Focus on Geography Series, 2016 Census

Wood Buffalo, Specialized municipality (CSD) - Alberta

Data quality

Figure 1.1 description Long description for Figure 1.1 Population, 2016 and 2011 censuses

Population, 2016 and 2011 censuses

Provincial population rank
6 of 416
National population rank
80 of 4870
  • In 2016, the enumerated population of Wood Buffalo (Specialized municipality) was 71,589, which represents a change of 9.2% from 2011. This compares to the provincial average of 11.6% and the national average of 5.0%.
  • The land area of Wood Buffalo (Specialized municipality) is 61,777.65 square kilometres and the population density was 1.2 people per square kilometre.
  • In 2016, there were 25,659 private dwellings occupied in Wood Buffalo (Specialized municipality), which represent a change of 11.2% from 2011.

Figure 1.2 description Long description for Figure 1.2 Population Change (in percentage) for Wood Buffalo and higher level geographies, 2011 to 2016

Population Change (in percentage) for Wood Buffalo and higher level geographies, 2011 to 2016

Population and dwelling counts

Wood Buffalo (Specialized municipality) – Neighbouring census subdivisions, population change, 2011 to 2016

Table 1 Wood Buffalo (Specialized municipality) – Neighbouring census subdivisions, population change, 2011 to 2016
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2016 2011 % change
Division No. 18, Unorganized Census subdivision - Division No. 18, Unorganized, Unorganized NO 1,115 1,396 revised r -20.1
Lac la Biche County Census subdivision - Lac la Biche County, Municipal district MD 8,330 8,402 -0.9
Improvement District No. 349 Census subdivision - Improvement District No. 349, Improvement district ID 0 0 revised r  not applicable ···
Improvement District No. 24 Wood Buffalo Census subdivision - Improvement District No. 24 Wood Buffalo, Improvement district ID 648 590 9.8
Janvier 194 Census subdivision - Janvier 194, Indian reserve IRI 414 295 40.3
Gregoire Lake 176 Census subdivision - Gregoire Lake 176, Indian reserve IRI 191 274 -30.3
Gregoire Lake 176A Census subdivision - Gregoire Lake 176A, Indian reserve IRI 130 0  not applicable ···
Chipewyan 201A Census subdivision - Chipewyan 201A, Indian reserve IRI 0 5 -100.0
Old Fort 217 Census subdivision - Old Fort 217, Indian reserve IRI 0 0  not applicable ···
Allison Bay 219 Census subdivision - Allison Bay 219, Indian reserve IRI 127 84 51.2
Dog Head 218 Census subdivision - Dog Head 218, Indian reserve IRI 99 111 -10.8
Fort Mackay Census subdivision - Fort Mackay, Indian Settlement S-É 742 562 32.0
Thebathi 196 Census subdivision - Thebathi 196, Indian reserve IRI 20 30 -33.3
Thabacha Náre 196A Census subdivision - Thabacha Náre 196A, Indian reserve IRI 28 0  not applicable ···
Opportunity No. 17 Census subdivision - Opportunity No. 17, Municipal district MD 3,181 3,074 3.5
Mackenzie County Census subdivision - Mackenzie County, Specialized municipality SM 11,171 10,927 2.2
Fort Smith Census subdivision - Fort Smith, Town T 2,542 2,496 revised r 1.8
Region 5, Unorganized Census subdivision - Region 5, Unorganized, Unorganized NO 31 56 revised r -44.6

Alberta – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the highest population change, 2011 to 2016

Table 2 Alberta – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the highest population growth, population change, 2011 to 2016
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2016 2011 % change
Blackfalds Census subdivision - Blackfalds, Town T 9,328 6,300 48.1
Cochrane Census subdivision - Cochrane, Town T 25,853 17,580 47.1
Airdrie Census subdivision - Airdrie, City CY 61,581 43,271 revised r 42.3
Chestermere Census subdivision - Chestermere, City CY 19,887 14,824 34.2
Beaumont Census subdivision - Beaumont, Town T 17,396 13,284 31.0

Alberta – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the lowest population change, 2011 to 2016

Table 3 Alberta – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the lowest population growth, population change, 2011 to 2016
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2016 2011 % change
Bonnyville Census subdivision - Bonnyville, Town T 5,417 6,216 -12.9
Westlock County Census subdivision - Westlock County, Municipal district MD 7,220 7,644 -5.5
Rocky Mountain House Census subdivision - Rocky Mountain House, Town T 6,635 6,933 -4.3
Big Lakes County Census subdivision - Big Lakes County, Municipal district MD 5,672 5,912 -4.1
Clearwater County Census subdivision - Clearwater County, Municipal district MD 11,947 12,278 -2.7

Symbols:

···
not applicable
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incompletely enumerated Indian reserve or Indian settlement
r
revised
E
use with caution

Source:

Statistics Canada. 2017. Focus on Geography Series, 2016 Census. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-404-X2016001. Ottawa, Ontario. Data products, 2016 Census.

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