Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census subdivision of Sturgeon County, MD - Alberta 1

Map of Sturgeon County, MD (shaded in green), Alberta

Map of Sturgeon County, MD

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Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A: Sturgeon County, MD - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A description: Sturgeon County, MD - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Prov. rank
18
Nat. rank
205

In 2011, Sturgeon County (Municipal district) had a population of 19,578, representing a percentage change of 5.5% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.

Land area is 2,088.55 square kilometres with a population density of 9.4 persons per square kilometre. This compares to the provincial land area of 640,081.87 square kilometres with a population density of 5.7 persons per square kilometre.

In 2011, Sturgeon County (Municipal district) had 6,546 private dwellings occupied by usual residents. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 8.8%. For Canada as a whole, the number of private dwellings occupied by usual residents increased 7.1%.

Sturgeon County (Municipal district) is part of the census metropolitan area of Edmonton.

Population and dwelling counts

Sturgeon County (Municipal district) – Neighbouring census subdivisions

Table 1 Sturgeon County (Municipal district) – Neighbouring census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2011 2006 % change
Lamont County, Alta. MD 3,872 3,905 A -0.8
Parkland County, Alta. MD 30,568 29,220 A 4.6
Strathcona County, Alta. SM 92,490 82,511 12.1
Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. CY 19,051 14,957 27.4
Edmonton, Alta. CY 812,201 730,372 11.2
St. Albert, Alta. CY 61,466 57,764 A 6.4
Gibbons, Alta. T 3,030 2,642 14.7
Redwater, Alta. T 1,915 2,202 A -13.0
Bon Accord, Alta. T 1,488 1,534 -3.0
Morinville, Alta. T 8,569 6,775 26.5
Legal, Alta. T 1,225 1,192 2.8
Alexander 134, Alta. IRI 1,027 962 6.8
Lac Ste. Anne County, Alta. MD 10,260 9,880 A 3.8
Sandy Beach, Alta. SV 223 239 -6.7
Barrhead County No. 11, Alta. MD 6,096 5,845 4.3
Westlock County, Alta. MD 7,644 6,910 10.6
Thorhild County No. 7, Alta. MD 3,417 3,547 A -3.7

Alberta – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the highest population growth

Table 2 Alberta – 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
Chestermere T 14,824 9,923 A 49.4
Beaumont T 13,284 8,961 48.2
Airdrie CY 42,564 28,927 47.1
Leduc CY 24,279 16,967 43.1
Okotoks T 24,511 17,150 A 42.9

Alberta – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the lowest population growth

Table 3 Alberta – 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
Lac la Biche County MD 8,402 9,123 A -7.9
Willow Creek No. 26 MD 5,107 5,337 -4.3
Crowsnest Pass SM 5,565 5,749 -3.2
Greenview No. 16 MD 5,299 5,464 -3.0
Lethbridge County MD 10,061 10,254 A -1.9

Age and sex

Sturgeon County, MD – Age distribution

Table 4 Sturgeon County, MD – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 20.7% 21.0% 20.3%
15 to 64 69.6% 69.0% 70.2%
65 and over 9.8% 10.0% 9.5%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Sturgeon County, MD was 9.8%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 69.6% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 20.7%. 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.

Sturgeon County, MD – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 5 Sturgeon County, MD – 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 19,580 18,565 1,015 5.5
0 to 14 4,055 3,930 125 3.2
15 to 64 13,620 13,055 565 4.3
65 and over 1,910 1,580 330 20.9
Males
Total 10,230 9,950 280 2.8
0 to 14 2,150 2,115 35 1.7
15 to 64 7,055 6,930 125 1.8
65 and over 1,020 910 110 12.1
Females
Total 9,350 8,615 735 8.5
0 to 14 1,900 1,815 85 4.7
15 to 64 6,560 6,130 430 7.0
65 and over 890 670 220 32.8

Sturgeon County, MD – Population by five-year age groups and sex

Table 6 Sturgeon County, MD – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 19,580 10,230 9,350
0 to 4 years 1,185 625 560
5 to 9 years 1,315 690 625
10 to 14 years 1,555 840 710
15 to 19 years 1,570 830 745
20 to 24 years 1,285 705 575
25 to 29 years 1,020 545 470
30 to 34 years 1,110 555 560
35 to 39 years 1,180 570 605
40 to 44 years 1,455 725 735
45 to 49 years 1,715 860 855
50 to 54 years 1,710 870 830
55 to 59 years 1,410 760 650
60 to 64 years 1,160 630 525
65 to 69 years 770 415 355
70 to 74 years 500 265 235
75 to 79 years 325 185 140
80 to 84 years 180 95 80
85 years and over 135 55 75
Median age 38.4 38.0 38.7

Sturgeon County, MD – Median age2 of the population

In 2011, the median age in Sturgeon County, MD was 38.4 years. In comparison, the median age of Alberta was 36.5 years.

Table 7 Canada, Alberta and Sturgeon County, MD – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
Alberta 36.0 36.5
Sturgeon County, MD 37.1 38.4

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families3 in Sturgeon County was 5,740, which represents a change of 7.8% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In Sturgeon County, 82.3% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 10.3% were common-law-couples and 7.4% were lone-parent families.

