Children dominate Terrace census stats

Figures based on census information taken during 2011

THE CITY of Terrace has almost double the amount of children aged 6 – 14 compared to the rest of the province, according to the 2011 census.

Almost 40 per cent of all children living in households in the Terrace city limits fall into this age group – that’s 1,450 out of 3,610.

In the whole of British Columbia with 1,230,340 children living in homes, just over 21 per cent of children are in this age bracket.

StatsCan released its 2011 census data on families, households, marital status and types of dwellings late last month. This was the first year children in stepfamilies and foster families were counted in the census.

Terrace has fewer adult children living at home than the rest of the province, with the province having around 33 per cent of children in households aged 18 or older. This is still lower than the national share of 42.3 per cent.

In Terrace, that number is almost 10 per cent less at 22.7 per cent. 820 adult children still live at home in Terrace. In the province there are over 300,000 adult children living at home.

Children under the age of six make up almost 23 per cent of Terrace family households, slightly higher than the provincial share of 21 per cent.

And while Terrace has roughly the same percentage of people coupled up as the rest of the province, the make up of Terrace’s share is different, with slightly fewer married couples, and slightly more common-law couples.

Out of a population of 9,180 people over the age of 15, the city of Terrace has 5,260 couples, or 57 per cent of the population.

Forty-five per cent of couples are married in Terrace, and 12 per cent are common-law.

In the rest of the province, 49 per cent of couples are married and almost nine per cent are common law.

In Terrace, couples, both married and common-law, are almost equally divided between having children at home and not having children.

But in the rest of the province, slightly more married couples have children than do not. And for common-law couples, almost double the amount of couples do not have children at home – 105,425 couples without children compared to 54,935 with.