Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Province of Saskatchewan 1

Map of Canada with the province of Saskatchewan shaded in green

Map of Saskatchewan

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In 2011, the enumerated population of Saskatchewan was 1,033,381 which represents a change of 6.7% from 2006. This compares to the national average of 5.9%.

The land area of Saskatchewan is 588,239.21 square kilometres with a population density of 1.8 persons per square kilometre. This compares to the national land area of 8,965,121.42 square kilometres with a population density of 3.7 persons per square kilometre.

In total, there were 409,645 private dwellings occupied by usual residents in Saskatchewan in 2011. This represents an increase of 5.8% of the number of private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006. For Canada as a whole, the total number of private dwellings occupied by usual residents increased 7.1%.

Population and dwelling counts

Canada, provinces and territories – Population, percentage change between 2006 and 2011

Table 1 Canada, provinces and territories – Population change, 2006 to 2011
Geographic name Population
2011 2006 Change % change % of nat. pop.
Canada  33,476,688 31,612,897 1,863,791 5.9 100.00
Newfoundland and Labrador 514,536 505,469 9,067 1.8 1.54
Prince Edward Island 140,204 135,851 4,353 3.2 0.42
Nova Scotia 921,727 913,462 8,265 0.9 2.75
New Brunswick 751,171 729,997 21,174 2.9 2.24
Quebec  7,903,001 7,546,131 356,870 4.7 23.61
Ontario  12,851,821 12,160,282 691,539 5.7 38.39
Manitoba  1,208,268 1,148,401 59,867 5.2 3.61
Saskatchewan  1,033,381 968,157 65,224 6.7 3.09
Alberta  3,645,257 3,290,350 354,907 10.8 10.89
British Columbia  4,400,057 4,113,487 286,570 7.0 13.14
Yukon 33,897 30,372 3,525 11.6 0.10
Northwest Territories 41,462 41,464 -2 0.0 0.12
Nunavut 31,906 29,474 2,432 8.3 0.10

Saskatchewan – Census metropolitan areas (CMAs), census agglomerations (CAs) and regions outside CMAs and CAs

In 2011, 60.9% of the population of Saskatchewan lived inside a census metropolitan area (CMA) or census agglomeration (CA). That represents 628,978 persons.


The number of persons living outside a census metropolitan area (CMA) and a census agglomeration (CA) was 404,403 which accounts for 39.1% of the provincial population.

Table 2 Saskatchewan - Metropolitan areas, populaton rank and population change, 2006 to 2011
CMA or CA name Type Population Rank
2011 2006 % change Nat. Prov.
Saskatoon CMA 260,600 233,923 11.4 17 1
Regina CMA 210,556 194,971 8.0 18 2
Prince Albert CA 42,673 40,766 4.7 70 3
Moose Jaw CA 34,421 33,360 3.2 81 4
Lloydminster CA 30,798 27,023 14.0 87 ···
Lloydminster (Saskatchewan part / partie de la Saskatchewan)   12,766 11,113 14.9 ··· 9
Lloydminster (Alberta part / partie de l'Alberta)   18,032 15,910 13.3 ··· 10
North Battleford CA 19,216 18,081 A 6.3 108 5
Yorkton CA 18,238 17,438 4.6 112 6
Swift Current CA 17,535 16,533 6.1 115 7
Estevan CA 12,973 11,883 A 9.2 133 8

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

Table 3 Saskatchewan – 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
Martensville CY 7,716 4,978 A 55.0
Warman T 7,084 4,769 A 48.5
Lloydminster (Part) CY 9,772 8,118 20.4
Humboldt CY 5,678 4,998 13.6
Weyburn CY 10,484 9,433 11.1

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

Table 4 Saskatchewan – 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
Corman Park No. 344 RM 8,354 8,266 A E 1.1
Prince Albert CY 35,129 34,127 A 2.9
Moose Jaw CY 33,274 32,132 3.6
Swift Current CY 15,503 14,946 3.7
Yorkton CY 15,669 15,038 4.2

Age and sex

Saskatchewan – Age distribution

Table 5 Saskatchewan – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 19.1% 19.7% 18.6%
15 to 64 66.0% 66.9% 65.1%
65 and over 14.9% 13.4% 16.4%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Saskatchewan was 14.9%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 66.0% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 19.1%. 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.

