Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census agglomeration of Sorel-Tracy, Quebec 1

Map of Sorel-Tracy, CA (shaded in green), Quebec

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Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A: Sorel-Tracy, CA - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

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

Prov. rank
13
Nat. rank
64

In 2011, the population of Sorel-Tracy census agglomeration (CA) was 47,772, representing a percentage change of 2.5% from 2006. This compares to the national growth of 5.9% and to the average growth among all CAs of 4.2%.

In Sorel-Tracy, the land area is 233.78 square kilometres with a population density of 204.3 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 21,951 private dwellings occupied by usual residents in Sorel-Tracy in 2011. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 6.0%. 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 Sorel-Tracy CA

Table 1 Sorel-Tracy CA – Census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name Type Population
2011 2006 % change
Sorel-Tracy V 34,600 34,076 1.5
Contrecoeur V 6,252 5,678 10.1
Sainte-Anne-de-Sorel M 2,742 2,745 -0.1
Sainte-Victoire-de-Sorel M 2,501 2,410 3.8
Saint-Joseph-de-Sorel V 1,677 1,686 -0.5

Census metropolitan areas (CMAs) or census agglomerations (CAs) in Quebec

Table 2 Quebec – Metropolitan areas, population rank and population change, 2006 to 2011
CMA or CA name Type Population Rank
2011 2006 % change Nat. Prov.
Montral  CMA 3,824,221 3,635,556 A 5.2 2 1
Ottawa - Gatineau CMA 1,236,324 1,133,633 A 9.1 4 ···
Ottawa - Gatineau (partie du Qubec / Quebec part)   314,501 286,831 A 9.6 ··· 3
Ottawa - Gatineau (Ontario part / partie de l'Ontario)   921,823 846,802 8.9 ··· 2
Qubec  CMA 765,706 719,153 A 6.5 7 2
Sherbrooke CMA 201,890 191,410 A 5.5 19 4
Saguenay CMA 157,790 156,305 A 1.0 26 5
Trois-Rivires CMA 151,773 144,713 A 4.9 27 6
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu CA 92,394 87,492 5.6 41 7
Drummondville CA 88,480 82,949 A 6.7 45 8
Granby CA 77,077 71,176 A 8.3 48 9
Saint-Hyacinthe CA 56,794 54,976 A 3.3 57 10
Shawinigan CA 55,009 56,408 A -2.5 60 11
Rimouski CA 50,912 48,918 A 4.1 62 12
Sorel-Tracy CA 47,772 46,595 A 2.5 64 13
Joliette CA 46,932 43,306 A 8.4 65 14
Victoriaville CA 46,354 43,195 A 7.3 66 15
Rouyn-Noranda CA 41,798 40,650 A 2.8 72 16
Salaberry-de-Valleyfield CA 40,077 39,672 1.0 74 17
Saint-Georges CA 34,642 32,902 A 5.3 80 18
Val-d'Or CA 33,265 32,288 3.0 83 19
Alma CA 33,018 31,864 A 3.6 84 20
Baie-Comeau CA 28,789 29,674 A -3.0 88 21
Sept-les CA 28,487 27,827 2.4 89 22
Thetford Mines CA 27,968 28,110 A -0.5 91 23
Rivire-du-Loup CA 27,734 26,423 A 5.0 93 24
Matane CA 18,368 18,709 A -1.8 111 25
Campbellton CA 17,842 17,878 A -0.2 113 ···
Campbellton (New Brunswick part / partie du Nouveau-Brunswick)   14,520 14,816 A -2.0 ··· 7
Campbellton (partie du Qubec / Quebec part)   3,322 3,062 8.5 ··· 30
Amos CA 17,090 17,176 A -0.5 118 26
Dolbeau-Mistassini CA 16,019 16,257 A -1.5 122 27
Lachute CA 12,551 11,832 6.1 137 28
Cowansville CA 12,489 12,182 A 2.5 139 29
Hawkesbury CA 12,128 12,267 -1.1 143 ···
Hawkesbury (partie du Qubec / Quebec part)   1,577 1,398 12.8 ··· 31
Hawkesbury (Ontario part / partie de l'Ontario)   10,551 10,869 -2.9 ··· 43

