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Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census metropolitan area of Abbotsford - Mission, British Columbia

Map of Abbotsford - Mission, CMA (shaded in green), British Columbia

Map of Abbotsford - Mission

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Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A: Abbotsford - Mission, CMA - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A description: Abbotsford - Mission, CMA - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Prov. rank
4
Nat. rank
23

In 2011, the population of Abbotsford - Mission census metropolitan area (CMA) was 170,191, representing a percentage change of 7.0% from 2006. This compares to the national growth of 5.9% and to the average growth among all CMAs of 7.4%.

In Abbotsford - Mission, the land area is 605.18 square kilometres with a population density of 281.2 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 CMAs is 92,648.98 square kilometres with 249.58 persons per square kilometre.

In total, there were 59,317 private dwellings occupied by usual residents in Abbotsford - Mission 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 Abbotsford - Mission CMA

Table 1 Abbotsford - Mission CMA – Census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name Type Population
2011 2006 % change
Abbotsford CY 133,497 124,258 A 7.4
Mission DM 36,426 34,505 5.6
Upper Sumas 6 IRI 187 182 2.7
Matsqui Main 2 IRI 81 75 8.0

Census metropolitan areas (CMAs) or census agglomerations (CAs) in British Columbia

Table 2 British Columbia – Metropolitan areas, population rank and population change, 2006 to 2011
CMA or CA name Type Population Rank
2011 2006 % change Nat. Prov.
Vancouver CMA 2,313,328 2,116,581 9.3 3 1
Victoria  CMA 344,615 330,088 4.4 15 2
Kelowna CMA 179,839 162,276 10.8 22 3
Abbotsford - Mission CMA 170,191 159,020 7.0 23 4
Kamloops CA 98,754 92,797 A 6.4 37 5
Nanaimo CA 98,021 92,361 6.1 38 6
Chilliwack CA 92,308 82,465 A 11.9 42 7
Prince George CA 84,232 83,225 1.2 46 8
Vernon CA 58,584 55,418 5.7 56 9
Courtenay CA 55,213 51,383 A 7.5 58 10
Duncan CA 43,252 41,387 4.5 68 11
Penticton CA 42,361 41,303 A 2.6 71 12
Campbell River CA 36,096 34,707 A 4.0 77 13
Parksville CA 27,822 26,518 4.9 92 14
Fort St. John CA 26,380 25,136 4.9 96 15
Port Alberni CA 25,465 25,343 A 0.5 99 16
Cranbrook CA 25,037 24,138 3.7 100 17
Quesnel CA 22,096 21,049 A 5.0 104 18
Williams Lake CA 18,490 18,760 -1.4 110 19
Salmon Arm CA 17,683 16,205 9.1 114 20
Squamish CA 17,479 15,256 14.6 116 21
Powell River CA 16,689 16,537 0.9 119 22
Terrace CA 15,569 15,420 A 1.0 124 23
Prince Rupert CA 13,052 13,392 -2.5 131 24
Dawson Creek CA 11,583 10,994 5.4 145 25

Age and sex

Abbotsford - Mission – Age distribution

Table 3 Abbotsford - Mission – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 19.0% 19.9% 18.1%
15 to 64 66.9% 67.3% 66.5%
65 and over 14.1% 12.8% 15.4%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Abbotsford - Mission was 14.1%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 66.9% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 19.0%. 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.

Abbotsford - Mission – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 4 Abbotsford - Mission – 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 170,185 159,020 11,165 7.0
0 to 14 32,335 32,020 315 1.0
15 to 64 113,810 105,955 7,855 7.4
65 and over 24,040 21,050 2,990 14.2
Males
Total 84,340 78,835 5,505 7.0
0 to 14 16,775 16,575 200 1.2
15 to 64 56,735 53,000 3,735 7.0
65 and over 10,830 9,265 1,565 16.9
Females
Total 85,850 80,185 5,665 7.1
0 to 14 15,560 15,440 120 0.8
15 to 64 57,075 52,950 4,125 7.8
65 and over 13,215 11,785 1,430 12.1

Abbotsford - Mission – Population by five-year age groups and sex

Table 5 Abbotsford - Mission – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 170,185 84,340 85,850
0 to 4 years 10,705 5,490 5,215
5 to 9 years 10,630 5,580 5,050
10 to 14 years 11,000 5,710 5,290
15 to 19 years 12,185 6,180 6,005
20 to 24 years 11,460 5,870 5,585
25 to 29 years 11,330 5,685 5,650
30 to 34 years 10,970 5,415 5,555
35 to 39 years 10,860 5,370 5,490
40 to 44 years 11,725 5,805 5,920
45 to 49 years 12,595 6,395 6,200
50 to 54 years 12,475 6,180 6,295
55 to 59 years 10,640 5,215 5,430
60 to 64 years 9,565 4,620 4,945
65 to 69 years 7,110 3,500 3,610
70 to 74 years 5,445 2,525 2,925
75 to 79 years 4,415 2,055 2,355
80 to 84 years 3,555 1,535 2,020
85 to 89 years 2,265 845 1,420
90 to 94 years 985 295 695
95 to 99 years 230 70 165
100 years and over 30 5 25
Median age 38.2 37.1 39.1

Abbotsford - Mission – Median age1 of the population

The median age in Abbotsford - Mission was 38.2 years. In comparison, the median age of British Columbia was 41.9 years.

Table 6 Canada, British Columbia and Abbotsford - Mission – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
British Columbia 40.8 41.9
Abbotsford - Mission 36.8 38.2

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families2 in Abbotsford - Mission was 47,405, which represents a change of 6.9% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In Abbotsford - Mission, 75.7% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 9.2% were common-law-couples and 15.1% were lone-parent families.

