Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census subdivision of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, T - Newfoundland and Labrador

Map of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, T (shaded in green), Newfoundland and Labrador

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Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A: Happy Valley-Goose Bay, T - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A description: Happy Valley-Goose Bay, T - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Prov. rank
8
Nat. rank
500

In 2011, Happy Valley-Goose Bay (Town) had a population of 7,552, representing a percentage change of -0.3% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.

Land area is 305.85 square kilometres with a population density of 24.7 persons per square kilometre. This compares to the provincial land area of 370,510.76 square kilometres with a population density of 1.4 persons per square kilometre.

In 2011, Happy Valley-Goose Bay (Town) had 2,843 private dwellings occupied by usual residents. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 4.3%. For Canada as a whole, the number of private dwellings occupied by usual residents increased 7.1%.

Population and dwelling counts

Happy Valley-Goose Bay (Town) – Neighbouring census subdivisions

Table 1 Happy Valley-Goose Bay (Town) – Neighbouring census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2011 2006 % change
Division No. 10, Subd. C, N.L. SNO 54 58 A -6.9

Newfoundland and Labrador – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the highest population growth

Table 2 Newfoundland and Labrador – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the highest population growth, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2011 2006 % change
Paradise T 17,695 12,584 40.6
Torbay T 7,397 6,281 17.8
Clarenville T 6,036 5,274 14.4
Conception Bay South T 24,848 21,966 13.1
Portugal Cove-St. Philip's T 7,366 6,575 12.0

Newfoundland and Labrador – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the lowest population growth

Table 3 Newfoundland and Labrador – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the lowest population growth, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2011 2006 % change
Mount Pearl CY 24,284 24,671 -1.6
Corner Brook CY 19,886 20,083 -1.0
Happy Valley-Goose Bay T 7,552 7,572 -0.3
Grand Falls-Windsor T 13,725 13,558 1.2
Marystown T 5,506 5,436 1.3

Age and sex

Happy Valley-Goose Bay, T – Age distribution

Table 4 Happy Valley-Goose Bay, T – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 18.3% 18.7% 18.0%
15 to 64 72.9% 72.7% 73.2%
65 and over 8.7% 8.7% 8.8%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, T was 8.7%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 72.9% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 18.3%. 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.

Happy Valley-Goose Bay, T – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 5 Happy Valley-Goose Bay, T – Population by broad age groups, 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 7,550 7,570 -20 -0.3
0 to 14 1,385 1,520 -135 -8.9
15 to 64 5,505 5,530 -25 -0.5
65 and over 660 520 140 26.9
Males
Total 3,665 3,740 -75 -2.0
0 to 14 685 765 -80 -10.5
15 to 64 2,665 2,720 -55 -2.0
65 and over 320 255 65 25.5
Females
Total 3,885 3,830 55 1.4
0 to 14 700 760 -60 -7.9
15 to 64 2,845 2,810 35 1.2
65 and over 340 260 80 30.8

Happy Valley-Goose Bay, T – Population by five-year age groups and sex

Table 6 Happy Valley-Goose Bay, T – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 7,550 3,665 3,885
0 to 4 years 470 250 225
5 to 9 years 425 215 210
10 to 14 years 490 225 265
15 to 19 years 515 255 265
20 to 24 years 490 230 255
25 to 29 years 545 240 305
30 to 34 years 500 225 275
35 to 39 years 605 280 325
40 to 44 years 660 330 335
45 to 49 years 695 340 350
50 to 54 years 625 310 320
55 to 59 years 495 270 230
60 to 64 years 370 185 190
65 to 69 years 270 130 135
70 to 74 years 165 90 80
75 to 79 years 110 65 50
80 to 84 years 60 25 35
85 years and over 45 5 40
Median age 38.0 38.5 37.4

Happy Valley-Goose Bay, T – Median age1 of the population

In 2011, the median age in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, T was 38 years. In comparison, the median age of Newfoundland and Labrador was 44 years.

Table 7 Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador and Happy Valley-Goose Bay, T – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
Newfoundland and Labrador 41.7 44.0
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, T 35.7 38.0

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families2 in Happy Valley-Goose Bay was 2,335, which represents a change of 2.4% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In Happy Valley-Goose Bay, 63.8% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 20.6% were common-law-couples and 15.6% were lone-parent families.

Happy Valley-Goose Bay – Family structure

Table 8 Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador, CSD of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, T and neighbouring census subdivisions – 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
Newfoundland and Labrador 159,385 114,335 71.7 20,630 12.9 24,420 15.3 2.3
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, T 2,335 1,490 63.8 480 20.6 365 15.6 2.4
Division No. 10, Subd. C, SNO 15 15 100.0 0 0.0 5 33.3 0.0

Happy Valley-Goose Bay – Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census subdivision of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, 49.5% 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.

