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Measuring Up: Census 2011 – WASAGA BEACH

Posted by Sherry Rioux on April 9, 2012
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In this series of blog posts, we’ll reveal the entirely-not-boring-and-surprisingly-interesting results of the latest 2011 Census for the areas of Collingwood, Blue Mountains, Clearview, Wasaga Beach and Meaford.  Phew.

First of all, the StatCan website tells us:

“Canada’s 2011 Census held on May 10, 2011 counted 33,476,688 persons.  Between 2006 and 2011, Canada’s population grew by 1,863,791 persons, which translates to a growth rate of 5.9%. That is slightly higher than the 5.4% growth rate observed between the 2001 and 2006 censuses.”

They go on to say that the increase in population was related to an increase in the number of non-permanent residents and immigrants as well as higher fertility.

In our little corner of the world, here’s what the stats tell us happened over the last 5 years (between the 2006 census and the 2011 census):

Census 2011 and/vs. Census 2006 Results for Collingwood, Blue Mountains, Wasaga Beach, Meaford, Clearview

Census 2011 and/vs. Census 2006 Results for Collingwood, Blue Mountains, Wasaga Beach, Meaford, Clearview

RESULTS FOR WASAGA BEACH

The 2011 Census indicates the town of Wasaga Beach had a population of 17,537, up 16.7% from the 2006 results. The national average growth is 5.9%.

Wasaga Beach’s land area is 58.43 square kilometres which equals a population density of 300.1 persons per square kilometre. Compare this to the provincial figures: land area is 908,607.67 square kilometres with a population density of 14.1 persons per square kilometre.

According to the 2011 Census, Wasaga Beach was comprised of 7,573 private dwellings occupied by usual residents, representing a change from 2006 figures of 21.4%. Canada as a whole saw the number of private dwellings occupied by usual residents increase 7.1%.

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