Saskatchewan – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 6 Saskatchewan – Population by broad age groups, sex and population change between 2006 and 2011, 2006 and 2011 censuses
Broad age groups by sex Population
2011 2006 change % change
Both sexes
Total 1,033,380 968,155 65,225 6.7
0 to 14 197,860 187,695 10,165 5.4
15 to 64 681,815 631,155 50,660 8.0
65 and over 153,710 149,305 4,405 3.0
Males
Total 511,555 475,240 36,315 7.6
0 to 14 101,015 95,960 5,055 5.3
15 to 64 342,240 314,210 28,030 8.9
65 and over 68,300 65,065 3,235 5.0
Females
Total 521,830 492,915 28,915 5.9
0 to 14 96,850 91,735 5,115 5.6
15 to 64 339,575 316,945 22,630 7.1
65 and over 85,405 84,240 1,165 1.4

Saskatchewan – Population by five-year age groups and sex

Table 7 Saskatchewan – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 1,033,380 511,555 521,830
0 to 4 years 68,760 35,070 33,690
5 to 9 years 63,350 32,480 30,870
10 to 14 years 65,750 33,465 32,285
15 to 19 years 71,755 36,870 34,885
20 to 24 years 72,610 37,140 35,470
25 to 29 years 70,395 35,510 34,880
30 to 34 years 65,340 32,750 32,585
35 to 39 years 61,150 30,270 30,880
40 to 44 years 61,470 30,545 30,920
45 to 49 years 74,630 36,815 37,810
50 to 54 years 77,475 38,850 38,625
55 to 59 years 70,055 35,185 34,865
60 to 64 years 56,940 28,305 28,645
65 to 69 years 41,500 20,445 21,055
70 to 74 years 33,825 16,055 17,770
75 to 79 years 28,950 13,200 15,750
80 to 84 years 23,960 10,165 13,790
85 to 89 years 15,805 5,800 10,005
90 to 94 years 7,250 2,115 5,135
95 to 99 years 2,100 465 1,635
100 years and over 320 55 260
Median age 38.2 37.0 39.2

Saskatchewan – Median age2 of the population in the last 90 years

The median age in Saskatchewan was 38.2 years. In comparison, the median age of Canada was 40.6 years.

Chart E: Saskatchewan - Median age of the population in the last 90 years

Chart E description: Saskatchewan - Median age of the population in the last 90 years

Table 8 Saskatchewan and Canada – Median age of the population, 1921 to 2011 censuses
Median age Census year
1921 1931 1941 1951 1961 1971 1981 1991 2001 2011
Canada 23.9 24.7 27.0 27.7 26.3 26.2 29.6 33.5 37.6 40.6
Saskatchewan 21.2 21.9 24.9 27.4 26.6 26.7 28.7 32.6 36.7 38.2

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families3 in Saskatchewan was 285,375, which represents a change of 6.7% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In Saskatchewan, 71.1% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 12.5% were common-law-couples and 16.4% were lone-parent families.

Family structure

Table 9 Canada, provinces and territories – 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
Newfoundland and Labrador 159,385 114,335 71.7 20,630 12.9 24,420 15.3 2.3
Prince Edward Island 40,850 29,695 72.7 4,570 11.2 6,580 16.1 4.2
Nova Scotia 270,065 184,870 68.5 38,460 14.2 46,735 17.3 1.0
New Brunswick 224,590 152,455 67.9 35,945 16.0 36,190 16.1 3.1
Quebec  2,203,625 1,143,370 51.9 694,750 31.5 365,515 16.6 3.9
Ontario  3,612,205 2,612,890 72.3 394,670 10.9 604,645 16.7 5.5
Manitoba  327,875 232,635 71.0 39,060 11.9 56,185 17.1 4.8
Saskatchewan  285,375 202,770 71.1 35,785 12.5 46,825 16.4 6.7
Alberta  999,525 719,355 72.0 135,660 13.6 144,510 14.5 10.5
British Columbia  1,238,155 887,990 71.7 160,360 13.0 189,805 15.3 6.6
Yukon 9,330 5,080 54.4 2,340 25.1 1,915 20.5 11.9
Northwest Territories 10,930 5,465 50.0 3,135 28.7 2,330 21.3 0.5
Nunavut 7,780 3,035 39.0 2,545 32.7 2,195 28.2 10.5

Saskatchewan – Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in Saskatchewan, 45.3% 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.

Among couples with children aged 24 and under at home in the province of Saskatchewan, 86.5% were intact families, that is, in which all children were the biological or adopted children of both parents, while 13.5% were stepfamilies, in which at least one child was the biological or adopted child of only one married spouse or common-law partner. For Canada as a whole in 2011, 12.6% of couples with children aged 24 and under at home were stepfamilies.



Saskatchewan – Marital status

In Saskatchewan, 58.4% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (49.8%) or living with a common-law partner (8.6%).


The remaining 41.6% 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 10 Canada, Saskatchewan – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status Saskatchewan Canada
number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 835,525 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 487,980 58.4 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 416,355 49.8 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 71,630 8.6 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 347,540 41.6 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 232,160 27.8 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 18,210 2.2 698,245 2.5
Divorced 43,670 5.2 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 53,500 6.4 1,584,525 5.7

Saskatchewan – Types of private households

There were 409,645 private households4 in Saskatchewan in 2011, a change of 5.8% from 2006. Of these, 25.5% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of 2.1% compared with five years earlier.

