Niagara's census stats: More seniors, fewer kids
More seniors, fewer kids.
That's what new census numbers from 2011 show for Niagara.
Statistics Canada says the over 65 set accounts for 19.2% of the region's population. That's about 5% higher than the provincial & national average.
The data released Tuesday comes from census forms filled out May 10, 201, when the first of the baby boomers were turning 65.
The 2006 census put Niagara's senior population at 17.7% of the whole.
There are also fewer kids in the region.
Children aged 14 & under make up 15.2% of the population. That's lower than the provincial & national averages which are both around 17%.
The percentage of people who make up the "working age" part of Niagara's population hasn't changed since the last census. Those aged 15-64 account for 65.7% of the whole.
The median age in Niagara area is 44.4 years, compared with about 40 in the rest of the province & country. The median age is the point where exactly half of the population is older & the other half is younger.
Niagara-on-the-Lake is the oldest municipality in the region with a median age of 51. West Lincoln is the youngest at 38.6.