Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census subdivision of Abbotsford, CY - British Columbia 1

Map of Abbotsford, CY (shaded in green), British Columbia

Map of Abbotsford, CY

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Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A: Abbotsford, CY - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A description: Abbotsford, CY - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Prov. rank
5
Nat. rank
35

In 2011, Abbotsford (City) had a population of 133,497, representing a percentage change of 7.4% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.

Land area is 375.55 square kilometres with a population density of 355.5 persons per square kilometre. This compares to the provincial land area of 922,509.29 square kilometres with a population density of 4.8 persons per square kilometre.

In 2011, Abbotsford (City) had 46,452 private dwellings occupied by usual residents. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 6.3%. For Canada as a whole, the number of private dwellings occupied by usual residents increased 7.1%.

Abbotsford (City) is part of the census metropolitan area of Abbotsford - Mission.

Population and dwelling counts

Abbotsford (City) – Neighbouring census subdivisions

Table 1 Abbotsford (City) – Neighbouring census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2011 2006 % change
Chilliwack, B.C. CY 77,936 69,217 12.6
Fraser Valley E, B.C. RDA 3,358 3,481 -3.5
Mission, B.C. DM 36,426 34,505 5.6
Fraser Valley G, B.C. RDA 1,764 1,914 -7.8
Upper Sumas 6, B.C. IRI 187 182 2.7
Matsqui Main 2, B.C. IRI 81 75 8.0
Langley, B.C. DM 104,177 93,726 11.2
Maple Ridge, B.C. DM 76,052 68,949 10.3

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

Table 2 British Columbia – 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
Langford CY 29,228 22,459 30.1
Lake Country DM 11,708 9,606 21.9
Port Moody CY 32,975 27,512 19.9
Kent DM 5,664 4,738 E 19.5
Surrey CY 468,251 394,976 18.6

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

Table 3 British Columbia – 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
Kitimat DM 8,335 8,987 -7.3
Peace River D RDA 5,479 5,749 -4.7
Esquimalt DM 16,209 16,840 -3.7
Hope DM 5,969 6,185 -3.5
Okanagan-Similkameen D RDA 5,717 5,913 -3.3

Age and sex

Abbotsford, CY – Age distribution

Table 4 Abbotsford, CY – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 19.0% 20.0% 18.0%
15 to 64 66.3% 66.6% 65.9%
65 and over 14.8% 13.4% 16.1%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Abbotsford, CY was 14.8%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 66.3% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 19.0%. 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.

Abbotsford, CY – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 5 Abbotsford, CY – 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 133,500 124,260 9,240 7.4
0 to 14 25,330 24,985 345 1.4
15 to 64 88,465 81,945 6,520 8.0
65 and over 19,700 17,330 2,370 13.7
Males
Total 65,870 61,300 4,570 7.5
0 to 14 13,160 12,950 210 1.6
15 to 64 43,890 40,765 3,125 7.7
65 and over 8,825 7,585 1,240 16.3
Females
Total 67,625 62,955 4,670 7.4
0 to 14 12,170 12,030 140 1.2
15 to 64 44,585 41,180 3,405 8.3
65 and over 10,875 9,745 1,130 11.6

Abbotsford, CY – Population by five-year age groups and sex

Table 6 Abbotsford, CY – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 133,500 65,870 67,625
0 to 4 years 8,535 4,380 4,150
5 to 9 years 8,245 4,310 3,930
10 to 14 years 8,550 4,460 4,090
15 to 19 years 9,470 4,810 4,665
20 to 24 years 9,175 4,655 4,520
25 to 29 years 9,280 4,670 4,615
30 to 34 years 8,720 4,265 4,455
35 to 39 years 8,435 4,155 4,280
40 to 44 years 9,045 4,460 4,580
45 to 49 years 9,390 4,785 4,600
50 to 54 years 9,290 4,605 4,680
55 to 59 years 8,180 3,935 4,240
60 to 64 years 7,485 3,540 3,940
65 to 69 years 5,700 2,790 2,910
70 to 74 years 4,430 2,060 2,370
75 to 79 years 3,635 1,685 1,950
80 to 84 years 2,960 1,265 1,695
85 years and over 2,980 1,030 1,950
Median age 37.9 36.7 38.9

Abbotsford, CY – Median age2 of the population

In 2011, the median age in Abbotsford, CY was 37.9 years. In comparison, the median age of British Columbia was 41.9 years.

Table 7 Canada, British Columbia and Abbotsford, CY – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
British Columbia 40.8 41.9
Abbotsford, CY 36.6 37.9

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families3 in Abbotsford was 37,130, which represents a change of 7.1% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In Abbotsford, 77.8% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 7.9% were common-law-couples and 14.3% were lone-parent families.

