Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census subdivision of Lac la Biche County, MD - Alberta 1

Map of Lac la Biche County, MD (shaded in green), Alberta

Map of Lac la Biche County, MD

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Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A: Lac la Biche County, MD - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A description: Lac la Biche County, MD - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Prov. rank
50
Nat. rank
451

In 2011, Lac la Biche County (Municipal district) had a population of 8,402, representing a percentage change of -7.9% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.

Land area is 16,300.95 square kilometres with a population density of 0.5 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, Lac la Biche County (Municipal district) had 2,989 private dwellings occupied by usual residents. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was -9.5%. For Canada as a whole, the number of private dwellings occupied by usual residents increased 7.1%.

Population and dwelling counts

Lac la Biche County (Municipal district) – Neighbouring census subdivisions

Table 1 Lac la Biche County (Municipal district) – Neighbouring census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2011 2006 % change
Division No. 18, Unorganized, Sask. NO 1,641 1,181 A 39.0
Bonnyville No. 87, Alta. MD 11,191 10,194 9.8
St. Paul County No. 19, Alta. MD 5,831 5,925 -1.6
Smoky Lake County, Alta. MD 3,910 3,357 16.5
White Fish Lake 128, Alta. IRI 1,188 1,237 -4.0
Beaver Lake 131, Alta. IRI 423 379 11.6
Heart Lake 167, Alta. IRI 159 165 -3.6
Athabasca County, Alta. MD 7,662 7,572 A E 1.2
Wood Buffalo, Alta. SM 65,565 51,496 E 27.3
Opportunity No. 17, Alta. MD 3,074 2,847 8.0

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

Lac la Biche County, MD – Age distribution

Table 4 Lac la Biche County, MD – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 21.3% 21.7% 21.0%
15 to 64 66.5% 66.5% 66.4%
65 and over 12.2% 11.9% 12.7%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Lac la Biche County, MD was 12.2%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 66.5% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 21.3%. 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.

Lac la Biche County, MD – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 5 Lac la Biche 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 8,400 9,125 -725 -7.9
0 to 14 1,790 2,165 -375 -17.3
15 to 64 5,585 5,925 -340 -5.7
65 and over 1,025 1,035 -10 -1.0
Males
Total 4,255 4,620 -365 -7.9
0 to 14 925 1,100 -175 -15.9
15 to 64 2,830 3,005 -175 -5.8
65 and over 505 515 -10 -1.9
Females
Total 4,150 4,500 -350 -7.8
0 to 14 870 1,070 -200 -18.7
15 to 64 2,755 2,920 -165 -5.7
65 and over 525 520 5 1.0

Lac la Biche County, MD – Population by five-year age groups and sex

Table 6 Lac la Biche County, MD – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 8,400 4,255 4,150
0 to 4 years 560 295 270
5 to 9 years 600 305 290
10 to 14 years 630 320 315
15 to 19 years 695 345 355
20 to 24 years 495 245 250
25 to 29 years 535 285 255
30 to 34 years 505 260 250
35 to 39 years 510 235 280
40 to 44 years 575 295 280
45 to 49 years 670 340 325
50 to 54 years 575 295 285
55 to 59 years 565 295 270
60 to 64 years 445 240 205
65 to 69 years 340 170 175
70 to 74 years 255 130 125
75 to 79 years 185 95 90
80 to 84 years 130 65 65
85 years and over 115 50 65
Median age 36.8 36.9 36.8

Lac la Biche County, MD – Median age2 of the population

In 2011, the median age in Lac la Biche County, MD was 36.8 years. In comparison, the median age of Alberta was 36.5 years.

Table 7 Canada, Alberta and Lac la Biche County, MD – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
Alberta 36.0 36.5
Lac la Biche County, MD 35.5 36.8

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families3 in Lac la Biche County was 2,360, which represents a change of -5.0% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In Lac la Biche County, 69.9% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 14.2% were common-law-couples and 15.9% were lone-parent families.

