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Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census subdivision of Iqaluit, CY - Nunavut 1

Map of Iqaluit, CY (shaded in green), Nunavut

Map of Iqaluit, CY

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Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

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

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

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In 2011, Iqaluit (City) had a population of 6,699, representing a percentage change of 8.3% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.

Land area is 52.50 square kilometres with a population density of 127.6 persons per square kilometre. This compares to the territorial land area of 1,877,787.62 square kilometres with a population density of 0.0 persons per square kilometre.

In 2011, Iqaluit (City) had 2,367 private dwellings occupied by usual residents. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 14.1%. For Canada as a whole, the number of private dwellings occupied by usual residents increased 7.1%.

Population and dwelling counts

Iqaluit (City) – Neighbouring census subdivisions

Table 1 Iqaluit (City) – Neighbouring census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2011 2006 % change
Baffin, Unorganized, Nvt. NO 5 5 0.0

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

Table 2 Nunavut – 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
Iqaluit CY 6,699 6,184 8.3

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

Table 3 Nunavut – 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
Iqaluit CY 6,699 6,184 8.3

Age and sex

Iqaluit, CY – Age distribution

Table 4 Iqaluit, CY – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 23.9% 23.8% 24.1%
15 to 64 73.7% 73.4% 73.9%
65 and over 2.5% 2.9% 2.0%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Iqaluit, CY was 2.5%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 73.7% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 23.9%. 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.

Iqaluit, CY – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 5 Iqaluit, 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 6,700 6,180 520 8.4
0 to 14 1,600 1,560 40 2.6
15 to 64 4,935 4,500 435 9.7
65 and over 165 130 35 26.9
Males
Total 3,400 3,175 225 7.1
0 to 14 810 780 30 3.8
15 to 64 2,495 2,335 160 6.9
65 and over 100 60 40 66.7
Females
Total 3,300 3,005 295 9.8
0 to 14 795 780 15 1.9
15 to 64 2,440 2,160 280 13.0
65 and over 65 65 0 0.0

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

Table 6 Iqaluit, CY – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 6,700 3,400 3,300
0 to 4 years 615 315 295
5 to 9 years 535 265 270
10 to 14 years 455 230 225
15 to 19 years 515 280 240
20 to 24 years 560 280 275
25 to 29 years 660 325 340
30 to 34 years 670 315 355
35 to 39 years 495 260 235
40 to 44 years 500 240 255
45 to 49 years 475 230 245
50 to 54 years 475 265 210
55 to 59 years 355 170 180
60 to 64 years 235 130 105
65 to 69 years 80 55 25
70 to 74 years 40 25 15
75 to 79 years 20 15 15
80 to 84 years 15 0 10
85 years and over 5 5 0
Median age 30.1 30.2 30.0

Iqaluit, CY – Median age2 of the population

In 2011, the median age in Iqaluit, CY was 30.1 years. In comparison, the median age of Nunavut was 24.1 years.

Table 7 Canada, Nunavut and Iqaluit, CY – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
Nunavut 23.1 24.1
Iqaluit, CY 28.8 30.1

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families3 in Iqaluit was 1,720, which represents a change of 12.1% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In Iqaluit, 40.1% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 36.0% were common-law-couples and 23.3% were lone-parent families.

Iqaluit – Family structure

Table 8 Canada, Nunavut, CSD of Iqaluit, 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
Nunavut 7,780 3,035 39.0 2,545 32.7 2,195 28.2 10.5
Iqaluit, CY 1,720 690 40.1 620 36.0 400 23.3 12.1

Iqaluit – Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census subdivision of Iqaluit, 61.6% 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 * 405
Married couples without children * 290
Common-law-couples with children * 410
Common-law-couples without children * 215

Iqaluit – Marital status

In Iqaluit, 53.3% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (28.8%) or living with a common-law partner (24.4%).

