Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census subdivision of Squamish, DM - British Columbia 1

Map of Squamish, DM (shaded in green), British Columbia

Map of Squamish, DM

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Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A: Squamish, DM - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A description: Squamish, DM - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Prov. rank
39
Nat. rank
242

In 2011, Squamish (District municipality) had a population of 17,158, representing a percentage change of 14.8% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.

Land area is 104.88 square kilometres with a population density of 163.6 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, Squamish (District municipality) had 6,520 private dwellings occupied by usual residents. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 16.1%. For Canada as a whole, the number of private dwellings occupied by usual residents increased 7.1%.

Squamish (District municipality) is part of the census agglomeration of Squamish.

Population and dwelling counts

Squamish (District municipality) – Neighbouring census subdivisions

Table 1 Squamish (District municipality) – Neighbouring census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2011 2006 % change
Squamish-Lillooet D, B.C. RDA 836 839 -0.4
Cheakamus 11, B.C. IRI 56 82 -31.7
Kowtain 17, B.C. IRI 37 34 8.8
Seaichem 16, B.C. IRI 53 54 -1.9
Stawamus 24, B.C. IRI 97 96 1.0
Waiwakum 14, B.C. IRI 111 103 7.8
Yekwaupsum 18, B.C. IRI 23 20 15.0

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

Squamish, DM – Age distribution

Table 4 Squamish, DM – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 19.4% 19.7% 19.0%
15 to 64 71.1% 71.3% 70.9%
65 and over 9.6% 9.0% 10.1%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Squamish, DM was 9.6%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 71.1% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 19.4%. 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.

Squamish, DM – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 5 Squamish, DM – 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 17,155 14,950 2,205 14.7
0 to 14 3,325 3,060 265 8.7
15 to 64 12,195 10,560 1,635 15.5
65 and over 1,640 1,335 305 22.8
Males
Total 8,715 7,635 1,080 14.1
0 to 14 1,720 1,645 75 4.6
15 to 64 6,215 5,365 850 15.8
65 and over 785 625 160 25.6
Females
Total 8,440 7,315 1,125 15.4
0 to 14 1,605 1,410 195 13.8
15 to 64 5,980 5,195 785 15.1
65 and over 855 710 145 20.4

Squamish, DM – Population by five-year age groups and sex

Table 6 Squamish, DM – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 17,155 8,715 8,440
0 to 4 years 1,340 695 640
5 to 9 years 1,035 520 515
10 to 14 years 945 500 450
15 to 19 years 1,075 590 485
20 to 24 years 865 465 405
25 to 29 years 1,130 540 590
30 to 34 years 1,585 750 835
35 to 39 years 1,685 855 830
40 to 44 years 1,465 750 710
45 to 49 years 1,320 690 630
50 to 54 years 1,220 625 595
55 to 59 years 1,035 510 525
60 to 64 years 815 430 385
65 to 69 years 540 300 240
70 to 74 years 405 195 210
75 to 79 years 305 130 175
80 to 84 years 195 90 100
85 years and over 200 70 135
Median age 36.8 36.7 36.8

Squamish, DM – Median age2 of the population

In 2011, the median age in Squamish, DM was 36.8 years. In comparison, the median age of British Columbia was 41.9 years.

Table 7 Canada, British Columbia and Squamish, DM – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
British Columbia 40.8 41.9
Squamish, DM 35.9 36.8

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families3 in Squamish was 4,845, which represents a change of 13.5% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In Squamish, 65.5% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 20.1% were common-law-couples and 14.3% were lone-parent families.

Squamish – Family structure

Table 8 Canada, British Columbia, CSD of Squamish, DM 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
Squamish, DM 4,845 3,175 65.5 975 20.1 695 14.3 13.5
Squamish-Lillooet D, RDA 260 185 71.2 50 19.2 25 9.6 -7.1
Cheakamus 11, IRI 15 5 33.3 0 0.0 10 66.7 0.0
Seaichem 16, IRI 15 10 66.7 5 33.3 0 0.0 0.0
Stawamus 24, IRI 30 15 50.0 10 33.3 10 33.3 0.0
Waiwakum 14, IRI 30 10 33.3 5 16.7 15 50.0 20.0

Squamish – Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census subdivision of Squamish, 50.2% 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 * 1,720
Married couples without children * 1,450
Common-law-couples with children * 365
Common-law-couples without children * 610

Squamish – Marital status

In Squamish, 61.2% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (47.0%) or living with a common-law partner (14.2%).

