Census numbers for Saskatchewan reflect more young children
Saskatchewan is the odd one out in the latest census numbers, but it's not necessarily a bad thing as the figures show we are seeing more young people in our province.
New data about gender and age from the 2011 census shows that all across Canada the proportion of seniors is on the rise -- except in Saskatchewan.
This province actually saw a decrease along with a big jump in the number of toddlers. Saskatchewan actually has the second highest increase in the country when it comes to kids under the age of 4.
Vincent Dale with Statistics Canada says that's because there are more women who are in the prime child bearing years.
Those young ones have helped lower our median age from where it was at in 2006. This province is the only one in which we saw that happen. But babies aren’t the only ones who contributed.
“People moving from other parts of Canada. If they tend to be a bit younger, they’ll bring down the median age as well,” said Dale.
Saskatchewan's median age is sitting at roughly 38 years old.
Dale says Saskatchewan did see an increase in the number of seniors, but there was a bigger jump in everyone younger, lowering the proportion.
Story reported by CJME's Joel Gasson. Graphic by CJME's Karen Brownlee.