Policy & Planning
February 8, 2017

To Know Ourselves . . .

. . .  we have Statistics Canada ready to serve, with the 2016 Census count as of May 10, 2016.  This release of data focuses on population and dwellings, with further releases through to November on various topics.
Rev up those data-crunching machines and brain cells.

  • People:   35,151,728
  • Location:  35.5% of Canadians live in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.
  • Growth (2011-2016):  5% overall; 66% of that from migration (immigration minus emigration)
  • Growth location:  Nunavut (12.7%); Alberta (11.6%); Sask (6.3%); Manitoba (.58%); BC (5.6%); Canada overall (5.0%)

The detailed products from StatsCan are endless, like this example on the Vancouver “Census Metropolitan Area (CMA)“:

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From the Washington Post  Wonkblog:

This is a mesmerizing little animation created by Bill McBride of Calculated Risk. It shows the distribution of the U.S. population by age over time, starting at 1900 and ending with Census Bureau forecasts between now and 2060.


Watch what happens to the bottom axis on the right in 1940 and 1990.

Watch the baby bust emerge in 1930.

Watch the baby boom start spiking in 1945 and peak in 1960.

Watch how, around 1990, almost all the cohorts start to flatten out so that each has about 6 to 7 percent of the population.

Disclaimer: The Canadian population did vary from the American experience, such as in the size of the echo boom.  It would be great to have a comparative chart.

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September 22, 2010

Eric Fischer maps the top 40 US cities by race, using 2000 census data. Each color-coded dot represents 25 people: Red is White, Blue is Black, Green is Asian, and Orange is Hispanic. The maps are oddly pretty, and revealing.

Here’s New York:

Yes, most American cities have pretty sharp lines between the colours.  But not all.  Can you guess this one:

It’s the only city over a million that is one-third white, one-third Hispanic, one-third Asian.

It’s San Jose and Silicon Valley.

For the 40 largest American cities, go here.  I’d love to see the Canadian equivalents.

And thanks to Gladys We.

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The latest from Bing Thom’s home-grown R&D division, BTA Works.

Blue indicates a decline in enrolment.

Research reveals that since 2004, enrollment in public elementary schools in the City of Vancouver has declined by more than 13 percent (over 2,600 students) — a continuation of a steady enrollment decline since 2000.

While our overall City population has grown, it is surprising to discover that public elementary school enrollment has actually been on the decline by so much and for such a long time”, observed Andrew Yan, a BTAworks researcher and Urban Planner who wrote the brief. “Almost 20 percent of all Vancouver public elementary schools lost more than 20 percent of their students over the last 5 school years”.

More here.

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