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Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census agglomeration of Summerside, Prince Edward Island

Map of Summerside, CA (shaded in green), Prince Edward Island

Map of Summerside

Interactive version of map

Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

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

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

Prov. rank
2
Nat. rank
120

In 2011, the population of Summerside census agglomeration (CA) was 16,488, representing a percentage change of 2.1% from 2006. This compares to the national growth of 5.9% and to the average growth among all CAs of 4.2%.

In Summerside, the land area is 91.85 square kilometres with a population density of 179.5 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 6,941 private dwellings occupied by usual residents in Summerside in 2011. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 5.9%. 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 Summerside CA

Table 1 Summerside CA – Census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name Type Population
2011 2006 % change
Summerside CY 14,751 14,500 1.7
Miscouche COM 869 769 13.0
Lot 17 LOT 548 563 -2.7
Linkletter COM 320 321 -0.3

Census metropolitan areas (CMAs) or census agglomerations (CAs) in Prince Edward Island

Table 2 Prince Edward Island – Metropolitan areas, population rank and population change, 2006 to 2011
CMA or CA name Type Population Rank
2011 2006 % change Nat. Prov.
Charlottetown CA 64,487 59,325 A 8.7 52 1
Summerside CA 16,488 16,153 2.1 120 2

Age and sex

Summerside – Age distribution

Table 3 Summerside – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 17.0% 18.2% 15.8%
15 to 64 64.8% 65.4% 64.4%
65 and over 18.2% 16.5% 19.9%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Summerside was 18.2%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 64.8% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 17.0%. 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.

Summerside – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 4 Summerside – 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 16,485 16,155 330 2.0
0 to 14 2,795 2,865 -70 -2.4
15 to 64 10,685 10,560 125 1.2
65 and over 3,005 2,725 280 10.3
Males
Total 7,780 7,665 115 1.5
0 to 14 1,415 1,485 -70 -4.7
15 to 64 5,085 5,040 45 0.9
65 and over 1,280 1,140 140 12.3
Females
Total 8,705 8,490 215 2.5
0 to 14 1,375 1,385 -10 -0.7
15 to 64 5,605 5,515 90 1.6
65 and over 1,730 1,590 140 8.8

Summerside – Population by five-year age groups and sex

Table 5 Summerside – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 16,485 7,780 8,705
0 to 4 years 870 460 410
5 to 9 years 915 435 480
10 to 14 years 1,010 525 485
15 to 19 years 1,070 545 525
20 to 24 years 860 435 425
25 to 29 years 865 390 475
30 to 34 years 875 410 470
35 to 39 years 975 460 515
40 to 44 years 1,045 485 565
45 to 49 years 1,340 630 710
50 to 54 years 1,300 600 700
55 to 59 years 1,180 575 605
60 to 64 years 1,180 555 625
65 to 69 years 830 390 440
70 to 74 years 690 330 365
75 to 79 years 640 260 380
80 to 84 years 405 160 240
85 to 89 years 265 95 170
90 to 94 years 145 35 105
95 to 99 years 35 5 30
100 years and over 5 0 5
Median age 43.9 42.4 45.1

Summerside – Median age1 of the population

The median age in Summerside was 43.9 years. In comparison, the median age of Prince Edward Island was 42.8 years.

Table 6 Canada, Prince Edward Island and Summerside – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
Prince Edward Island 40.8 42.8
Summerside 41.3 43.9

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families2 in Summerside was 4,825, which represents a change of 0.2% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In Summerside, 67.9% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 13.2% were common-law-couples and 19.0% were lone-parent families.

Summerside – Family structure

Table 7 Canada, Prince Edward Island, Summerside – 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
Prince Edward Island 40,850 29,695 72.7 4,570 11.2 6,580 16.1 4.2
Summerside 4,825 3,275 67.9 635 13.2 915 19.0 0.2

Summerside – Presence of children within couple families

Chart G: Summerside - Presence of children within couple families
Married couples Common-law-couples
with children without children with children without children
1,330 (34.1%) 1,940 (49.7%) 285 ( 7.3%) 355 ( 9.1%)

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

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census agglomeration of Summerside, 41.3% 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 Summerside, 81.4% were intact families, that is, in which all children were the biological or adopted children of both parents, while 18.6% 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.

