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Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census subdivision of Sooke, DM - British Columbia 1

Map of Sooke, DM (shaded in green), British Columbia

Map of Sooke, DM

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Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A: Sooke, DM - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A description: Sooke, DM - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Prov. rank
51
Nat. rank
347

In 2011, Sooke (District municipality) had a population of 11,435, representing a percentage change of 17.9% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.

Land area is 56.72 square kilometres with a population density of 201.6 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, Sooke (District municipality) had 4,505 private dwellings occupied by usual residents. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 16.8%. For Canada as a whole, the number of private dwellings occupied by usual residents increased 7.1%.

Sooke (District municipality) is part of the census metropolitan area of Victoria.

Population and dwelling counts

Sooke (District municipality) – Neighbouring census subdivisions

Table 1 Sooke (District municipality) – Neighbouring census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2011 2006 % change
Metchosin, B.C. DM 4,803 4,795 0.2
Capital H (Part 1), B.C. RDA 4,173 4,250 -1.8
Capital H (Part 2), B.C. RDA 178 234 -23.9
T'Sou-ke, B.C. IRI 219 214 A 2.3

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

Sooke, DM – Age distribution

Table 4 Sooke, DM – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 19.4% 19.8% 18.9%
15 to 64 67.9% 68.1% 67.8%
65 and over 12.7% 12.2% 13.3%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Sooke, DM was 12.7%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 67.9% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 19.4%. 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.

Sooke, DM – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 5 Sooke, DM – 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 11,435 9,700 1,735 17.9
0 to 14 2,215 1,875 340 18.1
15 to 64 7,765 6,620 1,145 17.3
65 and over 1,455 1,210 245 20.2
Males
Total 5,545 4,755 790 16.6
0 to 14 1,100 975 125 12.8
15 to 64 3,775 3,215 560 17.4
65 and over 675 565 110 19.5
Females
Total 5,885 4,945 940 19.0
0 to 14 1,110 895 215 24.0
15 to 64 3,990 3,405 585 17.2
65 and over 780 645 135 20.9

Sooke, DM – Population by five-year age groups and sex

Table 6 Sooke, DM – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 11,435 5,545 5,885
0 to 4 years 715 325 385
5 to 9 years 720 375 345
10 to 14 years 780 400 380
15 to 19 years 700 370 330
20 to 24 years 485 240 250
25 to 29 years 585 265 315
30 to 34 years 750 345 410
35 to 39 years 825 415 410
40 to 44 years 890 445 450
45 to 49 years 990 485 505
50 to 54 years 900 420 475
55 to 59 years 875 420 455
60 to 64 years 765 370 395
65 to 69 years 520 245 280
70 to 74 years 335 180 160
75 to 79 years 265 120 140
80 to 84 years 185 95 90
85 years and over 155 45 110
Median age 40.8 40.4 41.2

Sooke, DM – Median age2 of the population

In 2011, the median age in Sooke, DM was 40.8 years. In comparison, the median age of British Columbia was 41.9 years.

Table 7 Canada, British Columbia and Sooke, DM – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
British Columbia 40.8 41.9
Sooke, DM 40.7 40.8

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families3 in Sooke was 3,425, which represents a change of 15.5% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In Sooke, 68.3% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 16.6% were common-law-couples and 15.0% were lone-parent families.

Sooke – Family structure

Table 8 Canada, British Columbia, CSD of Sooke, DM 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
Sooke, DM 3,425 2,340 68.3 570 16.6 515 15.0 15.5
Metchosin, DM 1,435 1,130 78.7 195 13.6 110 7.7 0.0
Capital H (Part 1), RDA 1,345 970 72.1 250 18.6 120 8.9 2.7
Capital H (Part 2), RDA 50 35 70.0 15 30.0 5 10.0 0.0
T'Sou-ke, IRI 55 25 45.5 15 27.3 20 36.4 -8.3

Sooke – Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census subdivision of Sooke, 45.4% 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 * 1,075
Married couples without children * 1,265
Common-law-couples with children * 240
Common-law-couples without children * 330

Sooke – Marital status

In Sooke, 63.9% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (51.5%) or living with a common-law partner (12.4%).

The remaining 36.1% 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, Sooke, DM – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status Sooke, DM British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 9,220 100.0 3,722,690 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 5,895 63.9 2,154,575 57.9 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 4,745 51.5 1,832,605 49.2 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 1,145 12.4 321,965 8.6 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 3,330 36.1 1,568,120 42.1 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 1,945 21.1 1,014,270 27.2 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 285 3.1 102,035 2.7 698,245 2.5
Divorced 675 7.3 246,515 6.6 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 420 4.6 205,300 5.5 1,584,525 5.7

Sooke – Types of private households

There were 4,505 private households4 in Sooke in 2011, a change of 16.7% from 2006. Of these, 28.2% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of 14.4% compared with five years earlier.

Table 10 Canada, British Columbia, Sooke, DM – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type5 Sooke, DM British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total private households 4,505 100.0 1,764,635 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home6
1,270 28.2 431,135 24.4 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home7
1,505 33.4 532,995 30.2 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households8 480 10.7 168,530 9.6 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 1,000 22.2 498,925 28.3 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple family households9 85 1.9 50,410 2.9 268,060 2.0
Other households10 165 3.7 82,640 4.7 543,340 4.1

Sooke – Structural type of dwelling

In Sooke, 70.9% 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 11 Canada, British Columbia, Sooke, DM – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling Sooke, DM British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 4,505 100.0 1,764,640 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 3,195 70.9 842,120 47.7 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 315 7.0 52,825 3.0 646,240 4.9
Row house 145 3.2 130,370 7.4 791,600 5.9
Apartment, building that has five or more storeys 0 0.0 143,970 8.2 1,234,770 9.3
Apartment, building that has fewer than five storeys 315 7.0 361,150 20.5 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 280 6.2 184,355 10.4 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house11 15 0.3 2,885 0.2 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling12 235 5.2 46,960 2.7 183,510 1.4

Language

Sooke, DM – Mother tongue

Chart J: Sooke, DM - Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home

Chart J description: Sooke, DM - 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 Sooke, 91.7% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 2.4% reported French only, and 5.3% 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, 97.6% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 0.7% spoke only French and 1.1% 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 Sooke, DM – Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home, 2011 Census
Selected languages Mother tongue Language spoken most often at home
number % number %
Total 11,400 100.0 11,395 100.0
English 10,450 91.7 11,120 97.6
French 270 2.4 80 0.7
Non-official language 600 5.3 130 1.1
Multiple responses 85 0.7 65 0.6
Table 13 Sooke, DM – 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 0.0
French 53.3 30.0 23.3
Non-official language 50.4 23.7 26.7

Sooke, DM – Non-official languages

In Sooke, the three most common mother tongues were German (1.5%), Dutch (0.7%) and Spanish (0.7%), 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 Sooke, DM – 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 175 26.7 1.5
Dutch 80 12.2 0.7
Spanish 75 11.5 0.7
Russian 30 4.6 0.3

Sooke, DM – Bilingualism

Table 15 Sooke, DM – 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 9.0 7.0 90.6 8.4
0 to 19 12.7 11.9 83.3 0.0
20 to 44 8.5 6.1 90.0 6.5
45 to 64 7.3 4.5 89.5 11.4
65 and over 7.4 4.2 75.0 11.1
Table 16 Sooke, DM – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 11,400 100.0
English only 10,320 90.5
French only 15 0.1
English and French 1,060 9.3
Neither English nor French 10 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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