Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census agglomeration of Prince Rupert, British Columbia

Map of Prince Rupert, CA (shaded in green), British Columbia

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Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A: Prince Rupert, CA - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

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

Prov. rank
24
Nat. rank
131

In 2011, the population of Prince Rupert census agglomeration (CA) was 13,052, representing a percentage change of -2.5% from 2006. This compares to the national growth of 5.9% and to the average growth among all CAs of 4.2%.

In Prince Rupert, the land area is 222.94 square kilometres with a population density of 58.5 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 5,185 private dwellings occupied by usual residents in Prince Rupert in 2011. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was -2.0%. 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 Prince Rupert CA

Table 1 Prince Rupert CA – Census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name Type Population
2011 2006 % change
Prince Rupert CY 12,508 12,815 -2.4
Port Edward DM 544 577 -5.7

Census metropolitan areas (CMAs) or census agglomerations (CAs) in British Columbia

Table 2 British Columbia – Metropolitan areas, population rank and population change, 2006 to 2011
CMA or CA name Type Population Rank
2011 2006 % change Nat. Prov.
Vancouver CMA 2,313,328 2,116,581 9.3 3 1
Victoria  CMA 344,615 330,088 4.4 15 2
Kelowna CMA 179,839 162,276 10.8 22 3
Abbotsford - Mission CMA 170,191 159,020 7.0 23 4
Kamloops CA 98,754 92,797 A 6.4 37 5
Nanaimo CA 98,021 92,361 6.1 38 6
Chilliwack CA 92,308 82,465 A 11.9 42 7
Prince George CA 84,232 83,225 1.2 46 8
Vernon CA 58,584 55,418 5.7 56 9
Courtenay CA 55,213 51,383 A 7.5 58 10
Duncan CA 43,252 41,387 4.5 68 11
Penticton CA 42,361 41,303 A 2.6 71 12
Campbell River CA 36,096 34,707 A 4.0 77 13
Parksville CA 27,822 26,518 4.9 92 14
Fort St. John CA 26,380 25,136 4.9 96 15
Port Alberni CA 25,465 25,343 A 0.5 99 16
Cranbrook CA 25,037 24,138 3.7 100 17
Quesnel CA 22,096 21,049 A 5.0 104 18
Williams Lake CA 18,490 18,760 -1.4 110 19
Salmon Arm CA 17,683 16,205 9.1 114 20
Squamish CA 17,479 15,256 14.6 116 21
Powell River CA 16,689 16,537 0.9 119 22
Terrace CA 15,569 15,420 A 1.0 124 23
Prince Rupert CA 13,052 13,392 -2.5 131 24
Dawson Creek CA 11,583 10,994 5.4 145 25

Age and sex

Prince Rupert – Age distribution

Table 3 Prince Rupert – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 19.2% 19.3% 19.2%
15 to 64 69.0% 69.2% 68.7%
65 and over 11.8% 11.6% 12.1%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Prince Rupert was 11.8%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 69.0% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 19.2%. 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.

Prince Rupert – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 4 Prince Rupert – 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 13,050 13,390 -340 -2.5
0 to 14 2,510 2,715 -205 -7.6
15 to 64 9,005 9,270 -265 -2.9
65 and over 1,545 1,405 140 10.0
Males
Total 6,535 6,645 -110 -1.7
0 to 14 1,260 1,415 -155 -11.0
15 to 64 4,525 4,560 -35 -0.8
65 and over 755 665 90 13.5
Females
Total 6,515 6,750 -235 -3.5
0 to 14 1,250 1,300 -50 -3.8
15 to 64 4,475 4,710 -235 -5.0
65 and over 790 740 50 6.8

Prince Rupert – Population by five-year age groups and sex

Table 5 Prince Rupert – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 13,050 6,535 6,515
0 to 4 years 835 410 430
5 to 9 years 810 410 405
10 to 14 years 860 440 420
15 to 19 years 985 515 465
20 to 24 years 860 445 420
25 to 29 years 665 325 345
30 to 34 years 745 365 380
35 to 39 years 875 400 475
40 to 44 years 900 445 460
45 to 49 years 1,020 515 510
50 to 54 years 1,160 580 580
55 to 59 years 970 505 465
60 to 64 years 820 435 385
65 to 69 years 560 300 265
70 to 74 years 390 205 180
75 to 79 years 240 110 125
80 to 84 years 200 85 110
85 to 89 years 95 35 60
90 to 94 years 40 15 30
95 to 99 years 10 0 5
100 years and over 0 0 0
Median age 39.5 39.6 39.3

Prince Rupert – Median age1 of the population

The median age in Prince Rupert was 39.5 years. In comparison, the median age of British Columbia was 41.9 years.

