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Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census agglomeration of Dawson Creek, British Columbia

Map of Dawson Creek, CA (shaded in green), British Columbia

Map of Dawson Creek

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Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A: Dawson Creek, CA - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

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

Prov. rank
25
Nat. rank
145

In 2011, the population of Dawson Creek census agglomeration (CA) was 11,583, representing a percentage change of 5.4% from 2006. This compares to the national growth of 5.9% and to the average growth among all CAs of 4.2%.

In Dawson Creek, the land area is 24.37 square kilometres with a population density of 475.4 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 4,859 private dwellings occupied by usual residents in Dawson Creek in 2011. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 4.5%. 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 Dawson Creek CA

Table 1 Dawson Creek CA – Census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name Type Population
2011 2006 % change
Dawson Creek CY 11,583 10,994 5.4

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

Dawson Creek – Age distribution

Table 3 Dawson Creek – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 18.7% 19.4% 18.0%
15 to 64 68.0% 69.5% 66.5%
65 and over 13.3% 11.1% 15.5%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Dawson Creek was 13.3%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 68.0% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 18.7%. 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.

Dawson Creek – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 4 Dawson Creek – 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 11,585 10,995 590 5.4
0 to 14 2,165 2,270 -105 -4.6
15 to 64 7,875 7,430 445 6.0
65 and over 1,540 1,295 245 18.9
Males
Total 5,690 5,435 255 4.7
0 to 14 1,105 1,205 -100 -8.3
15 to 64 3,955 3,675 280 7.6
65 and over 630 555 75 13.5
Females
Total 5,895 5,560 335 6.0
0 to 14 1,060 1,065 -5 -0.5
15 to 64 3,920 3,755 165 4.4
65 and over 915 740 175 23.6

Dawson Creek – Population by five-year age groups and sex

Table 5 Dawson Creek – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 11,585 5,690 5,895
0 to 4 years 775 390 385
5 to 9 years 670 335 335
10 to 14 years 720 380 340
15 to 19 years 805 415 390
20 to 24 years 925 490 435
25 to 29 years 955 525 430
30 to 34 years 770 375 395
35 to 39 years 715 335 375
40 to 44 years 750 355 395
45 to 49 years 845 440 405
50 to 54 years 855 420 440
55 to 59 years 715 355 355
60 to 64 years 545 240 305
65 to 69 years 375 180 195
70 to 74 years 350 145 205
75 to 79 years 320 120 200
80 to 84 years 265 105 160
85 to 89 years 170 60 105
90 to 94 years 50 15 40
95 to 99 years 15 5 10
100 years and over 5 0 0
Median age 36.2 33.9 38.3

Dawson Creek – Median age1 of the population

The median age in Dawson Creek was 36.2 years. In comparison, the median age of British Columbia was 41.9 years.

Table 6 Canada, British Columbia and Dawson Creek – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
British Columbia 40.8 41.9
Dawson Creek 35.6 36.2

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families2 in Dawson Creek was 3,065, which represents a change of 2.2% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In Dawson Creek, 59.9% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 19.2% were common-law-couples and 20.9% were lone-parent families.

Dawson Creek – Family structure

Table 7 Canada, British Columbia, Dawson Creek – 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
Dawson Creek 3,065 1,835 59.9 590 19.2 640 20.9 2.2

Dawson Creek – Presence of children within couple families

Chart G: Dawson Creek - Presence of children within couple families
Married couples Common-law-couples
with children without children with children without children
915 (37.7%) 925 (38.1%) 260 (10.7%) 330 (13.6%)

Chart G description: Dawson Creek - Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census agglomeration of Dawson Creek, 48.5% 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 Dawson Creek, 77.9% were intact families, that is, in which all children were the biological or adopted children of both parents, while 21.7% 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.

Dawson Creek – Marital status

In Dawson Creek, 53.1% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (40.5%) or living with a common-law partner (12.6%).

The remaining 46.9% 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, Dawson Creek – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status Dawson Creek British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 9,415 100.0 3,722,690 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 5,000 53.1 2,154,575 57.9 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 3,815 40.5 1,832,605 49.2 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 1,185 12.6 321,965 8.6 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 4,415 46.9 1,568,120 42.1 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 2,690 28.6 1,014,270 27.2 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 370 3.9 102,035 2.7 698,245 2.5
Divorced 695 7.4 246,515 6.6 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 665 7.1 205,300 5.5 1,584,525 5.7

Dawson Creek – Types of private households

There were 4,860 private households3 in Dawson Creek in 2011, a change of 4.4% from 2006. Of these, 23.6% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of -4.2% compared with five years earlier.

Table 9 Canada, British Columbia, Dawson Creek – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type4 Dawson Creek British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Private households 4,860 100.0 1,764,635 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home5
1,145 23.6 431,135 24.4 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home6
1,205 24.8 532,995 30.2 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households7 580 11.9 168,530 9.6 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 1,595 32.8 498,925 28.3 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple-family households8 65 1.3 50,410 2.9 268,060 2.0
Other households9 265 5.5 82,640 4.7 543,340 4.1

Dawson Creek – Structural type of dwelling

In Dawson Creek, 65.0% of private households lived in single-detached houses and 0.0% 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, Dawson Creek – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling Dawson Creek British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 4,860 100.0 1,764,640 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 3,160 65.0 842,120 47.7 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 215 4.4 52,825 3.0 646,240 4.9
Row house 295 6.1 130,370 7.4 791,600 5.9
Apartment, building that has five or more storeys 0 0.0 143,970 8.2 1,234,770 9.3
Apartment, building that has fewer than five storeys 900 18.5 361,150 20.5 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 55 1.1 184,355 10.4 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house10 5 0.1 2,885 0.2 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling11 230 4.7 46,960 2.7 183,510 1.4

Language

Dawson Creek – Mother tongue

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

Chart J description: Dawson Creek - 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 Dawson Creek, 90.9% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 1.4% reported French only, and 6.4% 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, 96.3% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 0.3% spoke only French and 2.2% 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 Dawson Creek – Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home, 2011 Census
Selected languages Mother tongue Language spoken most often at home
number % number %
Total 11,425 100.0 11,420 100.0
English 10,390 90.9 11,000 96.3
French 160 1.4 35 0.3
Non-official language 735 6.4 250 2.2
Multiple responses 140 1.2 140 1.2
Table 12 Dawson Creek – 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 99.7 0.2
French 35.9 17.9 17.9
Non-official language 67.4 40.1 27.3

Dawson Creek – Non-official languages

In Dawson Creek, the three most common mother tongues were German (1.8%), Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) (1.4%) and Cree, n.o.s. (0.8%), 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 Dawson Creek – 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 200 23.3 1.8
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 160 18.6 1.4
Cree, n.o.s. 95 11.0 0.8
Chinese, n.o.s. 35 4.1 0.3
Ukrainian 30 3.5 0.3

Dawson Creek – Bilingualism

Table 14 Dawson Creek – 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 5.5 4.6 78.1 2.7
0 to 19 10.0 9.8 100.0 7.7
20 to 44 4.7 4.0 87.5 4.2
45 to 64 2.8 1.3 66.7 2.1
65 and over 4.3 0.9 80.0 2.5
Table 15 Dawson Creek – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 11,425 100.0
English only 10,770 94.3
French only 5 0.0
English and French 630 5.5
Neither English nor French 20 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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