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Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census agglomeration of Prince George, British Columbia

Map of Prince George, CA (shaded in green), British Columbia

Map of Prince George

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Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A: Prince George, CA - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

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

Prov. rank
8
Nat. rank
46

In 2011, the population of Prince George census agglomeration (CA) was 84,232, representing a percentage change of 1.2% from 2006. This compares to the national growth of 5.9% and to the average growth among all CAs of 4.2%.

In Prince George, the land area is 17,686.50 square kilometres with a population density of 4.8 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 33,990 private dwellings occupied by usual residents in Prince George in 2011. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 3.6%. 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 Prince George CA

Table 1 Prince George CA – Census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name Type Population
2011 2006 % change
Prince George CY 71,974 70,981 E 1.4
Fraser-Fort George D RDA 4,175 4,361 -4.3
Fraser-Fort George C RDA 3,434 3,217 6.7
Fraser-Fort George A RDA 3,362 3,275 2.7
Fraser-Fort George F RDA 1,207 1,284 -6.0
Fort George (Shelley) 2 IRI 80 107 -25.2

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

Prince George – Age distribution

Table 3 Prince George – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 17.8% 18.4% 17.3%
15 to 64 70.6% 70.4% 70.8%
65 and over 11.6% 11.3% 11.9%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Prince George was 11.6%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 70.6% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 17.8%. 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.

Prince George – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 4 Prince George – 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 84,230 83,225 1,005 1.2
0 to 14 15,020 15,965 -945 -5.9
15 to 64 59,470 59,395 75 0.1
65 and over 9,740 7,865 1,875 23.8
Males
Total 42,360 41,790 570 1.4
0 to 14 7,780 8,210 -430 -5.2
15 to 64 29,805 29,710 95 0.3
65 and over 4,775 3,860 915 23.7
Females
Total 41,870 41,440 430 1.0
0 to 14 7,245 7,755 -510 -6.6
15 to 64 29,660 29,680 -20 -0.1
65 and over 4,965 4,005 960 24.0

Prince George – Population by five-year age groups and sex

Table 5 Prince George – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 84,230 42,360 41,870
0 to 4 years 5,060 2,630 2,430
5 to 9 years 4,770 2,490 2,275
10 to 14 years 5,195 2,655 2,540
15 to 19 years 6,090 3,190 2,900
20 to 24 years 5,845 3,000 2,840
25 to 29 years 5,565 2,790 2,775
30 to 34 years 5,265 2,585 2,675
35 to 39 years 5,565 2,740 2,825
40 to 44 years 6,025 2,985 3,050
45 to 49 years 6,845 3,335 3,510
50 to 54 years 6,920 3,465 3,455
55 to 59 years 6,295 3,170 3,120
60 to 64 years 5,060 2,550 2,505
65 to 69 years 3,555 1,820 1,735
70 to 74 years 2,430 1,230 1,200
75 to 79 years 1,750 885 870
80 to 84 years 1,135 530 605
85 to 89 years 575 215 355
90 to 94 years 245 80 165
95 to 99 years 40 10 30
100 years and over 10 0 5
Median age 39.0 38.5 39.5

Prince George – Median age1 of the population

The median age in Prince George was 39 years. In comparison, the median age of British Columbia was 41.9 years.

Table 6 Canada, British Columbia and Prince George – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
British Columbia 40.8 41.9
Prince George 37.3 39.0

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families2 in Prince George was 23,980, which represents a change of 0.3% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In Prince George, 65.6% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 16.3% were common-law-couples and 18.0% were lone-parent families.

Prince George – Family structure

Table 7 Canada, British Columbia, Prince George – 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
Prince George 23,980 15,740 65.6 3,910 16.3 4,320 18.0 0.3

Prince George – Presence of children within couple families

Chart G: Prince George - Presence of children within couple families
Married couples Common-law-couples
with children without children with children without children
7,275 (37.0%) 8,465 (43.1%) 1,710 ( 8.7%) 2,200 (11.2%)

Chart G description: Prince George - Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census agglomeration of Prince George, 45.7% 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 Prince George, 83.9% were intact families, that is, in which all children were the biological or adopted children of both parents, while 16.1% 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.

