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Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census subdivision of Colwood, CY - British Columbia

Map of Colwood, CY (shaded in green), British Columbia

Map of Colwood, CY

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Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

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

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

Prov. rank
41
Nat. rank
253

In 2011, Colwood (City) had a population of 16,093, representing a percentage change of 9.6% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.

Land area is 17.66 square kilometres with a population density of 911.2 persons per square kilometre. This compares to the provincial land area of 922,509.29 square kilometres with a population density of 4.8 persons per square kilometre.

In 2011, Colwood (City) had 6,096 private dwellings occupied by usual residents. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 10.8%. For Canada as a whole, the number of private dwellings occupied by usual residents increased 7.1%.

Colwood (City) is part of the census metropolitan area of Victoria.

Population and dwelling counts

Colwood (City) – Neighbouring census subdivisions

Table 1 Colwood (City) – Neighbouring census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2011 2006 % change
Esquimalt, B.C. DM 16,209 16,840 -3.7
Metchosin, B.C. DM 4,803 4,795 0.2
Langford, B.C. CY 29,228 22,459 30.1
View Royal, B.C. T 9,381 8,768 7.0
Capital H (Part 1), B.C. RDA 4,173 4,250 -1.8

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

Table 2 British Columbia – 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
Langford CY 29,228 22,459 30.1
Lake Country DM 11,708 9,606 21.9
Port Moody CY 32,975 27,512 19.9
Kent DM 5,664 4,738 E 19.5
Surrey CY 468,251 394,976 18.6

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

Table 3 British Columbia – 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
Kitimat DM 8,335 8,987 -7.3
Peace River D RDA 5,479 5,749 -4.7
Esquimalt DM 16,209 16,840 -3.7
Hope DM 5,969 6,185 -3.5
Okanagan-Similkameen D RDA 5,717 5,913 -3.3

Age and sex

Colwood, CY – Age distribution

Table 4 Colwood, CY – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 17.9% 18.7% 17.0%
15 to 64 69.2% 68.8% 69.6%
65 and over 12.9% 12.4% 13.4%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Colwood, CY was 12.9%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 69.2% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 17.9%. 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.

Colwood, CY – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 5 Colwood, 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 16,095 14,685 1,410 9.6
0 to 14 2,875 2,950 -75 -2.5
15 to 64 11,140 10,150 990 9.8
65 and over 2,080 1,590 490 30.8
Males
Total 7,930 7,175 755 10.5
0 to 14 1,480 1,500 -20 -1.3
15 to 64 5,455 4,960 495 10.0
65 and over 985 720 265 36.8
Females
Total 8,165 7,510 655 8.7
0 to 14 1,390 1,450 -60 -4.1
15 to 64 5,680 5,185 495 9.5
65 and over 1,095 875 220 25.1

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

Table 6 Colwood, CY – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 16,095 7,930 8,165
0 to 4 years 975 505 470
5 to 9 years 925 485 435
10 to 14 years 975 495 485
15 to 19 years 1,075 535 540
20 to 24 years 850 420 425
25 to 29 years 1,015 520 490
30 to 34 years 1,145 545 600
35 to 39 years 1,065 550 515
40 to 44 years 1,225 620 610
45 to 49 years 1,350 655 695
50 to 54 years 1,305 605 700
55 to 59 years 1,140 540 600
60 to 64 years 965 465 500
65 to 69 years 765 380 385
70 to 74 years 495 240 250
75 to 79 years 365 175 185
80 to 84 years 255 125 135
85 years and over 205 70 135
Median age 40.1 39.0 41.0

Colwood, CY – Median age1 of the population

In 2011, the median age in Colwood, CY was 40.1 years. In comparison, the median age of British Columbia was 41.9 years.

Table 7 Canada, British Columbia and Colwood, CY – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
British Columbia 40.8 41.9
Colwood, CY 38.7 40.1

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families2 in Colwood was 4,920, which represents a change of 9.5% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In Colwood, 73.0% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 13.9% were common-law-couples and 13.1% were lone-parent families.

