The two most recent Census Reports in Canada were conducted in 2011 and 2006. Over this time, the population in British Columbia has grown by 5%, from 31,612,897 to 33,476,688. This is 1.1% higher than the average population growth in Canada of 7%. A minor increase has been registered also among the population below 15 years old (from 83,5% to 84,6%). As of 2011 3.8% more people in British Columbia have never been married. At the same time the composition of families has remained rather constant, with the 2-person families constituting the majority. In 2011 a smaller percentage of families had children (45,9%) and the average number of persons per census family has gone down from 2.9 in 2006 to 2.8 in 2011.
The trends described above indicate that the population in British Columbia is growing faster than that of the entire country, and it’s composition is changing over time. Fewer people choose to create families, and the families that participated in the census have on average fewer members. This may have an impact on the future composition of the population in British Columbia and in the country overall. However, this information alone is not enough to make any extensive conclusions. Firstly, looking at the 2 latest Census Reports, it is hard to understand whether these numbers represent a trend or whether this is actually a peculiarity of the specific 2 years that we have considered for the analysis. Furthermore, in order to make more extensive conclusions, the numbers should be compared also with the country average as well as with other regions. In this way it will be possible to see, whether the observed trends are only present in British Columbia. Lastly, the overall census quality should be evaluated to make sure that the results obtained are reliable. Thus, the percentage of people, who did not respond to questions, the percentage of population considered etc. could give a better insight into the usefulness of the data.
Nevertheless, the findings described above could already be used by policy makers to regulate the growth and composition of the population. Furthermore, such information may be useful in marketing research and strategy-making, as it gives an insight into how the target market changes over time.
Open Data From the Census (Open Data from the Census)