Lac la Biche County – Family structure

Table 8 Canada, Alberta, CSD of Lac la Biche 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
Lac la Biche County, MD 2,360 1,650 69.9 335 14.2 375 15.9 -5.0
Division No. 18, Unorganized, NO (Sask.) 480 295 61.5 70 14.6 120 25.0 35.2
Bonnyville No. 87, MD 3,345 2,525 75.5 455 13.6 370 11.1 11.5
St. Paul County No. 19, MD 1,780 1,485 83.4 155 8.7 135 7.6 0.0
Smoky Lake County, MD 1,125 760 67.6 190 16.9 180 16.0 18.4
White Fish Lake 128, IRI 285 90 31.6 85 29.8 120 42.1 -5.0
Beaver Lake 131, IRI 100 15 15.0 45 45.0 40 40.0 17.6
Heart Lake 167, IRI 30 10 33.3 20 66.7 5 16.7 0.0
Athabasca County, MD 2,330 1,830 78.5 290 12.4 210 9.0 2.0
Wood Buffalo, SM 17,730 11,755 66.3 4,010 22.6 1,965 11.1 25.0
Opportunity No. 17, MD 830 350 42.2 265 31.9 210 25.3 12.9

Lac la Biche County – Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census subdivision of Lac la Biche County, 49.4% 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.

Presence of children within couple families
* Children aged 24 and under at home
Married couples with children * 840
Married couples without children * 815
Common-law-couples with children * 145
Common-law-couples without children * 195

Lac la Biche County – Marital status

In Lac la Biche County, 61.9% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (51.6%) or living with a common-law partner (10.2%).

The remaining 38.1% 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, Lac la Biche County, MD – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status Lac la Biche County, MD Alberta Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 6,610 100.0 2,960,470 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 4,090 61.9 1,756,860 59.3 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 3,410 51.6 1,484,705 50.2 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 675 10.2 272,155 9.2 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 2,520 38.1 1,203,615 40.7 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 1,755 26.6 823,935 27.8 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 160 2.4 70,855 2.4 698,245 2.5
Divorced 295 4.5 177,375 6.0 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 315 4.8 131,440 4.4 1,584,525 5.7

Lac la Biche County – Types of private households

There were 2,990 private households4 in Lac la Biche County in 2011, a change of -9.5% from 2006. Of these, 31.4% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of -15.7% compared with five years earlier.

Table 10 Canada, Alberta, Lac la Biche County, MD – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type5 Lac la Biche County, MD Alberta Canada
number % number % number %
Total private households 2,990 100.0 1,390,275 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home6
940 31.4 407,145 29.3 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home7
945 31.6 406,380 29.2 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households8 320 10.7 128,330 9.2 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 605 20.2 342,735 24.7 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple family households9 75 2.5 27,900 2.0 268,060 2.0
Other households10 110 3.7 77,785 5.6 543,340 4.1

Lac la Biche County – Structural type of dwelling

In Lac la Biche County, 72.9% 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, Lac la Biche County, MD – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling Lac la Biche County, MD Alberta Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 2,990 100.0 1,390,275 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 2,180 72.9 883,260 63.5 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 15 0.5 71,850 5.2 646,240 4.9
Row house 60 2.0 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 260 8.7 197,945 14.2 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 30 1.0 33,505 2.4 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house11 0 0.0 1,060 0.1 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling12 445 14.9 46,590 3.4 183,510 1.4

Language

Lac la Biche County, MD – Mother tongue

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

Chart J description: Lac la Biche 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 Lac la Biche County, 76.6% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 7.3% reported French only, and 14.0% 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, 90.6% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 2.1% spoke only French and 4.9% 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 Lac la Biche 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 8,340 100.0 8,345 100.0
English 6,390 76.6 7,560 90.6
French 605 7.3 175 2.1
Non-official language 1,170 14.0 405 4.9
Multiple responses 180 2.2 200 2.4
Table 13 Lac la Biche 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 99.7 99.4 0.3
French 47.0 27.6 19.4
Non-official language 73.9 41.4 32.6

Lac la Biche County, MD – Non-official languages

In Lac la Biche County, the three most common mother tongues were Russian (5.5%), Cree, n.o.s. (2.6%) and Ukrainian (1.6%), 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 14 Lac la Biche 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.
Russian 460 35.2 5.5
Cree, n.o.s. 220 16.9 2.6
Ukrainian 135 10.3 1.6
Arabic 135 10.3 1.6
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 125 9.6 1.5

Lac la Biche County, MD – Bilingualism

Table 15 Lac la Biche 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 12.1 6.7 88.4 2.1
0 to 19 8.6 8.0 80.0 3.7
20 to 44 10.3 8.2 90.5 1.3
45 to 64 12.7 3.6 86.0 1.9
65 and over 23.7 7.0 88.1 2.0
Table 16 Lac la Biche County, MD – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 8,340 100.0
English only 7,280 87.3
French only 5 0.1
English and French 1,025 12.3
Neither English nor French 30 0.4

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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