Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census subdivision of New Westminster, CY - British Columbia 1

Map of New Westminster, CY (shaded in green), British Columbia

Map of New Westminster, CY

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Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A: New Westminster, CY - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

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

Prov. rank
18
Nat. rank
81

In 2011, New Westminster (City) had a population of 65,976, representing a percentage change of 12.7% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.

Land area is 15.63 square kilometres with a population density of 4,222.2 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, New Westminster (City) had 30,586 private dwellings occupied by usual residents. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 13.1%. For Canada as a whole, the number of private dwellings occupied by usual residents increased 7.1%.

New Westminster (City) is part of the census metropolitan area of Vancouver.

Population and dwelling counts

New Westminster (City) – Neighbouring census subdivisions

Table 1 New Westminster (City) – Neighbouring census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2011 2006 % change
Surrey, B.C. CY 468,251 394,976 18.6
Delta, B.C. DM 99,863 96,635 A 3.3
Richmond, B.C. CY 190,473 174,461 9.2
Burnaby, B.C. CY 223,218 202,799 10.1
Coquitlam, B.C. CY 126,456 114,565 10.4

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

New Westminster, CY – Age distribution

Table 4 New Westminster, CY – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 13.1% 13.6% 12.5%
15 to 64 73.6% 75.0% 72.2%
65 and over 13.4% 11.4% 15.3%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in New Westminster, CY was 13.4%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 73.6% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 13.1%. 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.

New Westminster, CY – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 5 New Westminster, 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 65,975 58,550 7,425 12.7
0 to 14 8,615 8,395 220 2.6
15 to 64 48,525 42,210 6,315 15.0
65 and over 8,840 7,945 895 11.3
Males
Total 32,360 28,485 3,875 13.6
0 to 14 4,415 4,315 100 2.3
15 to 64 24,255 20,960 3,295 15.7
65 and over 3,695 3,205 490 15.3
Females
Total 33,620 30,070 3,550 11.8
0 to 14 4,200 4,075 125 3.1
15 to 64 24,270 21,250 3,020 14.2
65 and over 5,145 4,740 405 8.5

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

Table 6 New Westminster, CY – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 65,975 32,360 33,620
0 to 4 years 3,260 1,670 1,585
5 to 9 years 2,655 1,340 1,310
10 to 14 years 2,700 1,400 1,300
15 to 19 years 3,180 1,665 1,515
20 to 24 years 4,295 2,100 2,195
25 to 29 years 5,315 2,680 2,635
30 to 34 years 5,215 2,595 2,620
35 to 39 years 4,915 2,435 2,480
40 to 44 years 5,570 2,820 2,750
45 to 49 years 5,810 2,910 2,900
50 to 54 years 5,560 2,720 2,840
55 to 59 years 4,725 2,390 2,335
60 to 64 years 3,940 1,940 1,995
65 to 69 years 2,660 1,260 1,405
70 to 74 years 1,875 900 975
75 to 79 years 1,560 655 900
80 to 84 years 1,325 530 795
85 years and over 1,425 345 1,080
Median age 41.2 40.5 42.1

New Westminster, CY – Median age2 of the population

In 2011, the median age in New Westminster, CY was 41.2 years. In comparison, the median age of British Columbia was 41.9 years.

Table 7 Canada, British Columbia and New Westminster, CY – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
British Columbia 40.8 41.9
New Westminster, CY 40.6 41.2

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families3 in New Westminster was 17,290, which represents a change of 10.9% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In New Westminster, 67.9% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 16.2% were common-law-couples and 15.9% were lone-parent families.

New Westminster – Family structure

Table 8 Canada, British Columbia, CSD of New Westminster, 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
New Westminster, CY 17,290 11,740 67.9 2,795 16.2 2,755 15.9 10.9
Surrey, CY 131,065 101,155 77.2 10,380 7.9 19,530 14.9 17.3
Delta, DM 29,080 23,020 79.2 2,420 8.3 3,645 12.5 4.0
Richmond, CY 55,400 43,270 78.1 3,210 5.8 8,920 16.1 10.3
Burnaby, CY 61,365 45,795 74.6 5,620 9.2 9,950 16.2 9.5
Coquitlam, CY 35,880 27,345 76.2 2,990 8.3 5,545 15.5 11.5

New Westminster – Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census subdivision of New Westminster, 43.1% 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 * 5,690
Married couples without children * 6,050
Common-law-couples with children * 580
Common-law-couples without children * 2,215

New Westminster – Marital status

In New Westminster, 52.1% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (42.4%) or living with a common-law partner (9.7%).

