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Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census subdivision of Niagara Falls, CY - Ontario

Map of Niagara Falls, CY (shaded in green), Ontario

Map of Niagara Falls, CY

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Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A: Niagara Falls, CY - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

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

Prov. rank
30
Nat. rank
65

In 2011, Niagara Falls (City) had a population of 82,997, representing a percentage change of 1.0% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.

Land area is 209.71 square kilometres with a population density of 395.8 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, Niagara Falls (City) had 33,382 private dwellings occupied by usual residents. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 2.8%. For Canada as a whole, the number of private dwellings occupied by usual residents increased 7.1%.

Niagara Falls (City) is part of the census metropolitan area of St. Catharines - Niagara.

Population and dwelling counts

Niagara Falls (City) – Neighbouring census subdivisions

Table 1 Niagara Falls (City) – Neighbouring census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2011 2006 % change
Fort Erie, Ont. T 29,960 29,925 0.1
Port Colborne, Ont. CY 18,424 18,599 -0.9
Welland, Ont. CY 50,631 50,331 0.6
Thorold, Ont. CY 17,931 18,224 -1.6
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. T 15,400 14,587 5.6

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

Niagara Falls, CY – Age distribution

Table 4 Niagara Falls, CY – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 15.6% 16.5% 14.7%
15 to 64 66.5% 67.4% 65.7%
65 and over 17.9% 16.1% 19.6%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Niagara Falls, CY was 17.9%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 66.5% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 15.6%. 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.

Niagara Falls, CY – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 5 Niagara Falls, 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 82,995 82,185 810 1.0
0 to 14 12,920 13,755 -835 -6.1
15 to 64 55,200 54,380 820 1.5
65 and over 14,875 14,050 825 5.9
Males
Total 39,870 39,435 435 1.1
0 to 14 6,565 7,015 -450 -6.4
15 to 64 26,870 26,465 405 1.5
65 and over 6,430 5,955 475 8.0
Females
Total 43,125 42,750 375 0.9
0 to 14 6,355 6,740 -385 -5.7
15 to 64 28,330 27,915 415 1.5
65 and over 8,440 8,100 340 4.2

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

Table 6 Niagara Falls, CY – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 82,995 39,870 43,125
0 to 4 years 3,975 2,015 1,955
5 to 9 years 4,240 2,200 2,040
10 to 14 years 4,715 2,355 2,360
15 to 19 years 5,405 2,780 2,620
20 to 24 years 5,125 2,620 2,505
25 to 29 years 4,705 2,320 2,380
30 to 34 years 4,570 2,180 2,385
35 to 39 years 5,045 2,430 2,610
40 to 44 years 5,730 2,765 2,965
45 to 49 years 6,625 3,210 3,415
50 to 54 years 6,555 3,115 3,440
55 to 59 years 5,980 2,845 3,140
60 to 64 years 5,465 2,600 2,865
65 to 69 years 4,140 2,000 2,140
70 to 74 years 3,295 1,495 1,800
75 to 79 years 2,860 1,280 1,585
80 to 84 years 2,370 960 1,410
85 years and over 2,210 695 1,515
Median age 43.3 41.9 44.6

Niagara Falls, CY – Median age1 of the population

In 2011, the median age in Niagara Falls, CY was 43.3 years. In comparison, the median age of Ontario was 40.4 years.

Table 7 Canada, Ontario and Niagara Falls, CY – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
Ontario 39.0 40.4
Niagara Falls, CY 41.5 43.3

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families2 in Niagara Falls was 23,750, 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 Niagara Falls, 67.6% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 11.9% were common-law-couples and 20.5% were lone-parent families.

Niagara Falls – Family structure

Table 8 Canada, Ontario, CSD of Niagara Falls, 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
Niagara Falls, CY 23,750 16,050 67.6 2,835 11.9 4,860 20.5 0.2
Fort Erie, T 8,920 6,210 69.6 1,165 13.1 1,545 17.3 0.5
Port Colborne, CY 5,430 3,775 69.5 700 12.9 945 17.4 -1.5
Welland, CY 14,855 10,035 67.6 1,945 13.1 2,870 19.3 0.4
Thorold, CY 4,980 3,480 69.9 575 11.5 930 18.7 -5.1
Niagara-on-the-Lake, T 4,645 3,920 84.4 310 6.7 410 8.8 7.6

Niagara Falls – Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census subdivision of Niagara Falls, 44.7% 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.