Prince George – Marital status

In Prince George, 57.6% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (46.3%) or living with a common-law partner (11.3%).

The remaining 42.4% 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, Prince George – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status Prince George British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 69,210 100.0 3,722,690 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 39,860 57.6 2,154,575 57.9 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 32,025 46.3 1,832,605 49.2 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 7,835 11.3 321,965 8.6 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 29,350 42.4 1,568,120 42.1 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 19,430 28.1 1,014,270 27.2 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 2,515 3.6 102,035 2.7 698,245 2.5
Divorced 4,150 6.0 246,515 6.6 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 3,255 4.7 205,300 5.5 1,584,525 5.7

Prince George – Types of private households

There were 33,990 private households3 in Prince George in 2011, a change of 3.6% from 2006. Of these, 25.8% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of -5.8% compared with five years earlier.

Table 9 Canada, British Columbia, Prince George – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type4 Prince George British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Private households 33,990 100.0 1,764,635 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home5
8,770 25.8 431,135 24.4 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home6
10,215 30.1 532,995 30.2 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households7 3,955 11.6 168,530 9.6 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 8,855 26.1 498,925 28.3 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple-family households8 510 1.5 50,410 2.9 268,060 2.0
Other households9 1,690 5.0 82,640 4.7 543,340 4.1

Prince George – Structural type of dwelling

In Prince George, 65.5% of private households lived in single-detached houses and 1.1% 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, Prince George – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling Prince George British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 33,990 100.0 1,764,640 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 22,265 65.5 842,120 47.7 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 1,270 3.7 52,825 3.0 646,240 4.9
Row house 1,570 4.6 130,370 7.4 791,600 5.9
Apartment, building that has five or more storeys 385 1.1 143,970 8.2 1,234,770 9.3
Apartment, building that has fewer than five storeys 4,150 12.2 361,150 20.5 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 1,820 5.4 184,355 10.4 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house10 20 0.1 2,885 0.2 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling11 2,510 7.4 46,960 2.7 183,510 1.4

Language

Prince George – Mother tongue

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

Chart J description: Prince George - 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 Prince George, 88.7% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 1.5% reported French only, and 8.8% 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, 95.4% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 0.3% spoke only French and 3.1% 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 Prince George – Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home, 2011 Census
Selected languages Mother tongue Language spoken most often at home
number % number %
Total 83,355 100.0 83,350 100.0
English 73,965 88.7 79,545 95.4
French 1,270 1.5 265 0.3
Non-official language 7,360 8.8 2,550 3.1
Multiple responses 760 0.9 990 1.2
Table 12 Prince George – 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 99.8 99.7 0.1
French 41.9 19.5 22.5
Non-official language 63.8 39.0 24.8

Prince George – Non-official languages

In Prince George, the three most common mother tongues were German (1.7%), Panjabi (Punjabi) (1.6%) and Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) (0.5%), 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 Prince George – 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.
German 1,395 17.6 1.7
Panjabi (Punjabi) 1,365 17.2 1.6
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 430 5.4 0.5
Italian 355 4.5 0.4
Dutch 320 4.0 0.4

Prince George – Bilingualism

Table 14 Prince George – 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 4.9 3.7 81.5 3.5
0 to 19 6.1 5.8 81.3 6.3
20 to 44 4.9 4.1 87.0 4.1
45 to 64 3.9 2.0 80.9 3.7
65 and over 4.7 1.6 79.5 2.1
Table 15 Prince George – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 83,350 100.0
English only 78,810 94.6
French only 20 0.0
English and French 4,215 5.1
Neither English nor French 315 0.4

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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