Charlottetown - Demography

Demography

Ethnic Origin (2006)
Ethnic Origin Population Percent
Scottish 24,345 42.2%
Canadian 20,530 35.6%
English 19,205 33.3%
Irish 18,775 32.5%
French 10,675 18.5%
German 3,335 5.8%
Dutch 2,000 3.5%
First Nations 1,390 2.4%
Welsh 1,310 2.3%
Acadian 1,070 1.9%
Lebanese 510 0.9%

According to the 2006 census, the City of Charlottetown had 32,174 residents of whom approximately 45.5% were male and 54.5% were female. Children under five accounted for approximately 4.3% of the resident population of Charlottetown. This compares with 4.9% in Prince Edward Island, and 5.3% for Canada overall. Charlottetown is mainly dominated by people of European ancestry, but there is a growing Black-Canadian and Chinese-Canadian population.

In 2006, 17.2% of the resident population in Charlottetown were of retirement age (65 and over for males and females) compared with 14.9% in Prince Edward Island and 13.7% in Canada; therefore, the median age is 41.3 years of age comparing to 40.8 years of age for Prince Edward Island and 39.5 years of age for all of Canada.

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1851 4,717
1861 6,706 +42.2%
1871 8,807 +31.3%
1881 11,485 +30.4%
1891 11,373 −1.0%
1901 12,080 +6.2%
1911 11,198 −7.3%
1921 12,347 +10.3%
1931 12,361 +0.1%
1941 14,460 +17.0%
1951 15,887 +9.9%
1961 18,318 +15.3%
1971 19,133 +4.4%
1981 15,282 −20.1%
1991 15,396 +0.7%
1996 32,531 +111.3%
2001 32,245 −0.9%
2006 32,174 −0.2%
2011 34,562 +7.4%
Population figures reflect the 1995 amalgamation.
Canada 2006 Census Population % of Total Population
Visible minority group
South Asian 70 0.2
Chinese 115 0.4
Black 260 0.8
Filipino 0 0
Latin American 115 0.4
Southeast Asian 15 0
Other visible minority 390 1.3
Total visible minority population 965 3.1
Aboriginal group
First Nations 270 0.9
Métis 160 0.5
Inuit 10 0
Total Aboriginal population 450 1.4
White 29,880 95.5
Total population 31,295 100

According to the 2001 census, the median income for a household in the city is $52,996, and the median income for a family is $77,008. Males have a median income of $42,519 versus $28,136 for females. The per capita income for the town is $29,710. 12.2% of the population and 8.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 9.6% of those under the age of 18 and 10.3% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Between the 2001 and 2006 census, the population of Charlottetown fell by 0.2%, compared with an increase of 0.4% for Prince Edward Island as a whole. Population density of Charlottetown averaged 725.8 people per square kilometre, compared with a provincial average of 23.9 people per square kilometre for Prince Edward Island.

The Charlottetown census agglomeration area (CA) comprises Charlottetown and the neighbouring towns of Stratford and Cornwall, as well as adjoining rural areas of central-eastern Queens County, namely Lots 31, 34, 35, 36, 48, 49 and 65. At the time of the 2006 census, the resident population for the CA was 58,625 people over an area measuring 728.03 square kilometres, compared with a resident population in the province of Prince Edward Island of 135,851 people. The 2010 projected population is estimated to be 61,210.

According to the 2001 Statistics Canada census, more than nine out of ten inhabitants of the Charlottetown metropolitan self-identified as Christian. This breaks down to 91.7% Christian (46.0% Roman Catholic, 42.6% Protestant, and 3.0% other Christian mostly Orthodox), 7.3% stating no religion, and other religions that comprise less than 1.0% includes Muslim, Buddhist, and Jewish.

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