Age and sex

Sorel-Tracy – Age distribution

Table 3 Sorel-Tracy – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 12.4% 12.8% 12.0%
15 to 64 66.2% 67.8% 64.8%
65 and over 21.4% 19.4% 23.2%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Sorel-Tracy was 21.4%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 66.2% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 12.4%. 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.

Sorel-Tracy – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 4 Sorel-Tracy – 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 47,770 46,595 1,175 2.5
0 to 14 5,915 6,100 -185 -3.0
15 to 64 31,645 32,040 -395 -1.2
65 and over 10,210 8,455 1,755 20.8
Males
Total 23,285 22,640 645 2.8
0 to 14 2,980 3,100 -120 -3.9
15 to 64 15,785 16,010 -225 -1.4
65 and over 4,525 3,530 995 28.2
Females
Total 24,485 23,955 530 2.2
0 to 14 2,940 3,000 -60 -2.0
15 to 64 15,855 16,030 -175 -1.1
65 and over 5,690 4,920 770 15.7

Sorel-Tracy – Population by five-year age groups and sex

Table 5 Sorel-Tracy – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 47,770 23,285 24,485
0 to 4 years 1,940 980 955
5 to 9 years 1,920 975 945
10 to 14 years 2,060 1,025 1,040
15 to 19 years 2,515 1,260 1,255
20 to 24 years 2,430 1,245 1,180
25 to 29 years 2,415 1,295 1,120
30 to 34 years 2,660 1,350 1,315
35 to 39 years 2,390 1,235 1,155
40 to 44 years 2,670 1,315 1,355
45 to 49 years 3,505 1,735 1,770
50 to 54 years 4,405 2,160 2,245
55 to 59 years 4,435 2,150 2,285
60 to 64 years 4,215 2,040 2,175
65 to 69 years 3,585 1,820 1,765
70 to 74 years 2,280 1,080 1,200
75 to 79 years 1,830 790 1,040
80 to 84 years 1,415 530 880
85 to 89 years 750 230 525
90 to 94 years 285 65 220
95 to 99 years 70 10 60
100 years and over 0 0 5
Median age 49.2 47.9 50.4

Sorel-Tracy – Median age2 of the population

The median age in Sorel-Tracy was 49.2 years. In comparison, the median age of Quebec was 41.9 years.

Table 6 Canada, Quebec and Sorel-Tracy – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
Quebec 41.0 41.9
Sorel-Tracy 47.0 49.2

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families3 in Sorel-Tracy was 14,200, which represents a change of 1.6% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In Sorel-Tracy, 50.7% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 34.4% were common-law-couples and 14.9% were lone-parent families.

Sorel-Tracy – Family structure

Table 7 Canada, Quebec, Sorel-Tracy – 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
Quebec  2,203,625 1,143,370 51.9 694,750 31.5 365,515 16.6 3.9
Sorel-Tracy 14,200 7,195 50.7 4,890 34.4 2,110 14.9 1.6

Sorel-Tracy – Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census agglomeration of Sorel-Tracy, 34.7% 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 Sorel-Tracy, 79.6% were intact families, that is, in which all children were the biological or adopted children of both parents, while 20.4% 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.

Sorel-Tracy – Marital status

In Sorel-Tracy, 58.7% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (35.3%) or living with a common-law partner (23.4%).

