin in 2011. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 7.5%. 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 Wetaskiwin CA

Table 1 Wetaskiwin CA – Census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name Type Population
2011 2006 % change
Wetaskiwin CY 12,525 11,689 A 7.2

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

Wetaskiwin – Age distribution

Table 3 Wetaskiwin – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 18.6% 20.7% 16.8%
15 to 64 61.2% 62.1% 60.5%
65 and over 20.2% 17.2% 22.9%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Wetaskiwin was 20.2%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 61.2% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 18.6%. 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.

Wetaskiwin – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 4 Wetaskiwin – 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 12,525 11,675 850 7.3
0 to 14 2,335 2,180 155 7.1
15 to 64 7,665 7,300 365 5.0
65 and over 2,525 2,195 330 15.0
Males
Total 6,000 5,610 390 7.0
0 to 14 1,240 1,130 110 9.7
15 to 64 3,725 3,580 145 4.1
65 and over 1,030 900 130 14.4
Females
Total 6,525 6,065 460 7.6
0 to 14 1,095 1,045 50 4.8
15 to 64 3,945 3,720 225 6.0
65 and over 1,495 1,295 200 15.4

Wetaskiwin – Population by five-year age groups and sex

Table 5 Wetaskiwin – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 12,525 6,000 6,525
0 to 4 years 825 440 385
5 to 9 years 755 395 365
10 to 14 years 750 405 345
15 to 19 years 745 380 360
20 to 24 years 720 380 340
25 to 29 years 755 355 395
30 to 34 years 785 385 395
35 to 39 years 760 375 385
40 to 44 years 735 365 375
45 to 49 years 880 430 450
50 to 54 years 865 425 445
55 to 59 years 765 355 420
60 to 64 years 655 285 375
65 to 69 years 575 270 300
70 to 74 years 520 215 300
75 to 79 years 480 220 260
80 to 84 years 440 170 270
85 to 89 years 305 95 210
90 to 94 years 155 45 110
95 to 99 years 40 5 30
100 years and over 5 5 5
Median age 41.2 38.6 44.1

Wetaskiwin – Median age2 of the population

The median age in Wetaskiwin was 41.2 years. In comparison, the median age of Alberta was 36.5 years.

Table 6 Canada, Alberta and Wetaskiwin – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
Alberta 36.0 36.5
Wetaskiwin 40.3 41.2

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families3 in Wetaskiwin was 3,405, which represents a change of 4.4% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In Wetaskiwin, 66.8% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 14.5% were common-law-couples and 18.8% were lone-parent families.

Wetaskiwin – Family structure

Table 7 Canada, Alberta, Wetaskiwin – 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
Wetaskiwin 3,405 2,275 66.8 495 14.5 640 18.8 4.4

Wetaskiwin – Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census agglomeration of Wetaskiwin, 42.4% 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 Wetaskiwin, 80.0% were intact families, that is, in which all children were the biological or adopted children of both parents, while 19.6% 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.

Wetaskiwin – Marital status

In Wetaskiwin, 56.2% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (46.5%) or living with a common-law partner (9.7%).

The remaining 43.7% 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, Wetaskiwin – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status Wetaskiwin Alberta Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 10,195 100.0 2,960,470 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 5,730 56.2 1,756,860 59.3 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 4,740 46.5 1,484,705 50.2 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 990 9.7 272,155 9.2 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 4,460 43.7 1,203,615 40.7 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 2,370 23.2 823,935 27.8 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 295 2.9 70,855 2.4 698,245 2.5
Divorced 790 7.7 177,375 6.0 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 1,005 9.9 131,440 4.4 1,584,525 5.7

Wetaskiwin – Types of private households

There were 5,130 private households4 in Wetaskiwin in 2011, a change of 7.5% from 2006. Of these, 22.1% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of -1.3% compared with five years earlier.

Table 9 Canada, Alberta, Wetaskiwin – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type5 Wetaskiwin Alberta Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Private households 5,130 100.0 1,390,275 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home6
1,135 22.1 407,145 29.3 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home7
1,535 29.9 406,380 29.2 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households8 575 11.2 128,330 9.2 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 1,595 31.1 342,735 24.7 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple-family households9 75 1.5 27,900 2.0 268,060 2.0
Other households10 210 4.1 77,785 5.6 543,340 4.1

Wetaskiwin – Structural type of dwelling

In Wetaskiwin, 59.1% 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, Wetaskiwin – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling Wetaskiwin Alberta Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 5,130 100.0 1,390,275 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 3,030 59.1 883,260 63.5 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 365 7.1 71,850 5.2 646,240 4.9
Row house 360 7.0 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 1,130 22.0 197,945 14.2 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 65 1.3 33,505 2.4 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house11 20 0.4 1,060 0.1 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling12 160 3.1 46,590 3.4 183,510 1.4

Language

Wetaskiwin – Mother tongue

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

Chart J description: Wetaskiwin - 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 Wetaskiwin, 86.5% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 1.4% reported French only, and 10.9% 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, 94.6% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 0.2% spoke only French and 3.0% 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 Wetaskiwin – Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home, 2011 Census
Selected languages Mother tongue Language spoken most often at home
number % number %
Total 12,240 100.0 12,235 100.0
English 10,590 86.5 11,570 94.6
French 170 1.4 20 0.2
Non-official language 1,340 10.9 370 3.0
Multiple responses 135 1.1 275 2.2
Table 12 Wetaskiwin – 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 99.7 99.6 0.1
French 30.0 12.5 17.5
Non-official language 61.3 35.3 26.0

Wetaskiwin – Non-official languages

In Wetaskiwin, the three most common mother tongues were German (3.2%), Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) (3.1%) and Cree, n.o.s. (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 Wetaskiwin – 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 390 26.7 3.2
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 385 26.4 3.1
Cree, n.o.s. 105 7.2 0.9
Spanish 80 5.5 0.7
Ukrainian 65 4.5 0.5

Wetaskiwin – Bilingualism

Table 14 Wetaskiwin – 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 3.7 2.7 76.5 2.2
0 to 19 4.8 4.5 100.0 3.3
20 to 44 3.7 2.8 100.0 2.2
45 to 64 3.6 2.2 76.9 3.0
65 and over 2.2 0.6 63.6 1.2
Table 15 Wetaskiwin – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 12,240 100.0
English only 11,735 95.9
French only 5 0.0
English and French 460 3.8
Neither English nor French 30 0.2

Symbols:

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not applicable
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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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