Colwood – Family structure

Table 8 Canada, British Columbia, CSD of Colwood, 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
British Columbia  1,238,155 887,990 71.7 160,360 13.0 189,805 15.3 6.6
Colwood, CY 4,920 3,590 73.0 685 13.9 645 13.1 9.5
Esquimalt, DM 4,210 2,470 58.7 945 22.4 795 18.9 -5.3
Metchosin, DM 1,435 1,130 78.7 195 13.6 110 7.7 0.0
Langford, CY 8,575 5,615 65.5 1,560 18.2 1,400 16.3 29.2
View Royal, T 2,775 2,000 72.1 390 14.1 380 13.7 10.8
Capital H (Part 1), RDA 1,345 970 72.1 250 18.6 120 8.9 2.7

Colwood – Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census subdivision of Colwood, 46.0% 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 * 1,695
Married couples without children * 1,900
Common-law-couples with children * 275
Common-law-couples without children * 410

Colwood – Marital status

In Colwood, 65.2% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (54.8%) or living with a common-law partner (10.4%).

The remaining 34.8% 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, British Columbia, Colwood, CY – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status Colwood, CY British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 13,220 100.0 3,722,690 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 8,620 65.2 2,154,575 57.9 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 7,250 54.8 1,832,605 49.2 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 1,370 10.4 321,965 8.6 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 4,600 34.8 1,568,120 42.1 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 2,910 22.0 1,014,270 27.2 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 315 2.4 102,035 2.7 698,245 2.5
Divorced 815 6.2 246,515 6.6 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 560 4.2 205,300 5.5 1,584,525 5.7

Colwood – Types of private households

There were 6,100 private households3 in Colwood in 2011, a change of 10.9% from 2006. Of these, 31.1% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of -0.3% compared with five years earlier.

Table 10 Canada, British Columbia, Colwood, CY – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type4 Colwood, CY British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total private households 6,100 100.0 1,764,635 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home5
1,895 31.1 431,135 24.4 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home6
2,115 34.7 532,995 30.2 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households7 565 9.3 168,530 9.6 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 1,145 18.8 498,925 28.3 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple family households8 170 2.8 50,410 2.9 268,060 2.0
Other households9 210 3.4 82,640 4.7 543,340 4.1

Colwood – Structural type of dwelling

In Colwood, 55.4% of private households lived in single-detached houses and 0.5% lived in apartments in buildings that have five or more storeys. The rest lived in other types of dwelling structures.

Table 11 Canada, British Columbia, Colwood, CY – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling Colwood, CY British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 6,100 100.0 1,764,640 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 3,380 55.4 842,120 47.7 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 725 11.9 52,825 3.0 646,240 4.9
Row house 460 7.5 130,370 7.4 791,600 5.9
Apartment, building that has five or more storeys 30 0.5 143,970 8.2 1,234,770 9.3
Apartment, building that has fewer than five storeys 475 7.8 361,150 20.5 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 1,015 16.6 184,355 10.4 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house10 5 0.1 2,885 0.2 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling11 5 0.1 46,960 2.7 183,510 1.4

Language

Colwood, CY – Mother tongue

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

Chart J description: Colwood, 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 Colwood, 89.9% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 2.2% reported French only, and 6.9% reported a non-official language only, 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, 96.1% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 0.9% spoke only French and 1.8% spoke only a non-official language. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 80.5% for only English, 0.4% for only French and 15.4% for only a non-official language.

Table 12 Colwood, 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 16,065 100.0 16,065 100.0
English 14,450 89.9 15,440 96.1
French 355 2.2 145 0.9
Non-official language 1,115 6.9 290 1.8
Multiple responses 145 0.9 195 1.2
Table 13 Colwood, 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 99.9 99.8 0.1
French 64.2 38.3 25.9
Non-official language 60.3 31.8 28.5

Colwood, CY – Non-official languages

In Colwood, the three most common mother tongues were German (1.2%), Spanish (0.6%) and Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) (0.6%), 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 14 Colwood, 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 190 15.6 1.2
Spanish 100 8.2 0.6
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 100 8.2 0.6
Dutch 85 7.0 0.5
Portuguese 65 5.3 0.4

Colwood, CY – Bilingualism

Table 15 Colwood, 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 7.5 5.6 87.3 6.3
0 to 19 8.6 7.8 66.7 10.5
20 to 44 9.7 6.7 91.9 5.7
45 to 64 5.9 3.9 88.9 7.9
65 and over 3.6 2.0 85.7 3.4
Table 16 Colwood, CY – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 16,065 100.0
English only 14,775 92.0
French only 15 0.1
English and French 1,240 7.7
Neither English nor French 25 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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