Presence of children within couple families
* Children aged 24 and under at home
Married couples with children * 7,245
Married couples without children * 8,805
Common-law-couples with children * 1,190
Common-law-couples without children * 1,650

Niagara Falls – Marital status

In Niagara Falls, 55.0% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (46.8%) or living with a common-law partner (8.2%).

The remaining 45.0% 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, Niagara Falls, CY – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status Niagara Falls, CY Ontario Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 70,075 100.0 10,671,050 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 38,530 55.0 6,158,605 57.7 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 32,815 46.8 5,367,400 50.3 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 5,715 8.2 791,210 7.4 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 31,545 45.0 4,512,440 42.3 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 18,365 26.2 2,985,020 28.0 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 2,790 4.0 319,805 3.0 698,245 2.5
Divorced 4,990 7.1 593,730 5.6 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 5,400 7.7 613,880 5.8 1,584,525 5.7

Niagara Falls – Types of private households

There were 33,380 private households3 in Niagara Falls in 2011, a change of 2.7% from 2006. Of these, 24.4% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of -5.3% compared with five years earlier.

Table 10 Canada, Ontario, Niagara Falls, CY – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type4 Niagara Falls, CY Ontario Canada
number % number % number %
Total private households 33,380 100.0 4,887,505 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home5
8,155 24.4 1,402,420 28.7 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home6
9,950 29.8 1,408,120 28.8 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households7 4,470 13.4 535,825 11.0 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 9,120 27.3 1,230,980 25.2 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple family households8 575 1.7 128,660 2.6 268,060 2.0
Other households9 1,110 3.3 181,500 3.7 543,340 4.1

Niagara Falls – Structural type of dwelling

In Niagara Falls, 67.9% of private households lived in single-detached houses and 4.0% lived in apartments in buildings that have five or more storeys. The rest lived in other types of dwelling structures.

Table 11 Canada, Ontario, Niagara Falls, CY – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling Niagara Falls, CY Ontario Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 33,380 100.0 4,887,510 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 22,680 67.9 2,718,880 55.6 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 1,900 5.7 279,470 5.7 646,240 4.9
Row house 1,825 5.5 415,230 8.5 791,600 5.9
Apartment, building that has five or more storeys 1,330 4.0 789,975 16.2 1,234,770 9.3
Apartment, building that has fewer than five storeys 4,415 13.2 498,160 10.2 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 1,135 3.4 160,460 3.3 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house10 75 0.2 9,535 0.2 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling11 20 0.1 15,795 0.3 183,510 1.4

Language

Niagara Falls, CY – Mother tongue

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

Chart J description: Niagara Falls, 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 Niagara Falls, 79.0% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 2.2% reported French only, and 17.2% 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, 89.2% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 0.6% spoke only French and 7.5% 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 Niagara Falls, 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 82,010 100.0 82,005 100.0
English 64,750 79.0 73,125 89.2
French 1,805 2.2 505 0.6
Non-official language 14,095 17.2 6,155 7.5
Multiple responses 1,360 1.7 2,225 2.7
Table 13 Niagara Falls, 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 99.8 99.5 0.2
French 52.1 26.7 25.5
Non-official language 74.2 49.9 24.3

Niagara Falls, CY – Non-official languages

In Niagara Falls, the three most common mother tongues were Italian (5.4%), Serbian (1.4%) and Spanish (1.1%), 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 Niagara Falls, 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.
Italian 4,425 29.1 5.4
Serbian 1,155 7.6 1.4
Spanish 865 5.7 1.1
German 760 5.0 0.9
Polish 695 4.6 0.8

Niagara Falls, CY – Bilingualism

Table 15 Niagara Falls, 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 6.2 4.4 87.0 4.5
0 to 19 7.5 6.5 82.9 10.5
20 to 44 6.9 5.5 89.2 5.5
45 to 64 5.2 2.5 88.3 3.7
65 and over 5.2 1.8 84.1 2.6
Table 16 Niagara Falls, CY – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 82,005 100.0
English only 75,775 92.4
French only 65 0.1
English and French 5,325 6.5
Neither English nor French 840 1.0

Symbols:

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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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