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Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census subdivision of Whistler, DM - British Columbia 1

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

Map of Whistler, DM

Interactive version of map

Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

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

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

Prov. rank
60
Nat. rank
406

In 2011, Whistler (District municipality) had a population of 9,824, representing a percentage change of 6.2% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.

Land area is 240.40 square kilometres with a population density of 40.9 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, Whistler (District municipality) had 3,900 private dwellings occupied by usual residents. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was -0.2%. For Canada as a whole, the number of private dwellings occupied by usual residents increased 7.1%.

Population and dwelling counts

Whistler (District municipality) – Neighbouring census subdivisions

Table 1 Whistler (District municipality) – Neighbouring census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2011 2006 % change
Squamish-Lillooet C, B.C. RDA 1,804 1,887 -4.4
Squamish-Lillooet D, B.C. RDA 836 839 -0.4

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

Whistler, DM – Age distribution

Table 4 Whistler, DM – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 12.2% 11.9% 12.4%
15 to 64 82.7% 82.5% 83.0%
65 and over 5.0% 5.5% 4.4%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Whistler, DM was 5.0%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 82.7% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 12.2%. 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.

Whistler, DM – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 5 Whistler, 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 9,825 9,250 575 6.2
0 to 14 1,195 1,160 35 3.0
15 to 64 8,130 7,735 395 5.1
65 and over 495 355 140 39.4
Males
Total 5,325 4,960 365 7.4
0 to 14 635 590 45 7.6
15 to 64 4,395 4,175 220 5.3
65 and over 295 195 100 51.3
Females
Total 4,500 4,285 215 5.0
0 to 14 560 565 -5 -0.9
15 to 64 3,735 3,560 175 4.9
65 and over 200 155 45 29.0

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

Table 6 Whistler, DM – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 9,825 5,325 4,500
0 to 4 years 415 210 205
5 to 9 years 405 220 180
10 to 14 years 370 200 175
15 to 19 years 420 235 190
20 to 24 years 1,130 595 540
25 to 29 years 1,520 835 685
30 to 34 years 1,155 630 520
35 to 39 years 870 475 390
40 to 44 years 830 430 405
45 to 49 years 730 375 355
50 to 54 years 610 335 265
55 to 59 years 465 265 205
60 to 64 years 410 230 180
65 to 69 years 260 155 110
70 to 74 years 115 70 45
75 to 79 years 75 45 25
80 to 84 years 30 20 10
85 years and over 15 5 10
Median age 32.4 32.6 32.2

Whistler, DM – Median age2 of the population

In 2011, the median age in Whistler, DM was 32.4 years. In comparison, the median age of British Columbia was 41.9 years.

Table 7 Canada, British Columbia and Whistler, DM – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
British Columbia 40.8 41.9
Whistler, DM 32.2 32.4

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families3 in Whistler was 2,230, which represents a change of 8.0% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In Whistler, 60.8% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 31.4% were common-law-couples and 7.8% were lone-parent families.

Whistler – Family structure

Table 8 Canada, British Columbia, CSD of Whistler, 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
Whistler, DM 2,230 1,355 60.8 700 31.4 175 7.8 8.0
Squamish-Lillooet C, RDA 510 330 64.7 135 26.5 50 9.8 -1.0
Squamish-Lillooet D, RDA 260 185 71.2 50 19.2 25 9.6 -7.1

Whistler – Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census subdivision of Whistler, 40.4% 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 * 715
Married couples without children * 645
Common-law-couples with children * 115
Common-law-couples without children * 590

Whistler – Marital status

In Whistler, 50.0% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (33.0%) or living with a common-law partner (17.1%).

The remaining 49.9% 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, Whistler, DM – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status Whistler, DM British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 8,630 100.0 3,722,690 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 4,315 50.0 2,154,575 57.9 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 2,845 33.0 1,832,605 49.2 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 1,475 17.1 321,965 8.6 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 4,310 49.9 1,568,120 42.1 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 3,720 43.1 1,014,270 27.2 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 155 1.8 102,035 2.7 698,245 2.5
Divorced 355 4.1 246,515 6.6 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 80 0.9 205,300 5.5 1,584,525 5.7

Whistler – Types of private households

There were 3,900 private households4 in Whistler in 2011, a change of -0.3% from 2006. Of these, 20.9% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of 7.9% compared with five years earlier.

Table 10 Canada, British Columbia, Whistler, DM – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type5 Whistler, DM British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total private households 3,900 100.0 1,764,635 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home6
815 20.9 431,135 24.4 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home7
1,165 29.9 532,995 30.2 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households8 170 4.4 168,530 9.6 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 1,125 28.8 498,925 28.3 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple family households9 40 1.0 50,410 2.9 268,060 2.0
Other households10 585 15.0 82,640 4.7 543,340 4.1

Whistler – Structural type of dwelling

In Whistler, 21.9% of private households lived in single-detached houses and 0.1% 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, Whistler, DM – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling Whistler, DM British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 3,900 100.0 1,764,640 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 855 21.9 842,120 47.7 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 275 7.1 52,825 3.0 646,240 4.9
Row house 910 23.3 130,370 7.4 791,600 5.9
Apartment, building that has five or more storeys 5 0.1 143,970 8.2 1,234,770 9.3
Apartment, building that has fewer than five storeys 975 25.0 361,150 20.5 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 870 22.3 184,355 10.4 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house11 5 0.1 2,885 0.2 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling12 0 0.0 46,960 2.7 183,510 1.4

Language

Whistler, DM – Mother tongue

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

Chart J description: Whistler, 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 Whistler, 80.6% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 5.7% reported French only, and 12.1% 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, 90.6% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 2.7% spoke only French and 4.9% 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 Whistler, 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 9,825 100.0 9,825 100.0
English 7,915 80.6 8,900 90.6
French 560 5.7 265 2.7
Non-official language 1,185 12.1 485 4.9
Multiple responses 155 1.6 175 1.8
Table 13 Whistler, 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 99.5 99.3 0.2
French 72.4 43.3 29.1
Non-official language 69.1 44.4 24.7

Whistler, DM – Non-official languages

In Whistler, the three most common mother tongues were Japanese (2.5%), Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) (1.9%) and German (1.8%), 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 Whistler, 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.
Japanese 245 19.0 2.5
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 190 14.7 1.9
German 175 13.6 1.8
Spanish 95 7.4 1.0
Czech 65 5.0 0.7

Whistler, DM – Bilingualism

Table 15 Whistler, 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 17.4 13.2 93.8 9.2
0 to 19 18.0 15.8 84.6 10.3
20 to 44 18.5 13.3 97.4 7.7
45 to 64 15.9 12.3 90.0 13.7
65 and over 10.2 8.6 50.0 6.3
Table 16 Whistler, DM – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 9,825 100.0
English only 8,045 81.9
French only 10 0.1
English and French 1,745 17.8
Neither English nor French 25 0.3

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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