Sturgeon County – Family structure

Table 8 Canada, Alberta, CSD of Sturgeon County, MD 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
Alberta  999,525 719,355 72.0 135,660 13.6 144,510 14.5 10.5
Sturgeon County, MD 5,740 4,725 82.3 590 10.3 425 7.4 7.8
Lamont County, MD 1,230 980 79.7 130 10.6 120 9.8 3.4
Parkland County, MD 9,355 7,515 80.3 1,035 11.1 805 8.6 5.7
Strathcona County, SM 27,415 21,880 79.8 2,495 9.1 3,030 11.1 11.8
Fort Saskatchewan, CY 5,495 3,925 71.4 815 14.8 750 13.6 25.6
Edmonton, CY 214,560 146,950 68.5 29,530 13.8 38,085 17.8 10.1
St. Albert, CY 17,995 13,955 77.5 1,715 9.5 2,325 12.9 6.3
Gibbons, T 860 600 69.8 145 16.9 110 12.8 11.7
Redwater, T 545 365 67.0 95 17.4 85 15.6 -18.0
Bon Accord, T 445 310 69.7 80 18.0 55 12.4 2.3
Morinville, T 2,470 1,780 72.1 365 14.8 330 13.4 26.3
Legal, T 340 255 75.0 45 13.2 50 14.7 3.0
Alexander 134, IRI 250 80 32.0 60 24.0 115 46.0 4.2
Lac Ste. Anne County, MD 3,170 2,440 77.0 470 14.8 260 8.2 4.8
Sandy Beach, SV 70 45 64.3 15 21.4 5 7.1 0.0
Barrhead County No. 11, MD 1,800 1,550 86.1 130 7.2 115 6.4 6.8
Westlock County, MD 2,215 1,770 79.9 220 9.9 225 10.2 11.0
Thorhild County No. 7, MD 1,045 770 73.7 155 14.8 120 11.5 -1.4

Sturgeon County – Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census subdivision of Sturgeon County, 51.8% 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 * 2,515
Married couples without children * 2,210
Common-law-couples with children * 240
Common-law-couples without children * 350

Sturgeon County – Marital status

In Sturgeon County, 69.4% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (61.8%) or living with a common-law partner (7.6%).

The remaining 30.6% 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, Alberta, Sturgeon County, MD – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status Sturgeon County, MD Alberta Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 15,525 100.0 2,960,470 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 10,770 69.4 1,756,860 59.3 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 9,595 61.8 1,484,705 50.2 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 1,185 7.6 272,155 9.2 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 4,750 30.6 1,203,615 40.7 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 3,585 23.1 823,935 27.8 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 235 1.5 70,855 2.4 698,245 2.5
Divorced 515 3.3 177,375 6.0 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 415 2.7 131,440 4.4 1,584,525 5.7

Sturgeon County – Types of private households

There were 6,545 private households4 in Sturgeon County in 2011, a change of 8.9% from 2006. Of these, 41.2% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of 7.4% compared with five years earlier.

Table 10 Canada, Alberta, Sturgeon County, MD – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type5 Sturgeon County, MD Alberta Canada
number % number % number %
Total private households 6,545 100.0 1,390,275 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home6
2,695 41.2 407,145 29.3 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home7
2,435 37.2 406,380 29.2 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households8 360 5.5 128,330 9.2 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 800 12.2 342,735 24.7 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple family households9 120 1.8 27,900 2.0 268,060 2.0
Other households10 130 2.0 77,785 5.6 543,340 4.1

Sturgeon County – Structural type of dwelling

In Sturgeon County, 87.9% 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, Alberta, Sturgeon County, MD – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling Sturgeon County, MD Alberta Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 6,545 100.0 1,390,275 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 5,750 87.9 883,260 63.5 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 295 4.5 71,850 5.2 646,240 4.9
Row house 0 0.0 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 0 0.0 197,945 14.2 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 5 0.1 33,505 2.4 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house11 5 0.1 1,060 0.1 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling12 495 7.6 46,590 3.4 183,510 1.4

Language

Sturgeon County, MD – Mother tongue

Chart J: Sturgeon County, MD - Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home

Chart J description: Sturgeon County, MD - 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 Sturgeon County, 87.5% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 4.0% reported French only, and 7.7% reported a non-official language only, 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, 96.1% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 1.3% spoke only French and 1.7% spoke only a non-official language. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 85.7% for only English, 0.7% for only French and 10.5% for only a non-official language.

Table 12 Sturgeon County, MD – Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home, 2011 Census
Selected languages Mother tongue Language spoken most often at home
number % number %
Total 19,535 100.0 19,535 100.0
English 17,085 87.5 18,775 96.1
French 790 4.0 245 1.3
Non-official language 1,500 7.7 335 1.7
Multiple responses 160 0.8 185 0.9
Table 13 Sturgeon County, MD – 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 99.9 99.8 0.1
French 49.7 29.6 20.1
Non-official language 51.7 27.6 24.1

Sturgeon County, MD – Non-official languages

In Sturgeon County, the three most common mother tongues were German (2.3%), Ukrainian (1.6%) and Dutch (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 14 Sturgeon County, MD – 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 440 27.2 2.3
Ukrainian 310 19.1 1.6
Dutch 145 9.0 0.7
Italian 110 6.8 0.6
Portuguese 95 5.9 0.5

Sturgeon County, MD – Bilingualism

Table 15 Sturgeon County, MD – 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 7.7 4.7 81.0 3.7
0 to 19 7.8 6.4 75.0 3.3
20 to 44 8.6 5.7 86.0 5.6
45 to 64 6.7 2.3 81.3 4.4
65 and over 8.0 2.3 81.5 2.3
Table 16 Sturgeon County, MD – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 19,535 100.0
English only 17,940 91.8
French only 35 0.2
English and French 1,540 7.9
Neither English nor French 15 0.1

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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