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The population share of Canada's Western provinces now exceeds that of the Eastern provinces

In 2011, the population share of the Prairie provinces and British Columbia combined reached 30.7%, a proportion which for the first time exceeded that of the Atlantic provinces and Quebec combined (30.6%). The increased share of the Western provinces since 2006 is essentially due to the population growth of the Prairie provinces, whereas, in the past, was mostly attributable to the growth of British Columbia.

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Ten of the 15 census agglomerations with the strongest population growth between 2006 and 2011 are located in Alberta

From 2006 to 2011, 10 of the 15 census agglomerations posting the highest population growth were located in Alberta. As in the period between 2001 and 2006, Okotoks (Alberta), was the census agglomeration with the largest population growth between 2006 and 2011, at 42.9%. Wood Buffalo (Alberta), which ranked second for growth between 2001 and 2006, was again in second place between 2006 and 2011, with 27.1%.

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Population of census metropolitan areas younger on average than the population living elsewhere

According to the 2011 Census, seniors accounted for 13.7% of the population of Canada's census metropolitan areas (CMAs). This was lower than the share of 17.0% in census agglomerations (CAs) and 17.2% in regions located outside CMAs and CAs.

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Sooke, British Columbia

2011 Census Profile (selected characteristics) - Sooke, British Columbia
Place type District municipality
Population in 2011 11,435
Population in 2006 9,699
Percent change, 2006 to 2011 +17.9
Median age 40.8
Percent aged 15 and over 80.6
Population density (sq. km) 201.6
Land area (sq. km) 56.72
Number of private households 4,505
Avg. number of persons in private households 2.5

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