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Population getting younger, just barely
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
ANNA KROUPINA
Pass Herald Reporter
Results from Statistics Canada’s 2016 census results released on May 3 show an increase in young people in Crowsnest Pass.

The average population age in Crowsnest Pass decreased to 46.1, compared to 50.8 in 2011. Both women and men average approximately the same age. For Alberta, the average population age is 39.3.

The amount of children aged zero to 14 has also increased by almost 100 since 2011, from 690 to 785.

“I think this is very positive that we’re seeing some growth,” says Mayor of Crowsnest Pass Blair Painter. “In recent discussions with the superintendent of schools, they’re really encouraged because they’re seeing a decline in most areas, yet we’re seeing a growth in our school enrollment. For some of our neighbors, their populations have gone down, so for us to see it coming up even so slightly, it’s a really good indicator.”
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The overall population of the Crowsnest Pass has increased from 5,565 in 2011 to 5,589 in 2016.

“I believe there’s room for excitement with this recently published Stats Can result,” says Mayor Painter. “When you look back at the 2011 census, we were still looking at a declining population, and now we’re looking at a very modest increase of .4%. That tells me that our population has stabilized and is in fact starting to grow.”

Crowsnest Pass, however, continues to have a higher than provincial average aged population. According to census results, 22.5% of the Crowsnest Pass population is 65 years of age or older. This is compared to a provincial average of 12.2% and a national average of 16.9%.
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The age and sex, and type of dwelling information was released on May 3, following the February 8 release of the total population and dwelling count census data. The next batch of census results will be released on August 2 and will document families, households, marital status and language. Additional census data will be released throughout the year.

Other notable information

- The average household size has remained the same at 2.1 persons living in private households
- The amount of residents aged 65 and older has increased, from 1,195 in 2011 to 1,260 in 2016.
- Crowsnest Pass has five residents aged 95 to 99 years old
- Alberta has five residents aged 100 and over, none in Crowsnest Pass
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