General Population Characteristics

In 2011, Athabasca County (Municipal district) had a population of 7,662, representing a percentage change of 1.2% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.

Land area is 6,122.75 square kilometres with a population density of 1.3 persons per square kilometre. This compares to the provincial land area of 640,081.87 square kilometres with a population density of 5.7 persons per square kilometre.

In 2011, Athabasca County (Municipal district) had 2,965 private dwellings occupied by usual residents. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 2.3%. For Canada as a whole, the number of private dwellings occupied by usual residents increased 7.1%.

Age and sex

Athabasca County, MD – Age distribution

Athabasca County, MD – Population by broad age groups
Table 4 Athabasca County, MD – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 18.3% 18.7% 17.9%
15 to 64 67.1% 65.9% 68.3%
65 and over 14.6% 15.3% 13.8%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Athabasca County,MD was 14.6%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 67.1% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 18.3%. 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.

Athabasca County, MD – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 5 Athabasca County, MD – 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 7,660 7,585 75 1.0
0 to 14 1,405 1,470 -65 -4.4
15 to 64 5,140 5,150 -10 -0.2
65 and over 1,120 965 155 16.1
Males
Total 4,030 3,990 40 1.0
0 to 14 755 780 -25 -3.2
15 to 64 2,655 2,665 -10 -0.4
65 and over 615 540 75 13.9
Females
Total 3,630 3,595 35 1.0
0 to 14 650 695 -45 -6.5
15 to 64 2,480 2,475 5 0.2
65 and over 500 425 75 17.6

Athabasca County, MD – Population by five-year age groups and sex

Athabasca County, MD – Population by five-year age groups and sex

Table 6 Athabasca County, MD – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total – Age groups 7,660 4,030 3,630
0 to 4 years 440 245 205
5 to 9 years 425 240 185
10 to 14 years 540 270 265
15 to 19 years 540 280 260
20 to 24 years 335 160 180
25 to 29 years 360 175 180
30 to 34 years 370 205 165
35 to 39 years 490 250 240
40 to 44 years 550 285 265
45 to 49 years 660 335 325
50 to 54 years 710 375 330
55 to 59 years 595 315 280
60 to 64 years 530 280 250
65 to 69 years 430 225 205
70 to 74 years 300 175 130
75 to 79 years 190 105 90
80 to 84 years 105 60 50
85 years and over 85 50 40
Median age 43.2 43.6 42.7

Athabasca County, MD – Median age2 of the population

Canada, Alberta and Athabasca County, MD – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses

In 2011, the median age in Athabasca County, MD was 43.2 years. In comparison, the median age of Alberta was 36.5 years.

Table 7 Canada, Alberta and Athabasca County, MD – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
Alberta 36.0 36.5
Athabasca County, MD 41.7 43.2

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families3in Athabasca County was 2,330, which represents a change of 2.0% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.
In Athabasca County, 78.5% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 12.4% were common-law-couples and 9.0% were lone-parent families.

Athabasca County – Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census subdivision of Athabasca County, 42.0% 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 * 785
Married couples without children * 1,050
Common-law-couples with children * 110
Common-law-couples without children * 180

Athabasca County – Marital status

Athabasca County – Marital status

In Athabasca County, 69.1% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (59.9%) or living with a common-law partner (9.2%).

The remaining 31.0% 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, Alberta, Athabasca County, MD – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status Athabasca County, MD Alberta Canada
number % number % number %
Total – Population 15 years and over 6,255 100.0 2,960,470 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 4,320 69.1 1,756,860 59.3 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 3,745 59.9 1,484,705 50.2 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 575 9.2 272,155 9.2 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 1,940 31.0 1,203,615 40.7 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 1,250 20.0 823,935 27.8 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 120 1.9 70,855 2.4 698,245 2.5
Divorced 300 4.8 177,375 6.0 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 270 4.3 131,440 4.4 1,584,525 5.7

Athabasca County – Types of private households

There were 2,965 private households4 in Athabasca County in 2011, a change of 2.1% from 2006. Of these, 29.5% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of -9.8% compared with five years earlier.

Table 10 Canada, Alberta, Athabasca County, MD – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type5 Athabasca County, MD Alberta Canada
number % number % number %
Total private households 2,965 100.0 1,390,275 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home6
875 29.5 407,145 29.3 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home7
1,175 39.6 406,380 29.2 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households8 180 6.1 128,330 9.2 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 615 20.7 342,735 24.7 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple family households9 45 1.5 27,900 2.0 268,060 2.0
Other households10 75 2.5 77,785 5.6 543,340 4.1

Athabasca County – Structural type of dwelling

In Athabasca County, 82.5% of private households lived in single-detached houses and 0.0% lived in apartments in buildings that have five or more storeys. The rest lived in other types of dwelling structures.

Table 11 Canada, Alberta, Athabasca County, MD – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling Athabasca County, MD Alberta Canada
number % number % number %
Total – Structural type of dwelling 2,965 100.0 1,390,275 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 2,445 82.5 883,260 63.5 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 5 0.2 71,850 5.2 646,240 4.9
Row house 0 0.0 97,865 7.0 791,600 5.9
Apartment, building that has five or more storeys 0 0.0 58,205 4.2 1,234,770 9.3
Apartment, building that has fewer than five storeys 0 0.0 197,945 14.2 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 5 0.2 33,505 2.4 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house11 5 0.2 1,060 0.1 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling12 510 17.2 46,590 3.4 183,510 1.4

Language

Athabasca County, MD – Mother tongue

Athabasca County, MD – 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 Athabasca County, 88.6% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 2.5% reported French only, and 8.0% reported a non-official language only, in 2011. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 77.0% for English only, 1.9% for French only and 19.4% for only non-official languages.

In 2011, 96.5% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 0.5% spoke only French and 2.2% spoke only a non-official language. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 85.7% for only English, 0.7% for only French and 10.5% for only a non-official language.

Table 12 Athabasca County, MD – Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home, 2011 Census
Selected languages Mother tongue Language spoken most often at home
number % number %
Total 7,660 100.0 7,660 100.0
English 6,785 88.6 7,395 96.5
French 195 2.5 35 0.5
Non-official language 615 8.0 170 2.2
Multiple responses 65 0.8 55 0.7
Table 13 Athabasca County, MD – 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 99.8 99.7 0.1
French 30.2 14.0 16.3
Non-official language 54.5 31.8 22.7

Athabasca County, MD – Non-official languages

In Athabasca County, the three most common mother tongues were Ukrainian (2.7%), German (2.1%) and Russian (1.0%), in 2011. In comparison, the most common mother tongues at the provincial / territorial level were German (2.3%), Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) (1.9%) and Panjabi (Punjabi) (1.5%).

Table 14 Athabasca County, MD – 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.
Ukrainian 210 31.8 2.7
German 160 24.2 2.1
Russian 80 12.1 1.0
Polish 45 6.8 0.6
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 35 5.3 0.5

Athabasca County, MD – Bilingualism

Table 15 Athabasca County, MD – 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 5.9 4.3 77.5 0.8
0 to 19 9.0 9.4 100.0 0.0
20 to 44 4.8 3.9 85.7 3.8
45 to 64 4.7 1.6 76.2 0.0
65 and over 5.0 1.8 90.0 0.0
Table 16 Athabasca County, MD – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 7,660 100.0
English only 7,185 93.8
French only 0 0.0
English and French 465 6.1
Neither English nor French 15 0.
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