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Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census subdivision of Nanaimo A, RDA - British Columbia

Map of Nanaimo A, RDA (shaded in green), British Columbia

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Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A: Nanaimo A, RDA - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A description: Nanaimo A, RDA - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Prov. rank
76
Nat. rank
550

In 2011, Nanaimo A (Regional district electoral area) had a population of 6,908, representing a percentage change of 2.3% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.

Land area is 59.70 square kilometres with a population density of 115.7 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, Nanaimo A (Regional district electoral area) had 2,901 private dwellings occupied by usual residents. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 5.3%. For Canada as a whole, the number of private dwellings occupied by usual residents increased 7.1%.

Nanaimo A (Regional district electoral area) is part of the census agglomeration of Nanaimo.

Population and dwelling counts

Nanaimo A (Regional district electoral area) – Neighbouring census subdivisions

Table 1 Nanaimo A (Regional district electoral area) – Neighbouring census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2011 2006 % change
Cowichan Valley G, B.C. RDA 2,221 2,249 -1.2
Cowichan Valley H, B.C. RDA 2,332 2,269 A 2.8
Nanaimo, B.C. CY 83,810 78,692 6.5
Nanaimo B, B.C. RDA 4,045 4,050 -0.1
Nanaimo C, B.C. RDA 2,834 2,508 13.0
Nanaimo River, B.C. IRI 287 279 A 2.9

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

Nanaimo A, RDA – Age distribution

Table 4 Nanaimo A, RDA – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 13.7% 13.6% 13.7%
15 to 64 69.9% 68.8% 70.9%
65 and over 16.6% 17.6% 15.3%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Nanaimo A, RDA was 16.6%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 69.9% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 13.7%. 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.

Nanaimo A, RDA – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 5 Nanaimo A, RDA – 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 6,905 6,750 155 2.3
0 to 14 945 1,120 -175 -15.6
15 to 64 4,825 4,690 135 2.9
65 and over 1,145 940 205 21.8
Males
Total 3,520 3,425 95 2.8
0 to 14 480 580 -100 -17.2
15 to 64 2,420 2,330 90 3.9
65 and over 620 515 105 20.4
Females
Total 3,390 3,325 65 2.0
0 to 14 465 545 -80 -14.7
15 to 64 2,405 2,355 50 2.1
65 and over 520 435 85 19.5

Nanaimo A, RDA – Population by five-year age groups and sex

Table 6 Nanaimo A, RDA – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 6,905 3,520 3,390
0 to 4 years 265 140 125
5 to 9 years 315 150 165
10 to 14 years 360 190 175
15 to 19 years 450 255 195
20 to 24 years 320 170 150
25 to 29 years 250 120 130
30 to 34 years 300 170 135
35 to 39 years 385 185 200
40 to 44 years 520 250 270
45 to 49 years 650 315 330
50 to 54 years 670 305 360
55 to 59 years 695 350 345
60 to 64 years 590 300 290
65 to 69 years 450 255 195
70 to 74 years 305 160 145
75 to 79 years 190 110 80
80 to 84 years 115 60 60
85 years and over 80 35 45
Median age 47.3 47.3 47.3

Nanaimo A, RDA – Median age1 of the population

In 2011, the median age in Nanaimo A, RDA was 47.3 years. In comparison, the median age of British Columbia was 41.9 years.

Table 7 Canada, British Columbia and Nanaimo A, RDA – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
British Columbia 40.8 41.9
Nanaimo A, RDA 43.9 47.3

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families2 in Nanaimo A was 2,145, which represents a change of 1.9% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In Nanaimo A, 70.2% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 17.0% were common-law-couples and 12.6% were lone-parent families.