Table 11 Canada, Saskatchewan – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type5 Saskatchewan Canada
number % number %
Total - Private households 409,645 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children6 104,495 25.5 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children7 126,365 30.8 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households8 40,035 9.8 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 114,385 27.9 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple-family households9 6,990 1.7 268,060 2.0
Other households10 17,380 4.2 543,340 4.1

Saskatchewan – Size of private households

The average household size in Saskatchewan was 2.5 persons in 2011, compared to the Canadian average household size of 2.5 persons.

In Saskatchewan, the proportion of total private households with only one person has increased over time, while the proportion of larger households (five or more persons) has decreased.

Table 12 Saskatchewan – Proportion of total private households with one person and five or more persons, 1961 to 2011 censuses
Private household size 1961 1966 1971 1976 1981 1986 1991 1996 2001 2006 2011
One person 12.8 14.6 16.6 18.9 22.4 23.4 25.4 26.6 27.7 28.8 27.9
Five or more persons 29.8 28.8 25.2 19.6 15.0 13.5 12.4 11.9 10.4 9.1 9.3

Saskatchewan – Structural type of dwelling

In Saskatchewan, 74.0% of private households lived in single-detached houses and 2.6% lived in apartments in buildings that have five or more storeys. The rest lived in other types of dwelling structures.

Table 13 Canada, Saskatchewan – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling Saskatchewan Canada
number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 409,645 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 303,250 74.0 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 11,945 2.9 646,240 4.9
Row house 14,370 3.5 791,600 5.9
Apartment, building that has five or more storeys 10,830 2.6 1,234,770 9.3
Apartment, building that has fewer than five storeys 52,655 12.9 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 7,085 1.7 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house11 700 0.2 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling12 8,805 2.1 183,510 1.4

Language

Saskatchewan – Mother tongue

Chart J: Saskatchewan - Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home

Chart J description: Saskatchewan - 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 Saskatchewan, 84.5% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 1.6% reported French only, and 12.7% reported only a non-official language, in 2011. In comparison, the national percentages were 56.9% for English only, 21.3% for French only and 19.8% for non-official languages only.

In 2011, 92.1% of the population spoke English only most often at home, 0.4% spoke only French, and 5.8% spoke only a non-official language. In comparison, the national percentages were 64.8% for English only, 20.6% for French only and 11.1% for only a non-official language.

Table 14 Saskatchewan – Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home, 2011 Census
Selected language Mother tongue Language spoken most often at home
number % number %
Total 1,018,310 100.0 1,018,315 100.0
English 860,500 84.5 938,170 92.1
French 16,280 1.6 4,295 0.4
Non-official language 129,035 12.7 59,240 5.8
Aboriginal language 31,455 3.1 17,555 1.7
Non-Aboriginal language 97,575 9.6 41,685 4.1
Multiple responses 12,500 1.2 16,610 1.6
Table 15 Saskatchewan – 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 99.5 0.2
French 41.9 22.5 19.4
Non-official language 69.8 49.0 20.8
Aboriginal language 81.1 54.4 26.8
Non-Aboriginal language 66.1 47.2 18.8

Saskatchewan – Non-official languages

In Saskatchewan, the three most common mother tongues were German (2.6%), Cree, n.o.s. (2.4%) and Ukrainian (1.4%), in 2011. In comparison, the most common mother tongues at the national level were Panjabi (Punjabi) (1.4%), Chinese, n.o.s. (1.3%) and Spanish (1.3%).

Table 16 Saskatchewan – 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 26,970 19.3 2.6
Cree, n.o.s. 23,945 17.1 2.4
Ukrainian 14,395 10.3 1.4
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 10,990 7.9 1.1
Dene 8,380 6.0 0.8
Chinese, n.o.s. 5,545 4.0 0.5
Urdu 3,615 2.6 0.4
Spanish 3,490 2.5 0.3
Russian 2,490 1.8 0.2
Arabic 2,240 1.6 0.2

Saskatchewan – Bilingualism

Table 17 Saskatchewan – 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 4.5 3.4 79.4 2.1
0 to 19 4.9 4.8 71.4 2.7
20 to 44 4.9 4.4 82.1 2.3
45 to 64 3.6 1.8 78.9 2.2
65 and over 4.2 1.2 80.3 1.1
Table 18 Saskatchewan – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 1,018,310 100.0
English only 965,925 94.9
French only 430 0.0
English and French 46,570 4.6
Neither English nor French 5,395 0.5

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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