2011 Census: age and gender statistics

Collaboration – June 14, 2012


Do you remember answering an online census last year? A long or short questionnaire?

The age and gender statistics from the 2011 census were revealed on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. In all, 33,476,690 people answered these questionnaires. The participants are divided as follows: 5,607,345 children from 0 to 14 years of age (16.7 %), 22,964,290 adults from 15 to 64 (68.6 %) and 4,945,055 adults 65 and older (14.8 %).

  • The data confirms that children who are 14 and under constituted 16.7 % of the population in 2011, which compared to 2006 is a reduction by 1 %.
  • The working age population diminished slightly between 2011 and 2006 (-0.2 %). This negligible change is due to the generation of baby-boomers that are still active.
  • Seniors (65 and older) represent 14.8 % of the 2011 population, which is an increase by about 1 % since 2006.

I found it interesting to compare the data based on gender.

  • For children from age 0 to 14 in Quebec, 15.3% are girls and 16.6% are boys.
  • The working age population is made up of more males (69.3%) than females (67.1%).
  • For adults in Quebec of age 65 and older, there are more females (17.6 %) than males (14.1 %).
  • Lastly and for the category of adults aged 80 and older in Quebec, females (5.3%) outnumber males (3.0%). Note that these last two age ranges have more women than men.

Interesting, isn’t it? You will find more information on Statistics Canada’s website. More data on families, households and marital statuses will be made available in September 2012.

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