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Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census agglomeration of Kentville, Nova Scotia

Map of Kentville, CA (shaded in green), Nova Scotia

Map of Kentville

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Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A: Kentville, CA - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A description: Kentville, CA - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Prov. rank
5
Nat. rank
97

In 2011, the population of Kentville census agglomeration (CA) was 26,359, representing a percentage change of 1.5% from 2006. This compares to the national growth of 5.9% and to the average growth among all CAs of 4.2%.

In Kentville, the land area is 609.76 square kilometres with a population density of 43.2 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. The land area of all CAs is 232,264.62 square kilometres with 18.56 persons per square kilometre.

In total, there were 11,123 private dwellings occupied by usual residents in Kentville in 2011. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 4.3%. For Canada as a whole, the number of private dwellings occupied by usual residents increased 7.1%.

Population and dwelling counts

Census subdivisions in the Kentville CA

Table 1 Kentville CA – Census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name Type Population
2011 2006 % change
Kings, Subd. B SC 11,990 12,033 -0.4
Kings, Subd. C SC 8,275 8,121 1.9
Kentville T 6,094 5,815 4.8

Census metropolitan areas (CMAs) or census agglomerations (CAs) in Nova Scotia

Table 2 Nova Scotia – Metropolitan areas, population rank and population change, 2006 to 2011
CMA or CA name Type Population Rank
2011 2006 % change Nat. Prov.
Halifax CMA 390,328 372,858 4.7 13 1
Cape Breton CA 101,619 105,928 -4.1 36 2
Truro CA 45,888 45,077 1.8 67 3
New Glasgow CA 35,809 36,288 -1.3 78 4
Kentville CA 26,359 25,969 1.5 97 5

Age and sex

Kentville – Age distribution

Table 3 Kentville – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 16.0% 17.2% 14.9%
15 to 64 66.7% 66.8% 66.5%
65 and over 17.4% 16.0% 18.6%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Kentville was 17.4%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 66.7% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 16.0%. 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.

Kentville – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 4 Kentville – Population by broad age groups and 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 26,360 25,970 390 1.5
0 to 14 4,210 4,490 -280 -6.2
15 to 64 17,575 17,510 65 0.4
65 and over 4,575 3,970 605 15.2
Males
Total 12,650 12,475 175 1.4
0 to 14 2,170 2,300 -130 -5.7
15 to 64 8,450 8,410 40 0.5
65 and over 2,025 1,765 260 14.7
Females
Total 13,705 13,495 210 1.6
0 to 14 2,040 2,195 -155 -7.1
15 to 64 9,120 9,100 20 0.2
65 and over 2,545 2,210 335 15.2

Kentville – Population by five-year age groups and sex

Table 5 Kentville – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 26,360 12,650 13,705
0 to 4 years 1,285 675 615
5 to 9 years 1,360 675 680
10 to 14 years 1,560 820 745
15 to 19 years 1,785 915 875
20 to 24 years 1,565 745 815
25 to 29 years 1,210 570 640
30 to 34 years 1,400 655 745
35 to 39 years 1,525 710 815
40 to 44 years 1,840 925 920
45 to 49 years 2,125 1,000 1,120
50 to 54 years 2,250 1,085 1,165
55 to 59 years 2,005 945 1,060
60 to 64 years 1,865 905 960
65 to 69 years 1,435 665 775
70 to 74 years 1,135 530 595
75 to 79 years 865 410 455
80 to 84 years 595 245 355
85 to 89 years 345 120 220
90 to 94 years 150 45 100
95 to 99 years 45 10 35
100 years and over 5 0 0
Median age 44.0 42.9 45.0

Kentville – Median age1 of the population

The median age in Kentville was 44 years. In comparison, the median age of Nova Scotia was 43.7 years.

Table 6 Canada, Nova Scotia and Kentville – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
Nova Scotia 41.8 43.7
Kentville 41.8 44.0

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families2 in Kentville was 7,910, which represents a change of 1.4% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In Kentville, 67.5% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 14.7% were common-law-couples and 17.9% were lone-parent families.

Kentville – Family structure

Table 7 Canada, Nova Scotia, Kentville – 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
Nova Scotia 270,065 184,870 68.5 38,460 14.2 46,735 17.3 1.0
Kentville 7,910 5,340 67.5 1,160 14.7 1,415 17.9 1.4

Kentville – Presence of children within couple families

Chart G: Kentville - Presence of children within couple families
Married couples Common-law-couples
with children without children with children without children
2,110 (32.5%) 3,225 (49.7%) 500 ( 7.7%) 660 (10.2%)

Chart G description: Kentville - Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census agglomeration of Kentville, 40.1% 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 census agglomeration of Kentville, 82.8% were intact families, that is, in which all children were the biological or adopted children of both parents, while 17.2% were stepfamilies, in which there was 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 were stepfamilies.