The remaining 46.7% 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, Nunavut, Iqaluit, CY – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status Iqaluit, CY Nunavut Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 5,100 100.0 21,480 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 2,720 53.3 11,480 53.4 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 1,470 28.8 6,385 29.7 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 1,245 24.4 5,095 23.7 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 2,380 46.7 10,000 46.6 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 1,995 39.1 8,645 40.2 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 100 2.0 350 1.6 698,245 2.5
Divorced 205 4.0 405 1.9 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 85 1.7 600 2.8 1,584,525 5.7

Iqaluit – Types of private households

There were 2,370 private households4 in Iqaluit in 2011, a change of 14.5% from 2006. Of these, 31.6% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of 6.4% compared with five years earlier.

Table 10 Canada, Nunavut, Iqaluit, CY – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type5 Iqaluit, CY Nunavut Canada
number % number % number %
Total private households 2,370 100.0 8,660 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home6
750 31.6 3,470 40.1 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home7
450 19.0 1,040 12.0 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households8 305 12.9 1,325 15.3 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 620 26.2 1,575 18.2 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple family households9 105 4.4 920 10.6 268,060 2.0
Other households10 140 5.9 330 3.8 543,340 4.1

Iqaluit – Structural type of dwelling

In Iqaluit, 28.5% of private households lived in single-detached houses and 6.3% lived in apartments in buildings that have five or more storeys. The rest lived in other types of dwelling structures.

Table 11 Canada, Nunavut, Iqaluit, CY – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling Iqaluit, CY Nunavut Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 2,365 100.0 8,660 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 675 28.5 4,440 51.3 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 195 8.2 845 9.8 646,240 4.9
Row house 585 24.7 2,235 25.8 791,600 5.9
Apartment, building that has five or more storeys 150 6.3 155 1.8 1,234,770 9.3
Apartment, building that has fewer than five storeys 740 31.3 845 9.8 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 15 0.6 130 1.5 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house11 5 0.2 10 0.1 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling12 0 0.0 10 0.1 183,510 1.4

Language

Iqaluit, CY – Mother tongue

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

Chart J description: Iqaluit, 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 Iqaluit, 44.0% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 4.8% reported French only, and 49.8% reported a non-official language only, in 2011. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 28.1% for English only, 1.4% for French only and 69.5% for only non-official languages.

In 2011, 67.0% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 2.9% spoke only French and 29.3% spoke only a non-official language. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 45.5% for only English, 0.8% for only French and 53.0% for only a non-official language.

Table 12 Iqaluit, 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 6,620 100.0 6,620 100.0
English 2,915 44.0 4,435 67.0
French 315 4.8 195 2.9
Non-official language 3,300 49.8 1,940 29.3
Multiple responses 90 1.4 50 0.8
Table 13 Iqaluit, 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 99.0 96.2 2.8
French 75.4 53.8 21.5
Non-official language 89.8 55.2 34.6

Iqaluit, CY – Non-official languages

In Iqaluit, the three most common mother tongues were Inuktitut (46.6%), Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) (0.8%) and German (0.3%), in 2011. In comparison, the most common mother tongues at the provincial / territorial level were Inuktitut (67.8%), Inuinnaqtun (0.9%) and Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) (0.3%).

Table 14 Iqaluit, 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.
Inuktitut 3,085 91.1 46.6
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 50 1.5 0.8
German 20 0.6 0.3
Spanish 15 0.4 0.2
Arabic 15 0.4 0.2
Hindi 15 0.4 0.2

Iqaluit, CY – Bilingualism

Table 15 Iqaluit, 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 12.8 15.1 92.1 3.2
0 to 19 7.8 11.0 77.8 1.8
20 to 44 13.9 17.3 93.1 3.2
45 to 64 17.6 16.9 95.8 4.4
65 and over 9.7 11.1 100.0 5.0
Table 16 Iqaluit, CY – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 6,615 100.0
English only 5,625 85.0
French only 20 0.3
English and French 840 12.7
Neither English nor French 130 2.0

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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