The remaining 41.3% 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, Quebec, Sorel-Tracy – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status Sorel-Tracy Quebec Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 41,855 100.0 6,644,380 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 24,560 58.7 3,745,315 56.4 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 14,765 35.3 2,353,775 35.4 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 9,795 23.4 1,391,545 20.9 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 17,290 41.3 2,899,060 43.6 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 10,440 24.9 1,942,090 29.2 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 490 1.2 105,190 1.6 698,245 2.5
Divorced 3,150 7.5 463,830 7.0 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 3,210 7.7 387,950 5.8 1,584,525 5.7

Sorel-Tracy – Types of private households

There were 21,950 private households4 in Sorel-Tracy in 2011, a change of 6.0% from 2006. Of these, 19.0% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of -8.7% compared with five years earlier.

Table 9 Canada, Quebec, Sorel-Tracy – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type5 Sorel-Tracy Quebec Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Private households 21,950 100.0 3,395,345 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home6
4,165 19.0 811,120 23.9 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home7
7,785 35.5 988,410 29.1 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households8 2,045 9.3 346,305 10.2 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 7,290 33.2 1,094,410 32.2 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple-family households9 105 0.5 28,420 0.8 268,060 2.0
Other households10 565 2.6 126,680 3.7 543,340 4.1

Sorel-Tracy – Structural type of dwelling

In Sorel-Tracy, 57.4% of private households lived in single-detached houses and 0.7% lived in apartments in buildings that have five or more storeys. The rest lived in other types of dwelling structures.

Table 10 Canada, Quebec, Sorel-Tracy – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling Sorel-Tracy Quebec Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 21,950 100.0 3,395,345 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 12,600 57.4 1,560,405 46.0 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 1,220 5.6 171,435 5.0 646,240 4.9
Row house 430 2.0 86,040 2.5 791,600 5.9
Apartment, building that has five or more storeys 160 0.7 171,110 5.0 1,234,770 9.3
Apartment, building that has fewer than five storeys 5,295 24.1 1,103,845 32.5 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 1,970 9.0 263,860 7.8 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house11 115 0.5 15,650 0.5 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling12 160 0.7 23,000 0.7 183,510 1.4

Language

Sorel-Tracy – Mother tongue

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

Chart J description: Sorel-Tracy - 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 Sorel-Tracy, 1.0% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 97.6% reported French only, and 0.9% reported only a non-official language, in 2011. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 7.7% for English only, 78.1% for French only and 12.3% for only non-official languages.

In 2011, 0.7% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 98.5% spoke only French and 0.4% spoke only a non-official language. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 9.8% for English only, 80.0% for French only and 7.1% for only a non-official language.

Table 11 Sorel-Tracy – Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home, 2011 Census
Selected languages Mother tongue Language spoken most often at home
number % number %
Total 47,090 100.0 47,085 100.0
English 465 1.0 310 0.7
French 45,950 97.6 46,375 98.5
Non-official language 445 0.9 165 0.4
Multiple responses 230 0.5 235 0.5
Table 12 Sorel-Tracy – 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 64.9 42.0 22.9
French 99.9 99.7 0.2
Non-official language 71.7 44.4 27.3

Sorel-Tracy – Non-official languages

In Sorel-Tracy, the three most common mother tongues were Spanish (0.2%), Arabic (0.1%) and Italian (0.1%), in 2011. In comparison, the most common mother tongues at the provincial / territorial level were Arabic (2.1%), Spanish (1.8%) and Italian (1.6%).

Table 13 Sorel-Tracy – 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.
Spanish 110 22.0 0.2
Arabic 60 12.0 0.1
Italian 50 10.0 0.1
Portuguese 25 5.0 0.1
German 25 5.0 0.1

Sorel-Tracy – Bilingualism

Table 14 Sorel-Tracy – 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 25.2 79.6 24.3 56.2
0 to 19 14.0 83.3 13.4 30.0
20 to 44 39.2 88.5 38.2 72.2
45 to 64 23.6 80.6 22.8 59.3
65 and over 19.3 75.0 18.5 31.3
Table 15 Sorel-Tracy – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 47,090 100.0
English only 80 0.2
French only 35,025 74.4
English and French 11,960 25.4
Neither English nor French 25 0.1

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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