Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census subdivision of Pickering, CY - Ontario

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Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A: Pickering, CY - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A description: Pickering, CY - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Prov. rank
27
Nat. rank
58

In 2011, Pickering (City) had a population of 88,721, representing a percentage change of 1.0% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.

Land area is 231.59 square kilometres with a population density of 383.1 persons per square kilometre. This compares to the provincial land area of 908,607.67 square kilometres with a population density of 14.1 persons per square kilometre.

In 2011, Pickering (City) had 29,330 private dwellings occupied by usual residents. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 4.0%. For Canada as a whole, the number of private dwellings occupied by usual residents increased 7.1%.

Pickering (City) is part of the census metropolitan area of Toronto.

Population and dwelling counts

Pickering (City) – Neighbouring census subdivisions

Table 1 Pickering (City) – Neighbouring census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2011 2006 % change
Ajax, Ont. T 109,600 90,167 21.6
Whitby, Ont. T 122,022 111,184 9.7
Scugog, Ont. TP 21,569 21,439 0.6
Uxbridge, Ont. TP 20,623 19,169 7.6
Markham, Ont. T 301,709 261,573 15.3
Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ont. T 37,628 24,390 54.3
Toronto, Ont. C 2,615,060 2,503,281 4.5

Ontario – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the highest population growth

Table 2 Ontario – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the highest population growth, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2011 2006 % change
Milton T 84,362 53,889 A 56.5
Whitchurch-Stouffville T 37,628 24,390 54.3
Ajax T 109,600 90,167 21.6
Brampton CY 523,911 433,806 20.8
Vaughan CY 288,301 238,866 20.7

Ontario – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the lowest population growth

Table 3 Ontario – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the lowest population growth, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2011 2006 % change
Thunder Bay, Unorganized NO 5,909 6,585 -10.3
Hearst T 5,090 5,620 -9.4
Dryden CY 7,617 8,195 -7.1
The Blue Mountains T 6,453 6,825 -5.5

Age and sex

Pickering, CY – Age distribution

Table 4 Pickering, CY – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 17.1% 18.2% 16.1%
15 to 64 71.1% 71.0% 71.2%
65 and over 11.8% 10.8% 12.7%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Pickering, CY was 11.8%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 71.1% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 17.1%. 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.

Pickering, CY – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 5 Pickering, CY – Population by broad age groups, 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 88,720 87,840 880 1.0
0 to 14 15,210 17,390 -2,180 -12.5
15 to 64 63,055 62,170 885 1.4
65 and over 10,450 8,280 2,170 26.2
Males
Total 43,085 42,750 335 0.8
0 to 14 7,840 8,950 -1,110 -12.4
15 to 64 30,575 30,215 360 1.2
65 and over 4,670 3,585 1,085 30.3
Females
Total 45,635 45,090 545 1.2
0 to 14 7,370 8,440 -1,070 -12.7
15 to 64 32,485 31,955 530 1.7
65 and over 5,780 4,695 1,085 23.1

Pickering, CY – Population by five-year age groups and sex

Table 6 Pickering, CY – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 88,720 43,085 45,635
0 to 4 years 4,085 2,090 2,000
5 to 9 years 4,950 2,530 2,420
10 to 14 years 6,170 3,220 2,950
15 to 19 years 7,255 3,765 3,495
20 to 24 years 6,415 3,300 3,110
25 to 29 years 4,900 2,485 2,420
30 to 34 years 4,525 2,125 2,405
35 to 39 years 5,135 2,370 2,765
40 to 44 years 6,545 3,005 3,535
45 to 49 years 8,325 3,900 4,425
50 to 54 years 7,910 3,750 4,160
55 to 59 years 6,605 3,185 3,425
60 to 64 years 5,435 2,690 2,745
65 to 69 years 3,455 1,710 1,745
70 to 74 years 2,445 1,145 1,300
75 to 79 years 1,930 850 1,080
80 to 84 years 1,390 560 825
85 years and over 1,235 405 825
Median age 40.7 39.3 41.9

Pickering, CY – Median age1 of the population

In 2011, the median age in Pickering, CY was 40.7 years. In comparison, the median age of Ontario was 40.4 years.

Table 7 Canada, Ontario and Pickering, CY – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
Ontario 39.0 40.4
Pickering, CY 38.3 40.7

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families2 in Pickering was 25,420, which represents a change of 2.1% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In Pickering, 73.2% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 8.4% were common-law-couples and 18.4% were lone-parent families.

Pickering – Family structure

Table 8 Canada, Ontario, CSD of Pickering, CY and neighbouring census subdivisions – 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
Ontario  3,612,205 2,612,890 72.3 394,670 10.9 604,645 16.7 5.5
Pickering, CY 25,420 18,615 73.2 2,140 8.4 4,670 18.4 2.1
Ajax, T 30,955 22,610 73.0 2,685 8.7 5,660 18.3 22.4
Whitby, T 34,460 25,785 74.8 3,270 9.5 5,400 15.7 9.9
Scugog, TP 6,555 4,960 75.7 775 11.8 815 12.4 0.8
Uxbridge, TP 6,065 4,695 77.4 640 10.6 725 12.0 8.2
Markham, T 86,610 72,005 83.1 3,265 3.8 11,340 13.1 16.6
Whitchurch-Stouffville, T 11,210 9,060 80.8 970 8.7 1,180 10.5 57.3
Toronto, C 690,340 473,440 68.6 69,910 10.1 146,990 21.3 3.0

Pickering – Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census subdivision of Pickering, 56.0% 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.