Presence of children within couple families
* Children aged 24 and under at home
Married couples with children * 750
Married couples without children * 740
Common-law-couples with children * 225
Common-law-couples without children * 255

Happy Valley-Goose Bay – Marital status

In Happy Valley-Goose Bay, 64.5% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (48.7%) or living with a common-law partner (15.7%).

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 9 Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, T – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status Happy Valley-Goose Bay, T Newfoundland and Labrador Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 6,165 100.0 437,905 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 3,975 64.5 273,040 62.4 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 3,005 48.7 231,745 52.9 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 965 15.7 41,295 9.4 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 2,195 35.6 164,870 37.6 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 1,590 25.8 107,375 24.5 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 110 1.8 8,700 2.0 698,245 2.5
Divorced 265 4.3 19,855 4.5 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 230 3.7 28,930 6.6 1,584,525 5.7

Happy Valley-Goose Bay – Types of private households

There were 2,840 private households3 in Happy Valley-Goose Bay in 2011, a change of 4.2% from 2006. Of these, 33.3% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of -6.9% compared with five years earlier.

Table 10 Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, T – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type4 Happy Valley-Goose Bay, T Newfoundland and Labrador Canada
number % number % number %
Total private households 2,840 100.0 208,840 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home5
945 33.3 54,010 25.9 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home6
935 32.9 75,980 36.4 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households7 315 11.1 21,745 10.4 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 510 18.0 46,325 22.2 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple family households8 65 2.3 3,780 1.8 268,060 2.0
Other households9 70 2.5 6,995 3.3 543,340 4.1

Happy Valley-Goose Bay – Structural type of dwelling

In Happy Valley-Goose Bay, 62.3% 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 11 Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, T – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling Happy Valley-Goose Bay, T Newfoundland and Labrador Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 2,840 100.0 208,845 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 1,770 62.3 155,295 74.4 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 535 18.8 8,330 4.0 646,240 4.9
Row house 225 7.9 10,050 4.8 791,600 5.9
Apartment, building that has five or more storeys 0 0.0 705 0.3 1,234,770 9.3
Apartment, building that has fewer than five storeys 170 6.0 11,375 5.4 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 60 2.1 21,305 10.2 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house10 5 0.2 415 0.2 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling11 75 2.6 1,365 0.7 183,510 1.4

Language

Happy Valley-Goose Bay, T – Mother tongue

Chart J: Happy Valley-Goose Bay, T - Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home

Chart J description: Happy Valley-Goose Bay, T - 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 Happy Valley-Goose Bay, 96.0% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 1.0% reported French only, and 2.4% reported a non-official language only, in 2011. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 97.6% for English only, 0.5% for French only and 1.7% for only non-official languages.

In 2011, 98.3% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 0.5% spoke only French and 0.7% spoke only a non-official language. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 98.5% for only English, 0.2% for only French and 1.0% for only a non-official language.

Table 12 Happy Valley-Goose Bay, T – Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home, 2011 Census
Selected languages Mother tongue Language spoken most often at home
number % number %
Total 7,460 100.0 7,460 100.0
English 7,160 96.0 7,335 98.3
French 75 1.0 35 0.5
Non-official language 180 2.4 50 0.7
Multiple responses 45 0.6 40 0.5
Table 13 Happy Valley-Goose Bay, T – 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 99.7 99.7 0.1
French 38.9 27.8 11.1
Non-official language 58.1 30.2 27.9

Happy Valley-Goose Bay, T – Non-official languages

In Happy Valley-Goose Bay, the three most common mother tongues were Inuktitut (0.5%), German (0.4%) and Innu/Montagnais (0.3%), in 2011. In comparison, the most common mother tongues at the provincial / territorial level were Innu/Montagnais (0.4%), Chinese, n.o.s. (0.2%) and Inuktitut (0.1%).

Table 14 Happy Valley-Goose Bay, T – 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.
Inuktitut 40 18.6 0.5
German 30 14.0 0.4
Innu/Montagnais 25 11.6 0.3
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 25 11.6 0.3

Happy Valley-Goose Bay, T – Bilingualism

Table 15 Happy Valley-Goose Bay, T – 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 5.5 4.9 66.7 5.6
0 to 19 10.1 9.7 33.3 20.0
20 to 44 5.4 4.9 100.0 0.0
45 to 64 2.8 1.7 80.0 8.3
65 and over 3.3 1.8 66.7 20.0
Table 16 Happy Valley-Goose Bay, T – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 7,460 100.0
English only 7,025 94.2
French only 5 0.1
English and French 425 5.7
Neither English nor French 5 0.1

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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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