Table 6 Canada, British Columbia and Prince Rupert – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
British Columbia 40.8 41.9
Prince Rupert 38.6 39.5

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families2 in Prince Rupert was 3,695, which represents a change of -3.3% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In Prince Rupert, 57.9% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 18.9% were common-law-couples and 23.3% were lone-parent families.

Prince Rupert – Family structure

Table 7 Canada, British Columbia, Prince Rupert – 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
British Columbia  1,238,155 887,990 71.7 160,360 13.0 189,805 15.3 6.6
Prince Rupert 3,695 2,140 57.9 700 18.9 860 23.3 -3.3

Prince Rupert – Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census agglomeration of Prince Rupert, 48.4% 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 Prince Rupert, 82.9% were intact families, that is, in which all children were the biological or adopted children of both parents, while 17.5% 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.

Prince Rupert – Marital status

In Prince Rupert, 55.2% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (41.8%) or living with a common-law partner (13.4%).

The remaining 44.8% 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, British Columbia, Prince Rupert – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status Prince Rupert British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 10,540 100.0 3,722,690 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 5,815 55.2 2,154,575 57.9 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 4,405 41.8 1,832,605 49.2 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 1,410 13.4 321,965 8.6 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 4,725 44.8 1,568,120 42.1 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 3,235 30.7 1,014,270 27.2 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 335 3.2 102,035 2.7 698,245 2.5
Divorced 595 5.6 246,515 6.6 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 560 5.3 205,300 5.5 1,584,525 5.7

Prince Rupert – Types of private households

There were 5,185 private households3 in Prince Rupert in 2011, a change of -2.0% from 2006. Of these, 25.2% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of -1.1% compared with five years earlier.

Table 9 Canada, British Columbia, Prince Rupert – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type4 Prince Rupert British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Private households 5,185 100.0 1,764,635 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home5
1,305 25.2 431,135 24.4 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home6
1,375 26.5 532,995 30.2 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households7 755 14.6 168,530 9.6 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 1,425 27.5 498,925 28.3 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple-family households8 130 2.5 50,410 2.9 268,060 2.0
Other households9 200 3.9 82,640 4.7 543,340 4.1

Prince Rupert – Structural type of dwelling

In Prince Rupert, 58.3% 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, British Columbia, Prince Rupert – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling Prince Rupert British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 5,185 100.0 1,764,640 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 3,025 58.3 842,120 47.7 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 235 4.5 52,825 3.0 646,240 4.9
Row house 330 6.4 130,370 7.4 791,600 5.9
Apartment, building that has five or more storeys 0 0.0 143,970 8.2 1,234,770 9.3
Apartment, building that has fewer than five storeys 790 15.2 361,150 20.5 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 675 13.0 184,355 10.4 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house10 15 0.3 2,885 0.2 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling11 125 2.4 46,960 2.7 183,510 1.4

Language

Prince Rupert – Mother tongue

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

Chart J description: Prince Rupert - 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 Prince Rupert, 84.4% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 1.0% reported French only, and 13.2% reported only a non-official language, in 2011. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 70.3% for English only, 1.3% for French only and 26.5% for only non-official languages.

In 2011, 91.9% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 0.2% spoke only French and 5.9% spoke only a non-official language. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 80.5% for English only, 0.4% for French only and 15.4% for only a non-official language.

Table 11 Prince Rupert – Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home, 2011 Census
Selected languages Mother tongue Language spoken most often at home
number % number %
Total 12,980 100.0 12,980 100.0
English 10,950 84.4 11,935 91.9
French 125 1.0 25 0.2
Non-official language 1,710 13.2 760 5.9
Multiple responses 200 1.5 260 2.0
Table 12 Prince Rupert – 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 37.5 12.5 25.0
Non-official language 71.7 48.4 23.3

Prince Rupert – Non-official languages

In Prince Rupert, the three most common mother tongues were Vietnamese (2.7%), Panjabi (Punjabi) (1.9%) and Italian (1.3%), in 2011. In comparison, the most common mother tongues at the provincial / territorial level were Panjabi (Punjabi) (4.5%), Cantonese (3.2%) and Chinese, n.o.s. (2.9%).

Table 13 Prince Rupert – 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.
Vietnamese 350 18.5 2.7
Panjabi (Punjabi) 250 13.2 1.9
Italian 170 9.0 1.3
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 135 7.1 1.0
Portuguese 105 5.6 0.8

Prince Rupert – Bilingualism

Table 14 Prince Rupert – 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 4.3 3.8 79.2 2.3
0 to 19 5.7 5.7 100.0 5.3
20 to 44 5.0 4.6 87.5 2.3
45 to 64 3.2 2.1 81.8 3.0
65 and over 1.7 0.5 60.0 1.2
Table 15 Prince Rupert – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 12,985 100.0
English only 12,300 94.7
French only 0 0.0
English and French 580 4.5
Neither English nor French 95 0.7

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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