The City of Charlottetown and the Greater Charlottetown Area continue to see growth, according to the newest Census Profile released by Statistics Canada.
The population of the Capital City is up 4.4 per cent from 34,562 people in 2011 to 36,094 people in 2016. The Greater Charlottetown Area (GCA), which includes the towns of Stratford and Cornwall, is up 5.8 per cent from 65,523 to 69,325. Nationally, the population is up 5.5 per cent to 35,151,728.
"This continued growth in Charlottetown and the surrounding area is positive news because it shows people are seeing benefits to living in Charlottetown. We have the appropriate level of services and the cost of living is favourable over living in other communities," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "The growth that we are experiencing is a testament to the quality of life here. It speaks to our commitment to the arts and culture sectors, our success in sport tourism, our renewed focus on youth retention, the diversity of our communities, the success of our partners and business community, our efforts in sustainability, and the wealth of programs and services offered to our residents."
The national census is conducted by Statistics Canada every five years. The information published today (February 8) is the first of several data releases to come from Statistics Canada in 2017. The latest Census data is limited to population and dwelling counts. Data on the age, gender and type of dwelling of residents will be released on May 3, information on household income will be released on September 13, and statistics on the educational level of residents will be released on November 29.
"As additional information is released from the Census, we will start to see the bigger picture and be able to better plan for the future based on the trends we are seeing," said Mayor Lee. "We will have access to data that can help us adjust our services and programs to better match the needs of our community. If we are seeing continued growth in our senior population, for example, we can add more recreational programs for seniors. As another example, the average household income and other demographic information can be useful to our Planning and Heritage Department as we assess housing needs. This is certainly very valuable information to have."
For more information on the 2017 Census, including release dates, visit: http://www.statcan.gc.ca
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