Summerside – Marital status

In Summerside, 58.1% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (48.8%) or living with a common-law partner (9.3%).

The remaining 41.9% 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, Prince Edward Island, Summerside – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status Summerside Prince Edward Island Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 13,695 100.0 117,145 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 7,950 58.1 69,800 59.6 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 6,680 48.8 60,625 51.8 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 1,275 9.3 9,170 7.8 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 5,740 41.9 47,350 40.4 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 3,350 24.5 30,495 26.0 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 495 3.6 3,285 2.8 698,245 2.5
Divorced 885 6.5 6,065 5.2 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 1,015 7.4 7,505 6.4 1,584,525 5.7

Summerside – Types of private households

There were 6,940 private households3 in Summerside in 2011, a change of 5.6% from 2006. Of these, 22.8% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of -4.0% compared with five years earlier.

Table 9 Canada, Prince Edward Island, Summerside – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type4 Summerside Prince Edward Island Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Private households 6,940 100.0 56,460 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home5
1,580 22.8 15,000 26.6 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home6
2,240 32.3 18,425 32.6 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households7 850 12.2 6,040 10.7 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 1,980 28.5 14,195 25.1 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple-family households8 80 1.2 690 1.2 268,060 2.0
Other households9 210 3.0 2,120 3.8 543,340 4.1

Summerside – Structural type of dwelling

In Summerside, 57.3% 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, Prince Edward Island, Summerside – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling Summerside Prince Edward Island Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 6,940 100.0 56,465 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 3,980 57.3 40,330 71.4 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 695 10.0 3,005 5.3 646,240 4.9
Row house 475 6.8 1,805 3.2 791,600 5.9
Apartment, building that has five or more storeys 0 0.0 60 0.1 1,234,770 9.3
Apartment, building that has fewer than five storeys 1,080 15.6 7,635 13.5 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 210 3.0 910 1.6 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house10 10 0.1 135 0.2 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling11 490 7.1 2,585 4.6 183,510 1.4

Language

Summerside – Mother tongue

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

Chart J description: Summerside - 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 Summerside, 91.9% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 5.7% reported French only, and 1.7% reported only a non-official language, in 2011. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 92.2% for English only, 3.8% for French only and 3.5% for only non-official languages.

In 2011, 96.6% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 1.8% spoke only French and 1.0% spoke only a non-official language. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 95.5% for English only, 1.8% for French only and 2.1% for only a non-official language.

Table 11 Summerside – Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home, 2011 Census
Selected languages Mother tongue Language spoken most often at home
number % number %
Total 16,210 100.0 16,210 100.0
English 14,895 91.9 15,655 96.6
French 920 5.7 285 1.8
Non-official language 275 1.7 155 1.0
Multiple responses 120 0.7 115 0.7
Table 12 Summerside – 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 99.8 0.1
French 52.0 31.5 20.5
Non-official language 76.6 57.8 18.8

Summerside – Non-official languages

In Summerside, the three most common mother tongues were Albanian (0.2%), Arabic (0.2%) and Chinese, n.o.s. (0.2%), in 2011. In comparison, the most common mother tongues at the provincial / territorial level were Chinese, n.o.s. (0.9%), Dutch (0.4%) and German (0.2%).

Table 13 Summerside – 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.
Albanian 35 10.9 0.2
Arabic 30 9.4 0.2
Chinese, n.o.s. 30 9.4 0.2
Spanish 20 6.3 0.1
Cantonese 20 6.3 0.1
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 20 6.3 0.1

Summerside – Bilingualism

Table 14 Summerside – 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 13.5 9.2 86.3 7.3
0 to 19 18.7 17.6 85.7 9.1
20 to 44 14.2 11.4 97.0 0.0
45 to 64 9.0 3.4 85.3 6.3
65 and over 13.0 3.1 82.4 14.3
Table 15 Summerside – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 16,210 100.0
English only 13,945 86.0
French only 20 0.1
English and French 2,235 13.8
Neither English nor French 15 0.1

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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