Nanaimo A – Family structure

Table 8 Canada, British Columbia, CSD of Nanaimo A, RDA 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
Nanaimo A, RDA 2,145 1,505 70.2 365 17.0 270 12.6 1.9
Cowichan Valley G, RDA 735 565 76.9 100 13.6 65 8.8 2.1
Cowichan Valley H, RDA 770 570 74.0 120 15.6 75 9.7 4.1
Nanaimo, CY 23,885 15,945 66.8 3,695 15.5 4,240 17.8 5.8
Nanaimo B, RDA 1,295 890 68.7 260 20.1 140 10.8 0.0
Nanaimo C, RDA 855 625 73.1 135 15.8 95 11.1 15.5
Nanaimo River, IRI 85 35 41.2 20 23.5 30 35.3 0.0

Nanaimo A – Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census subdivision of Nanaimo A, 36.0% 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 * 540
Married couples without children * 965
Common-law-couples with children * 135
Common-law-couples without children * 230

Nanaimo A – Marital status

In Nanaimo A, 63.7% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (51.3%) or living with a common-law partner (12.4%).

The remaining 36.2% 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, Nanaimo A, RDA – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status Nanaimo A, RDA British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 5,965 100.0 3,722,690 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 3,800 63.7 2,154,575 57.9 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 3,060 51.3 1,832,605 49.2 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 740 12.4 321,965 8.6 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 2,160 36.2 1,568,120 42.1 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 1,275 21.4 1,014,270 27.2 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 160 2.7 102,035 2.7 698,245 2.5
Divorced 470 7.9 246,515 6.6 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 255 4.3 205,300 5.5 1,584,525 5.7

Nanaimo A – Types of private households

There were 2,900 private households3 in Nanaimo A in 2011, a change of 5.3% from 2006. Of these, 22.4% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of -9.7% compared with five years earlier.

Table 10 Canada, British Columbia, Nanaimo A, RDA – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type4 Nanaimo A, RDA British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total private households 2,900 100.0 1,764,635 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home5
650 22.4 431,135 24.4 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home6
1,145 39.5 532,995 30.2 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households7 230 7.9 168,530 9.6 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 700 24.1 498,925 28.3 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple family households8 55 1.9 50,410 2.9 268,060 2.0
Other households9 120 4.1 82,640 4.7 543,340 4.1

Nanaimo A – Structural type of dwelling

In Nanaimo A, 80.3% 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, Nanaimo A, RDA – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling Nanaimo A, RDA British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 2,900 100.0 1,764,640 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 2,330 80.3 842,120 47.7 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 15 0.5 52,825 3.0 646,240 4.9
Row house 0 0.0 130,370 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 10 0.3 361,150 20.5 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 90 3.1 184,355 10.4 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house10 5 0.2 2,885 0.2 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling11 440 15.2 46,960 2.7 183,510 1.4

Language

Nanaimo A, RDA – Mother tongue

Chart J: Nanaimo A, RDA - Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home

Chart J description: Nanaimo A, RDA - 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 Nanaimo A, 93.3% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 1.5% reported French only, and 4.9% 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, 98.3% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 0.4% spoke only French and 0.9% 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 Nanaimo A, RDA – Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home, 2011 Census
Selected languages Mother tongue Language spoken most often at home
number % number %
Total 6,905 100.0 6,910 100.0
English 6,440 93.3 6,790 98.3
French 105 1.5 30 0.4
Non-official language 340 4.9 60 0.9
Multiple responses 30 0.4 30 0.4
Table 13 Nanaimo A, RDA – 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 42.9 19.0 23.8
Non-official language 47.9 20.5 27.4

Nanaimo A, RDA – Non-official languages

In Nanaimo A, the three most common mother tongues were German (1.7%), Dutch (0.6%) and Danish (0.4%), 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 Nanaimo A, RDA – 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 120 33.3 1.7
Dutch 40 11.1 0.6
Danish 25 6.9 0.4
Panjabi (Punjabi) 15 4.2 0.2

Nanaimo A, RDA – Bilingualism

Table 15 Nanaimo A, RDA – 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 5.1 3.7 76.2 8.8
0 to 19 7.2 6.9 100.0 0.0
20 to 44 4.8 3.8 75.0 25.0
45 to 64 4.4 2.7 80.0 10.0
65 and over 4.4 2.1 80.0 3.7
Table 16 Nanaimo A, RDA – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 6,910 100.0
English only 6,550 94.8
French only 5 0.1
English and French 350 5.1
Neither English nor French 5 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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