The remaining 47.9% 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, New Westminster, CY – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status New Westminster, CY British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 57,360 100.0 3,722,690 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 29,895 52.1 2,154,575 57.9 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 24,305 42.4 1,832,605 49.2 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 5,590 9.7 321,965 8.6 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 27,465 47.9 1,568,120 42.1 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 17,450 30.4 1,014,270 27.2 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 1,915 3.3 102,035 2.7 698,245 2.5
Divorced 5,010 8.7 246,515 6.6 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 3,085 5.4 205,300 5.5 1,584,525 5.7

New Westminster – Types of private households

There were 30,585 private households4 in New Westminster in 2011, a change of 13.1% from 2006. Of these, 19.1% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of 8.2% compared with five years earlier.

Table 10 Canada, British Columbia, New Westminster, CY – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type5 New Westminster, CY British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total private households 30,585 100.0 1,764,635 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home6
5,840 19.1 431,135 24.4 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home7
7,625 24.9 532,995 30.2 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households8 2,510 8.2 168,530 9.6 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 12,115 39.6 498,925 28.3 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple family households9 630 2.1 50,410 2.9 268,060 2.0
Other households10 1,865 6.1 82,640 4.7 543,340 4.1

New Westminster – Structural type of dwelling

In New Westminster, 18.2% of private households lived in single-detached houses and 30.5% 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, New Westminster, CY – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling New Westminster, CY British Columbia Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 30,590 100.0 1,764,640 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 5,580 18.2 842,120 47.7 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 115 0.4 52,825 3.0 646,240 4.9
Row house 1,260 4.1 130,370 7.4 791,600 5.9
Apartment, building that has five or more storeys 9,315 30.5 143,970 8.2 1,234,770 9.3
Apartment, building that has fewer than five storeys 11,365 37.2 361,150 20.5 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 2,870 9.4 184,355 10.4 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house11 50 0.2 2,885 0.2 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling12 25 0.1 46,960 2.7 183,510 1.4

Language

New Westminster, CY – Mother tongue

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

Chart J description: New Westminster, 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 New Westminster, 63.2% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 1.3% reported French only, and 32.8% 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, 76.4% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 0.3% spoke only French and 17.8% 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 New Westminster, 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 65,165 100.0 65,165 100.0
English 41,210 63.2 49,785 76.4
French 845 1.3 215 0.3
Non-official language 21,360 32.8 11,590 17.8
Multiple responses 1,750 2.7 3,575 5.5
Table 13 New Westminster, 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 99.5 98.8 0.7
French 48.1 24.8 23.4
Non-official language 81.8 60.2 21.6

New Westminster, CY – Non-official languages

In New Westminster, the three most common mother tongues were Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) (4.7%), Panjabi (Punjabi) (4.2%) and Mandarin (2.6%), 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 New Westminster, 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.
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 3,050 13.3 4.7
Panjabi (Punjabi) 2,730 11.9 4.2
Mandarin 1,685 7.3 2.6
Chinese, n.o.s. 1,520 6.6 2.3
Spanish 1,175 5.1 1.8

New Westminster, CY – Bilingualism

Table 15 New Westminster, 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 7.8 7.5 86.4 5.2
0 to 19 11.6 12.4 80.0 8.5
20 to 44 8.8 9.0 93.3 5.7
45 to 64 5.9 4.9 85.5 4.0
65 and over 4.2 2.4 76.3 2.6
Table 16 New Westminster, CY – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 65,170 100.0
English only 58,320 89.5
French only 40 0.1
English and French 5,165 7.9
Neither English nor French 1,640 2.5

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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