The remaining 38.8% 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, Squamish, DM – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status Squamish, DM British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 13,835 100.0 3,722,690 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 8,465 61.2 2,154,575 57.9 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 6,505 47.0 1,832,605 49.2 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 1,960 14.2 321,965 8.6 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 5,365 38.8 1,568,120 42.1 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 3,560 25.7 1,014,270 27.2 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 405 2.9 102,035 2.7 698,245 2.5
Divorced 855 6.2 246,515 6.6 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 545 3.9 205,300 5.5 1,584,525 5.7

Squamish – Types of private households

There were 6,520 private households4 in Squamish in 2011, a change of 15.9% from 2006. Of these, 30.1% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of 14.6% compared with five years earlier.

Table 10 Canada, British Columbia, Squamish, DM – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type5 Squamish, DM British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total private households 6,520 100.0 1,764,635 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home6
1,960 30.1 431,135 24.4 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home7
1,870 28.7 532,995 30.2 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households8 625 9.6 168,530 9.6 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 1,525 23.4 498,925 28.3 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple family households9 185 2.8 50,410 2.9 268,060 2.0
Other households10 360 5.5 82,640 4.7 543,340 4.1

Squamish – Structural type of dwelling

In Squamish, 49.4% of private households lived in single-detached houses and 0.9% 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, Squamish, DM – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling Squamish, DM British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 6,520 100.0 1,764,640 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 3,220 49.4 842,120 47.7 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 515 7.9 52,825 3.0 646,240 4.9
Row house 915 14.0 130,370 7.4 791,600 5.9
Apartment, building that has five or more storeys 60 0.9 143,970 8.2 1,234,770 9.3
Apartment, building that has fewer than five storeys 1,140 17.5 361,150 20.5 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 350 5.4 184,355 10.4 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house11 5 0.1 2,885 0.2 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling12 325 5.0 46,960 2.7 183,510 1.4

Language

Squamish, DM – Mother tongue

Chart J: Squamish, DM - Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home

Chart J description: Squamish, DM - 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 Squamish, 80.6% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 2.8% reported French only, and 15.0% 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, 88.6% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 1.0% spoke only French and 8.1% 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 Squamish, DM – Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home, 2011 Census
Selected languages Mother tongue Language spoken most often at home
number % number %
Total 17,070 100.0 17,070 100.0
English 13,760 80.6 15,125 88.6
French 480 2.8 165 1.0
Non-official language 2,555 15.0 1,385 8.1
Multiple responses 280 1.6 395 2.3
Table 13 Squamish, DM – 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 99.6 99.3 0.3
French 63.1 31.5 31.5
Non-official language 78.1 59.0 19.2

Squamish, DM – Non-official languages

In Squamish, the three most common mother tongues were Panjabi (Punjabi) (7.0%), German (1.8%) and Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) (1.1%), 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 Squamish, DM – 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) 1,200 43.0 7.0
German 310 11.1 1.8
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 190 6.8 1.1
Spanish 130 4.7 0.8
Japanese 110 3.9 0.6

Squamish, DM – Bilingualism

Table 15 Squamish, DM – 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 10.8 9.3 85.3 5.1
0 to 19 11.9 11.9 70.0 6.7
20 to 44 13.3 10.9 90.2 5.7
45 to 64 7.3 5.2 88.0 4.3
65 and over 6.8 5.2 75.0 4.4
Table 16 Squamish, DM – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 17,070 100.0
English only 14,935 87.5
French only 15 0.1
English and French 1,870 11.0
Neither English nor French 240 1.4

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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