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In metropolitan and non-metropolitan Canada, only census metropolitan areas as a group have experienced a rate of population growth above the national average

Between 2006 and 2011, only census metropolitan areas (CMAs) as a group has grown at a rate above the national average, at 7.4% compared with 5.9%. The population living in all other regions of Canada, that is in census agglomerations (CAs) and in regions outside of CMAs and CAs, grew at a rate lower than the national average.

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33.5 million Canadians enumerated

On May 10, 2011, 33,476,688 people were enumerated in the census. This is almost twice as many people as in 1961, when Canada was experiencing a major baby boom. It is also about 10 times as many people as in the 1861 Census, a few years before the signing of the British North America Act that created the Canadian Confederation, when 3.2 million people were enumerated in the census.

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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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Port Alberni, British Columbia

2011 Census Profile (selected characteristics) - Port Alberni, British Columbia
Place type City
Population in 2011 17,743
Population in 2006 17,548
Percent change, 2006 to 2011 +1.1
Median age 46.6
Percent aged 15 and over 83.9
Population density (sq. km) 897.9
Land area (sq. km) 19.76
Number of private households 7,940
Avg. number of persons in private households 2.2

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