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Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census subdivision of Stratford, CY - Ontario 1

Map of Stratford, CY (shaded in green), Ontario

Map of Stratford, CY

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Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

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

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

Prov. rank
54
Nat. rank
140

In 2011, Stratford (City) had a population of 30,886, representing a percentage change of 1.2% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.

Land area is 26.95 square kilometres with a population density of 1,146.0 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, Stratford (City) had 13,330 private dwellings occupied by usual residents. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 3.4%. For Canada as a whole, the number of private dwellings occupied by usual residents increased 7.1%.

Stratford (City) is part of the census agglomeration of Stratford.

Population and dwelling counts

Stratford (City) – Neighbouring census subdivisions

Table 1 Stratford (City) – Neighbouring census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2011 2006 % change
Perth South, Ont. TP 3,993 4,132 -3.4
Perth East, Ont. TP 12,028 11,986 A 0.4

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

Stratford, CY – Age distribution

Table 4 Stratford, CY – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 15.7% 17.3% 14.2%
15 to 64 66.1% 67.0% 65.3%
65 and over 18.2% 15.7% 20.5%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Stratford, CY was 18.2%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 66.1% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 15.7%. 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.

Stratford, CY – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 5 Stratford, 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 30,885 30,500 385 1.3
0 to 14 4,845 5,285 -440 -8.3
15 to 64 20,420 20,220 200 1.0
65 and over 5,620 5,000 620 12.4
Males
Total 14,795 14,545 250 1.7
0 to 14 2,560 2,740 -180 -6.6
15 to 64 9,915 9,770 145 1.5
65 and over 2,320 2,035 285 14.0
Females
Total 16,090 15,955 135 0.8
0 to 14 2,285 2,550 -265 -10.4
15 to 64 10,505 10,450 55 0.5
65 and over 3,295 2,960 335 11.3

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

Table 6 Stratford, CY – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 30,885 14,795 16,090
0 to 4 years 1,505 820 685
5 to 9 years 1,605 830 780
10 to 14 years 1,735 915 820
15 to 19 years 1,975 1,005 970
20 to 24 years 1,785 915 870
25 to 29 years 1,730 825 905
30 to 34 years 1,755 860 895
35 to 39 years 1,850 910 945
40 to 44 years 1,965 955 1,005
45 to 49 years 2,420 1,195 1,225
50 to 54 years 2,500 1,240 1,265
55 to 59 years 2,410 1,090 1,315
60 to 64 years 2,030 925 1,105
65 to 69 years 1,495 700 790
70 to 74 years 1,215 540 680
75 to 79 years 1,010 425 590
80 to 84 years 910 340 570
85 years and over 990 320 670
Median age 43.8 41.7 45.7

Stratford, CY – Median age2 of the population

In 2011, the median age in Stratford, CY was 43.8 years. In comparison, the median age of Ontario was 40.4 years.

Table 7 Canada, Ontario and Stratford, CY – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
Ontario 39.0 40.4
Stratford, CY 41.1 43.8

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families3 in Stratford was 8,655, which represents a change of 0.4% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In Stratford, 69.1% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 14.1% were common-law-couples and 16.9% were lone-parent families.

Stratford – Family structure

Table 8 Canada, Ontario, CSD of Stratford, 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
Stratford, CY 8,655 5,980 69.1 1,220 14.1 1,465 16.9 0.4
Perth South, TP 1,175 975 83.0 115 9.8 85 7.2 -2.1
Perth East, TP 3,215 2,765 86.0 235 7.3 210 6.5 0.3

Stratford – Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census subdivision of Stratford, 42.4% 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 * 2,575
Married couples without children * 3,400
Common-law-couples with children * 465
Common-law-couples without children * 750

Stratford – Marital status

In Stratford, 56.6% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (47.2%) or living with a common-law partner (9.4%).

The remaining 43.4% 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 9 Canada, Ontario, Stratford, CY – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status Stratford, CY Ontario Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 26,040 100.0 10,671,050 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 14,740 56.6 6,158,605 57.7 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 12,295 47.2 5,367,400 50.3 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 2,445 9.4 791,210 7.4 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 11,300 43.4 4,512,440 42.3 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 6,470 24.8 2,985,020 28.0 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 990 3.8 319,805 3.0 698,245 2.5
Divorced 1,810 7.0 593,730 5.6 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 2,025 7.8 613,880 5.8 1,584,525 5.7

Stratford – Types of private households

There were 13,330 private households4 in Stratford in 2011, a change of 3.4% from 2006. Of these, 22.6% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of -8.6% compared with five years earlier.

Table 10 Canada, Ontario, Stratford, CY – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type5 Stratford, CY Ontario Canada
number % number % number %
Total private households 13,330 100.0 4,887,505 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home6
3,010 22.6 1,402,420 28.7 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home7
4,050 30.4 1,408,120 28.8 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households8 1,390 10.4 535,825 11.0 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 4,385 32.9 1,230,980 25.2 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple family households9 105 0.8 128,660 2.6 268,060 2.0
Other households10 395 3.0 181,500 3.7 543,340 4.1

Stratford – Structural type of dwelling

In Stratford, 55.0% of private households lived in single-detached houses and 4.3% lived in apartments in buildings that have five or more storeys. The rest lived in other types of dwelling structures.

Table 11 Canada, Ontario, Stratford, CY – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling Stratford, CY Ontario Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 13,330 100.0 4,887,510 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 7,330 55.0 2,718,880 55.6 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 1,510 11.3 279,470 5.7 646,240 4.9
Row house 700 5.3 415,230 8.5 791,600 5.9
Apartment, building that has five or more storeys 570 4.3 789,975 16.2 1,234,770 9.3
Apartment, building that has fewer than five storeys 2,555 19.2 498,160 10.2 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 640 4.8 160,460 3.3 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house11 25 0.2 9,535 0.2 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling12 0 0.0 15,795 0.3 183,510 1.4

Language

Stratford, CY – Mother tongue

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

Chart J description: Stratford, 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 Stratford, 92.0% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 0.8% reported French only, and 6.7% 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, 96.9% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 0.1% spoke only French and 2.1% 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 Stratford, 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 30,515 100.0 30,515 100.0
English 28,080 92.0 29,570 96.9
French 230 0.8 45 0.1
Non-official language 2,035 6.7 645 2.1
Multiple responses 170 0.6 255 0.8
Table 13 Stratford, CY – Mother-tongue retention, 2011 Census
Mother tongue Mother-tongue retention13
(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 47.4 17.5 29.8
Non-official language 61.9 36.7 25.2

Stratford, CY – Non-official languages

In Stratford, the three most common mother tongues were German (1.4%), Dutch (0.8%) and Italian (0.5%), 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 Stratford, 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.
German 425 19.6 1.4
Dutch 245 11.3 0.8
Italian 155 7.2 0.5
Spanish 155 7.2 0.5
Polish 100 4.6 0.3

Stratford, CY – Bilingualism

Table 15 Stratford, 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 5.6 5.0 84.8 5.4
0 to 19 8.7 8.3 100.0 12.5
20 to 44 5.8 5.2 83.3 5.3
45 to 64 4.6 3.5 89.5 6.9
65 and over 3.1 2.3 80.0 2.9
Table 16 Stratford, CY – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 30,520 100.0
English only 28,700 94.0
French only 5 0.0
English and French 1,740 5.7
Neither English nor French 70 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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