Kentville – Marital status

In Kentville, 59.4% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (48.9%) or living with a common-law partner (10.5%).

The remaining 40.6% 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 8 Canada, Nova Scotia, Kentville – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status Kentville Nova Scotia Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 22,145 100.0 783,510 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 13,150 59.4 453,095 57.8 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 10,835 48.9 376,020 48.0 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 2,315 10.5 77,075 9.8 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 8,995 40.6 330,420 42.2 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 5,270 23.8 209,180 26.7 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 720 3.3 23,545 3.0 698,245 2.5
Divorced 1,540 7.0 46,060 5.9 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 1,470 6.6 51,625 6.6 1,584,525 5.7

Kentville – Types of private households

There were 11,125 private households3 in Kentville in 2011, a change of 4.3% from 2006. Of these, 23.1% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of -6.7% compared with five years earlier.

Table 9 Canada, Nova Scotia, Kentville – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type4 Kentville Nova Scotia Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Private households 11,125 100.0 390,280 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home5
2,565 23.1 88,450 22.7 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home6
3,745 33.7 128,065 32.8 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households7 1,290 11.6 42,445 10.9 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 2,985 26.8 108,795 27.9 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple-family households8 150 1.3 5,495 1.4 268,060 2.0
Other households9 385 3.5 17,030 4.4 543,340 4.1

Kentville – Structural type of dwelling

In Kentville, 69.9% of private households lived in single-detached houses and 0.1% lived in apartments in buildings that have five or more storeys. The rest lived in other types of dwelling structures.

Table 10 Canada, Nova Scotia, Kentville – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling Kentville Nova Scotia Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 11,125 100.0 390,280 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 7,775 69.9 260,435 66.7 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 725 6.5 19,450 5.0 646,240 4.9
Row house 70 0.6 9,175 2.4 791,600 5.9
Apartment, building that has five or more storeys 10 0.1 17,880 4.6 1,234,770 9.3
Apartment, building that has fewer than five storeys 1,570 14.1 56,485 14.5 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 535 4.8 11,970 3.1 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house10 20 0.2 705 0.2 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling11 415 3.7 14,175 3.6 183,510 1.4

Language

Kentville – Mother tongue

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

Chart J description: Kentville - 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 Kentville, 96.3% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 1.2% reported French only, and 2.1% reported only a non-official language, in 2011. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 91.8% for English only, 3.4% for French only and 4.1% for only non-official languages.

In 2011, 98.6% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 0.3% spoke only French and 0.7% spoke only a non-official language. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 97.3% for English only, 0.0% for French only and 0.9% for only a non-official language.

Table 11 Kentville – Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home, 2011 Census
Selected languages Mother tongue Language spoken most often at home
number % number %
Total 26,135 100.0 26,135 100.0
English 25,175 96.3 25,775 98.6
French 310 1.2 70 0.3
Non-official language 560 2.1 195 0.7
Multiple responses 90 0.3 95 0.4
Table 12 Kentville – Mother-tongue retention, 2011 Census
Mother tongue Mother-tongue retention12
(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 99.9 0.0
French 50.0 22.2 27.8
Non-official language 59.5 35.5 24.0

Kentville – Non-official languages

In Kentville, the three most common mother tongues were Dutch (0.7%), German (0.3%) and Spanish (0.2%), in 2011. In comparison, the most common mother tongues at the provincial / territorial level were Arabic (0.7%), Mi'kmaq (0.5%) and German (0.4%).

Table 13 Kentville – 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.
Dutch 170 28.1 0.7
German 70 11.6 0.3
Spanish 50 8.3 0.2
Arabic 30 5.0 0.1
Cantonese 25 4.1 0.1
Chinese, n.o.s. 25 4.1 0.1

Kentville – Bilingualism

Table 14 Kentville – 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 7.0 6.0 90.3 8.9
0 to 19 11.1 10.5 100.0 15.4
20 to 44 8.3 7.3 93.8 10.0
45 to 64 4.7 3.3 88.0 8.1
65 and over 3.9 2.3 85.7 6.3
Table 15 Kentville – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 26,135 100.0
English only 24,220 92.7
French only 5 0.0
English and French 1,875 7.2
Neither English nor French 45 0.2

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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