Presence of children within couple families
* Children aged 24 and under at home
Married couples with children * 10,665
Married couples without children * 7,945
Common-law-couples with children * 960
Common-law-couples without children * 1,175

Pickering – Marital status

In Pickering, 57.4% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (51.6%) or living with a common-law partner (5.8%).

The remaining 42.6% 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 9 Canada, Ontario, Pickering, CY – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status Pickering, CY Ontario Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 73,510 100.0 10,671,050 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 42,220 57.4 6,158,605 57.7 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 37,940 51.6 5,367,400 50.3 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 4,275 5.8 791,210 7.4 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 31,290 42.6 4,512,440 42.3 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 21,960 29.9 2,985,020 28.0 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 1,960 2.7 319,805 3.0 698,245 2.5
Divorced 3,725 5.1 593,730 5.6 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 3,645 5.0 613,880 5.8 1,584,525 5.7

Pickering – Types of private households

There were 29,330 private households3 in Pickering in 2011, a change of 3.9% from 2006. Of these, 37.4% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of -6.7% compared with five years earlier.

Table 10 Canada, Ontario, Pickering, CY – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type4 Pickering, CY Ontario Canada
number % number % number %
Total private households 29,330 100.0 4,887,505 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home5
10,955 37.4 1,402,420 28.7 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home6
8,095 27.6 1,408,120 28.8 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households7 3,895 13.3 535,825 11.0 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 4,510 15.4 1,230,980 25.2 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple family households8 1,200 4.1 128,660 2.6 268,060 2.0
Other households9 675 2.3 181,500 3.7 543,340 4.1

Pickering – Structural type of dwelling

In Pickering, 63.0% of private households lived in single-detached houses and 7.8% lived in apartments in buildings that have five or more storeys. The rest lived in other types of dwelling structures.

Table 11 Canada, Ontario, Pickering, CY – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling Pickering, CY Ontario Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 29,330 100.0 4,887,510 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 18,480 63.0 2,718,880 55.6 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 2,260 7.7 279,470 5.7 646,240 4.9
Row house 3,625 12.4 415,230 8.5 791,600 5.9
Apartment, building that has five or more storeys 2,285 7.8 789,975 16.2 1,234,770 9.3
Apartment, building that has fewer than five storeys 905 3.1 498,160 10.2 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 1,755 6.0 160,460 3.3 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house10 10 0.0 9,535 0.2 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling11 5 0.0 15,795 0.3 183,510 1.4

Language

Pickering, CY – Mother tongue

Chart J: Pickering, CY - Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home

Chart J description: Pickering, CY - 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 Pickering, 78.6% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 1.3% reported French only, and 18.0% reported a non-official language only, in 2011. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 68.2% for English only, 3.9% for French only and 25.7% for only non-official languages.

In 2011, 88.5% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 0.5% spoke only French and 7.4% spoke only a non-official language. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 79.0% for only English, 2.2% for only French and 14.4% for only a non-official language.

Table 12 Pickering, CY – Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home, 2011 Census
Selected languages Mother tongue Language spoken most often at home
number % number %
Total 88,260 100.0 88,255 100.0
English 69,380 78.6 78,085 88.5
French 1,115 1.3 425 0.5
Non-official language 15,880 18.0 6,565 7.4
Multiple responses 1,880 2.1 3,185 3.6
Table 13 Pickering, CY – 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 99.7 99.3 0.4
French 58.5 33.9 24.5
Non-official language 75.2 49.2 26.0

Pickering, CY – Non-official languages

In Pickering, the three most common mother tongues were Urdu (1.8%), Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) (1.8%) and Italian (1.5%), in 2011. In comparison, the most common mother tongues at the provincial / territorial level were Italian (2.1%), Chinese, n.o.s. (1.6%) and Cantonese (1.5%).

Table 14 Pickering, CY – 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.
Urdu 1,595 9.1 1.8
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 1,570 8.9 1.8
Italian 1,365 7.8 1.5
Arabic 950 5.4 1.1
Spanish 920 5.2 1.0

Pickering, CY – Bilingualism

Table 15 Pickering, CY – 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 6.6 5.5 90.1 5.5
0 to 19 9.1 8.2 91.7 10.4
20 to 44 7.3 6.3 90.6 6.0
45 to 64 5.0 3.3 89.8 4.7
65 and over 3.7 2.1 88.6 2.7
Table 16 Pickering, CY – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 88,260 100.0
English only 81,555 92.4
French only 45 0.1
English and French 5,965 6.8
Neither English nor French 690 0.8

Symbols:

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not applicable
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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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