Abbotsford - Mission – Family structure

Table 7 Canada, British Columbia, Abbotsford - Mission – 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
British Columbia  1,238,155 887,990 71.7 160,360 13.0 189,805 15.3 6.6
Abbotsford - Mission 47,405 35,875 75.7 4,370 9.2 7,160 15.1 6.9

Abbotsford - Mission – Presence of children within couple families

Chart G: Abbotsford - Mission - Presence of children within couple families
Married couples Common-law-couples
with children without children with children without children
18,295 (45.5%) 17,580 (43.7%) 1,860 ( 4.6%) 2,510 ( 6.2%)

Chart G description: Abbotsford - Mission - Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census metropolitan area of Abbotsford - Mission, 50.1% 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 metropolitan area of Abbotsford - Mission, 89.0% were intact families, that is, in which all children were the biological or adopted children of both parents, while 10.9% 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.

Abbotsford - Mission – Marital status

In Abbotsford - Mission, 60.2% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (53.8%) or living with a common-law partner (6.4%).

The remaining 39.8% 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, British Columbia, Abbotsford - Mission – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status Abbotsford - Mission British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 137,850 100.0 3,722,690 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 82,930 60.2 2,154,575 57.9 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 74,100 53.8 1,832,605 49.2 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 8,830 6.4 321,965 8.6 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 54,920 39.8 1,568,120 42.1 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 35,365 25.7 1,014,270 27.2 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 3,820 2.8 102,035 2.7 698,245 2.5
Divorced 8,135 5.9 246,515 6.6 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 7,600 5.5 205,300 5.5 1,584,525 5.7

Abbotsford - Mission – Types of private households

There were 59,315 private households3 in Abbotsford - Mission in 2011, a change of 6.0% from 2006. Of these, 29.4% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of -0.4% compared with five years earlier.

Table 9 Canada, British Columbia, Abbotsford - Mission – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type4 Abbotsford - Mission British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Private households 59,315 100.0 1,764,635 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home5
17,465 29.4 431,135 24.4 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home6
16,645 28.1 532,995 30.2 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households7 5,985 10.1 168,530 9.6 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 13,695 23.1 498,925 28.3 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple-family households8 3,415 5.8 50,410 2.9 268,060 2.0
Other households9 2,105 3.5 82,640 4.7 543,340 4.1

Abbotsford - Mission – Structural type of dwelling

In Abbotsford - Mission, 49.1% of private households lived in single-detached houses and 1.6% lived in apartments in buildings that have five or more storeys. The rest lived in other types of dwelling structures.

Table 10 Canada, British Columbia, Abbotsford - Mission – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling Abbotsford - Mission British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 59,320 100.0 1,764,640 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 29,155 49.1 842,120 47.7 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 1,605 2.7 52,825 3.0 646,240 4.9
Row house 4,370 7.4 130,370 7.4 791,600 5.9
Apartment, building that has five or more storeys 965 1.6 143,970 8.2 1,234,770 9.3
Apartment, building that has fewer than five storeys 12,340 20.8 361,150 20.5 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 10,230 17.2 184,355 10.4 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house10 85 0.1 2,885 0.2 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling11 555 0.9 46,960 2.7 183,510 1.4

Language

Abbotsford - Mission – Mother tongue

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

Chart J description: Abbotsford - Mission - 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 Abbotsford - Mission, 69.9% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 0.9% reported French only, and 27.6% reported only a non-official language, in 2011. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 70.3% for English only, 1.3% for French only and 26.5% for only non-official languages.

In 2011, 79.1% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 0.2% spoke only French and 17.1% spoke only a non-official language. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 80.5% for English only, 0.4% for French only and 15.4% for only a non-official language.

Table 11 Abbotsford - Mission – Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home, 2011 Census
Selected languages Mother tongue Language spoken most often at home
number % number %
Total 167,815 100.0 167,815 100.0
English 117,240 69.9 132,800 79.1
French 1,495 0.9 275 0.2
Non-official language 46,255 27.6 28,670 17.1
Multiple responses 2,820 1.7 6,070 3.6
Table 12 Abbotsford - Mission – 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 99.5 99.1 0.5
French 40.4 17.9 22.4
Non-official language 82.0 67.7 14.4

Abbotsford - Mission – Non-official languages

In Abbotsford - Mission, the three most common mother tongues were Panjabi (Punjabi) (16.7%), German (3.9%) and Dutch (1.0%), in 2011. In comparison, the most common mother tongues at the provincial / territorial level were Panjabi (Punjabi) (4.5%), Cantonese (3.2%) and Chinese, n.o.s. (2.9%).

Table 13 Abbotsford - Mission – 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.
Panjabi (Punjabi) 27,985 57.3 16.7
German 6,555 13.4 3.9
Dutch 1,740 3.6 1.0
Korean 1,445 3.0 0.9
Spanish 1,285 2.6 0.8
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 780 1.6 0.5
Vietnamese 730 1.5 0.4
Chinese, n.o.s. 660 1.4 0.4
Hindi 560 1.1 0.3
Polish 495 1.0 0.3

Abbotsford - Mission – Bilingualism

Table 14 Abbotsford - Mission – 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 4.4 82.7 2.3
0 to 19 6.3 6.6 80.0 4.4
20 to 44 4.4 4.7 86.6 1.7
45 to 64 3.7 2.7 83.3 2.0
65 and over 3.1 2.0 78.7 1.4
Table 15 Abbotsford - Mission – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 167,815 100.0
English only 151,740 90.4
French only 45 0.0
English and French 7,830 4.7
Neither English nor French 8,200 4.9

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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