The 2016 data is being considered more reliable as it marks the return of the mandatory long form, replacing the voluntary household survey of 2011. StatsCan says more than 98 per cent of Canadians completed the form in May 2016, compared to 68 per cent for the voluntary national household survey.
The Statistics Canada data is used by governments and influences decisions on hospitals, schools, recreation and public transporation.
According to the Statistics Canada, 2016 Census of Population, the enumerated population of Prince Edward County was 24,735, a change of -2.1 per cent from 2011.
In 2016, there were 10,728 private dwellings occupied in the County, a change of 1.7 per cent from 2011. Statistics Canada defines ‘Private dwelling’ as a separate set of living quarters with a private entrance that can be used without passing through the living quarters of some other person or group of persons.
The land area of Prince Edward County is 1,050.49 square kilometres setting the population density at 23.5 people per square kilometre.
Deseronto’s population declined at -3.3 per cent with a population of 1,774 in 2016 over 1,835 in 2011.
Belleville’s numbers show growth of 2.6 per cent with 50,716 population in 2016. The 2011 figure was 49,454.
Quinte West also showed growth of 1.1 per cent with a population of 43,577 in 2016 and 43,086 in 2011.
The 2016 census of population in Canada is set at 35,151,728, a five per cent change over 2011. The provincial average is set at 4.6 per cent.
Further data from the Statistics Canada, 2016 Census of Population will be released May 3 (Age and sex, type of dwelling); Aug. 2 (families, households and marital status, language); Sept. 13 (income); Oct. 25 (immigration and ethnocultural diversity, housing, aboriginal peoples); Nov. 29 (education, labour, journey to work, language of work, mobility and migration).
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