Abbotsford – Family structure

Table 8 Canada, British Columbia, CSD of Abbotsford, CY 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
British Columbia  1,238,155 887,990 71.7 160,360 13.0 189,805 15.3 6.6
Abbotsford, CY 37,130 28,875 77.8 2,925 7.9 5,325 14.3 7.1
Chilliwack, CY 22,060 15,780 71.5 2,715 12.3 3,565 16.2 12.1
Fraser Valley E, RDA 1,000 720 72.0 145 14.5 140 14.0 -3.8
Mission, DM 10,205 6,985 68.4 1,415 13.9 1,805 17.7 6.1
Fraser Valley G, RDA 500 350 70.0 80 16.0 70 14.0 -14.5
Upper Sumas 6, IRI 50 10 20.0 20 40.0 20 40.0 0.0
Matsqui Main 2, IRI 20 0 0.0 10 50.0 5 25.0 0.0
Langley, DM 30,095 22,845 75.9 3,130 10.4 4,120 13.7 11.6
Maple Ridge, DM 21,700 15,390 70.9 2,785 12.8 3,530 16.3 10.9

Abbotsford – Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census subdivision of Abbotsford, 49.9% 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 * 14,675
Married couples without children * 14,200
Common-law-couples with children * 1,205
Common-law-couples without children * 1,725

Abbotsford – Marital status

In Abbotsford, 60.7% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (55.2%) or living with a common-law partner (5.5%).

The remaining 39.3% 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, British Columbia, Abbotsford, CY – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status Abbotsford, CY British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 108,170 100.0 3,722,690 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 65,680 60.7 2,154,575 57.9 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 59,740 55.2 1,832,605 49.2 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 5,940 5.5 321,965 8.6 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 42,485 39.3 1,568,120 42.1 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 27,335 25.3 1,014,270 27.2 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 2,925 2.7 102,035 2.7 698,245 2.5
Divorced 6,080 5.6 246,515 6.6 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 6,150 5.7 205,300 5.5 1,584,525 5.7

Abbotsford – Types of private households

There were 46,450 private households4 in Abbotsford in 2011, a change of 6.3% from 2006. Of these, 29.2% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of -0.4% compared with five years earlier.

Table 10 Canada, British Columbia, Abbotsford, CY – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type5 Abbotsford, CY British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total private households 46,450 100.0 1,764,635 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home6
13,570 29.2 431,135 24.4 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home7
13,035 28.1 532,995 30.2 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households8 4,405 9.5 168,530 9.6 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 10,950 23.6 498,925 28.3 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple family households9 2,845 6.1 50,410 2.9 268,060 2.0
Other households10 1,645 3.5 82,640 4.7 543,340 4.1

Abbotsford – Structural type of dwelling

In Abbotsford, 43.6% of private households lived in single-detached houses and 1.9% lived in apartments in buildings that have five or more storeys. The rest lived in other types of dwelling structures.

Table 11 Canada, British Columbia, Abbotsford, CY – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling Abbotsford, CY British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 46,450 100.0 1,764,640 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 20,270 43.6 842,120 47.7 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 1,365 2.9 52,825 3.0 646,240 4.9
Row house 3,870 8.3 130,370 7.4 791,600 5.9
Apartment, building that has five or more storeys 900 1.9 143,970 8.2 1,234,770 9.3
Apartment, building that has fewer than five storeys 11,115 23.9 361,150 20.5 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 8,380 18.0 184,355 10.4 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house11 60 0.1 2,885 0.2 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling12 490 1.1 46,960 2.7 183,510 1.4

Language

Abbotsford, CY – Mother tongue

Chart J: Abbotsford, CY - Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home

Chart J description: Abbotsford, CY - 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 Abbotsford, 65.7% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 0.8% reported French only, and 31.6% reported a non-official language only, 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, 75.7% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 0.2% spoke only French and 20.0% spoke only a non-official language. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 80.5% for only English, 0.4% for only French and 15.4% for only a non-official language.

Table 12 Abbotsford, CY – Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home, 2011 Census
Selected languages Mother tongue Language spoken most often at home
number % number %
Total 131,820 100.0 131,820 100.0
English 86,660 65.7 99,815 75.7
French 1,095 0.8 205 0.2
Non-official language 41,670 31.6 26,365 20.0
Multiple responses 2,390 1.8 5,440 4.1
Table 13 Abbotsford, CY – 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 99.5 98.9 0.6
French 42.1 17.9 24.3
Non-official language 82.9 69.0 13.9

Abbotsford, CY – Non-official languages

In Abbotsford, the three most common mother tongues were Panjabi (Punjabi) (19.6%), German (4.5%) and Dutch (1.2%), 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 14 Abbotsford, CY – 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.
Panjabi (Punjabi) 25,825 58.9 19.6
German 5,940 13.5 4.5
Dutch 1,525 3.5 1.2
Korean 1,335 3.0 1.0
Spanish 1,050 2.4 0.8

Abbotsford, CY – Bilingualism

Table 15 Abbotsford, CY – 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 4.4 82.6 2.2
0 to 19 6.1 6.4 78.9 4.4
20 to 44 4.2 4.8 84.3 1.6
45 to 64 3.6 2.7 84.8 1.7
65 and over 2.8 2.0 77.2 1.2
Table 16 Abbotsford, CY – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 131,820 100.0
English only 118,290 89.7
French only 40 0.0
English and French 5,865 4.4
Neither English nor French 7,630 5.8

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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