Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census subdivision of Peterborough, CY - Ontario 1

Map of Peterborough, CY (shaded in green), Ontario

Map of Peterborough, CY

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Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

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

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

Prov. rank
32
Nat. rank
70

In 2011, Peterborough (City) had a population of 78,698, representing a percentage change of 4.4% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.

Land area is 63.80 square kilometres with a population density of 1,233.6 persons per square kilometre. This compares to the provincial land area of 908,607.67 square kilometres with a population density of 14.1 persons per square kilometre.

In 2011, Peterborough (City) had 33,435 private dwellings occupied by usual residents. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 6.5%. For Canada as a whole, the number of private dwellings occupied by usual residents increased 7.1%.

Peterborough (City) is part of the census metropolitan area of Peterborough.

Population and dwelling counts

Peterborough (City) – Neighbouring census subdivisions

Table 1 Peterborough (City) – Neighbouring census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2011 2006 % change
Otonabee-South Monaghan, Ont. TP 6,660 6,812 A -2.2
Cavan-Monaghan, Ont. TP 8,601 8,828 -2.6
Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield, Ont. TP 16,846 17,027 A -1.1
Douro-Dummer, Ont. TP 6,805 6,954 -2.1

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

Table 2 Ontario – 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
Milton T 84,362 53,889 A 56.5
Whitchurch-Stouffville T 37,628 24,390 54.3
Ajax T 109,600 90,167 21.6
Brampton CY 523,911 433,806 20.8
Vaughan CY 288,301 238,866 20.7

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

Table 3 Ontario – 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
Thunder Bay, Unorganized NO 5,909 6,585 -10.3
Hearst T 5,090 5,620 -9.4
Dryden CY 7,617 8,195 -7.1
The Blue Mountains T 6,453 6,825 -5.5

Age and sex

Peterborough, CY – Age distribution

Table 4 Peterborough, CY – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 14.4% 15.7% 13.3%
15 to 64 65.6% 66.9% 64.4%
65 and over 20.0% 17.4% 22.3%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Peterborough, CY was 20.0%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 65.6% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 14.4%. 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.

Peterborough, CY – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 5 Peterborough, 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 78,700 75,405 3,295 4.4
0 to 14 11,355 11,560 -205 -1.8
15 to 64 51,610 49,220 2,390 4.9
65 and over 15,730 14,630 1,100 7.5
Males
Total 37,005 35,315 1,690 4.8
0 to 14 5,805 5,925 -120 -2.0
15 to 64 24,770 23,545 1,225 5.2
65 and over 6,425 5,840 585 10.0
Females
Total 41,695 40,090 1,605 4.0
0 to 14 5,545 5,630 -85 -1.5
15 to 64 26,840 25,670 1,170 4.6
65 and over 9,305 8,790 515 5.9

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

Table 6 Peterborough, CY – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 78,700 37,005 41,695
0 to 4 years 3,910 1,925 1,980
5 to 9 years 3,540 1,865 1,675
10 to 14 years 3,905 2,010 1,890
15 to 19 years 5,140 2,580 2,560
20 to 24 years 6,460 3,160 3,300
25 to 29 years 5,450 2,670 2,780
30 to 34 years 4,400 2,135 2,270
35 to 39 years 4,115 2,025 2,095
40 to 44 years 4,500 2,120 2,380
45 to 49 years 5,400 2,565 2,835
50 to 54 years 5,740 2,670 3,070
55 to 59 years 5,350 2,520 2,835
60 to 64 years 5,055 2,330 2,725
65 to 69 years 3,835 1,720 2,110
70 to 74 years 3,155 1,395 1,760
75 to 79 years 3,050 1,320 1,730
80 to 84 years 2,745 1,105 1,640
85 years and over 2,945 880 2,065
Median age 42.7 40.3 44.8

Peterborough, CY – Median age2 of the population

In 2011, the median age in Peterborough, CY was 42.7 years. In comparison, the median age of Ontario was 40.4 years.

Table 7 Canada, Ontario and Peterborough, CY – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
Ontario 39.0 40.4
Peterborough, CY 41.8 42.7

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families3 in Peterborough was 21,640, which represents a change of 3.9% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In Peterborough, 65.0% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 15.7% were common-law-couples and 19.3% were lone-parent families.

Peterborough – Family structure

Table 8 Canada, Ontario, CSD of Peterborough, 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
Ontario  3,612,205 2,612,890 72.3 394,670 10.9 604,645 16.7 5.5
Peterborough, CY 21,640 14,075 65.0 3,390 15.7 4,175 19.3 3.9
Otonabee-South Monaghan, TP 2,100 1,660 79.0 260 12.4 180 8.6 0.7
Cavan-Monaghan, TP 2,635 2,060 78.2 315 12.0 255 9.7 -0.2
Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield, TP 5,365 4,230 78.8 605 11.3 530 9.9 0.6
Douro-Dummer, TP 2,140 1,710 79.9 220 10.3 215 10.0 -0.2

Peterborough – Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census subdivision of Peterborough, 40.6% 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 * 5,810
Married couples without children * 8,265
Common-law-couples with children * 1,280
Common-law-couples without children * 2,105

Peterborough – Marital status

In Peterborough, 53.0% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (42.9%) or living with a common-law partner (10.1%).

The remaining 47.0% 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, Ontario, Peterborough, CY – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status Peterborough, CY Ontario Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 67,345 100.0 10,671,050 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 35,675 53.0 6,158,605 57.7 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 28,895 42.9 5,367,400 50.3 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 6,785 10.1 791,210 7.4 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 31,665 47.0 4,512,440 42.3 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 18,880 28.0 2,985,020 28.0 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 2,475 3.7 319,805 3.0 698,245 2.5
Divorced 4,730 7.0 593,730 5.6 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 5,580 8.3 613,880 5.8 1,584,525 5.7

Peterborough – Types of private households

There were 33,435 private households4 in Peterborough in 2011, a change of 6.4% from 2006. Of these, 20.7% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of -4.0% compared with five years earlier.

Table 10 Canada, Ontario, Peterborough, CY – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type5 Peterborough, CY Ontario Canada
number % number % number %
Total private households 33,435 100.0 4,887,505 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home6
6,910 20.7 1,402,420 28.7 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home7
10,025 30.0 1,408,120 28.8 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households8 3,915 11.7 535,825 11.0 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 10,150 30.4 1,230,980 25.2 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple family households9 390 1.2 128,660 2.6 268,060 2.0
Other households10 2,040 6.1 181,500 3.7 543,340 4.1

Peterborough – Structural type of dwelling

In Peterborough, 58.8% of private households lived in single-detached houses and 7.4% lived in apartments in buildings that have five or more storeys. The rest lived in other types of dwelling structures.

Table 11 Canada, Ontario, Peterborough, CY – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling Peterborough, CY Ontario Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 33,435 100.0 4,887,510 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 19,645 58.8 2,718,880 55.6 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 780 2.3 279,470 5.7 646,240 4.9
Row house 2,655 7.9 415,230 8.5 791,600 5.9
Apartment, building that has five or more storeys 2,490 7.4 789,975 16.2 1,234,770 9.3
Apartment, building that has fewer than five storeys 5,435 16.3 498,160 10.2 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 2,390 7.1 160,460 3.3 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house11 35 0.1 9,535 0.2 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling12 5 0.0 15,795 0.3 183,510 1.4

Language

Peterborough, CY – Mother tongue

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

Chart J description: Peterborough, 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 Peterborough, 92.3% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 1.2% reported French only, and 5.9% reported a non-official language only, in 2011. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 68.2% for English only, 3.9% for French only and 25.7% for only non-official languages.

In 2011, 96.4% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 0.3% spoke only French and 2.2% spoke only a non-official language. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 79.0% for only English, 2.2% for only French and 14.4% for only a non-official language.

Table 12 Peterborough, 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 77,565 100.0 77,565 100.0
English 71,555 92.3 74,795 96.4
French 900 1.2 265 0.3
Non-official language 4,605 5.9 1,710 2.2
Multiple responses 510 0.7 800 1.0
Table 13 Peterborough, 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 99.9 99.8 0.1
French 51.9 26.4 25.5
Non-official language 68.4 44.3 24.1

Peterborough, CY – Non-official languages

In Peterborough, the three most common mother tongues were German (0.7%), Dutch (0.5%) and Polish (0.5%), in 2011. In comparison, the most common mother tongues at the provincial / territorial level were Italian (2.1%), Chinese, n.o.s. (1.6%) and Cantonese (1.5%).

Table 14 Peterborough, 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.
German 530 10.7 0.7
Dutch 370 7.5 0.5
Polish 360 7.3 0.5
Spanish 315 6.4 0.4
Chinese, n.o.s. 305 6.1 0.4

Peterborough, CY – Bilingualism

Table 15 Peterborough, 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 7.2 6.2 87.2 6.7
0 to 19 10.4 9.7 92.0 12.1
20 to 44 8.6 7.8 92.2 6.5
45 to 64 5.4 4.1 89.1 7.0
65 and over 3.8 2.3 79.6 4.7
Table 16 Peterborough, CY – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 77,570 100.0
English only 71,665 92.4
French only 20 0.0
English and French 5,670 7.3
Neither English nor French 215 0.3

Symbols:

···
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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