Proportion of the population living in urban and rural settings, Canada, 1851 to 2011
Notes: The term ‘population centre’ replaces the term ‘urban area’. The rural population for 1981 to 2011 refers to persons living outside centres with a population of 1,000 AND outside areas with 400 persons per square kilometre. Previous to 1981, the definitions differed slightly but consistently referred to populations outside centres of 1,000 population.
Source: CICH graphic created using data adapted from Statistics Canada, 2011 Census of Population.
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/tables-tableaux/sum-som/l01/cst01/demo62a-eng.htm – accessed July 18, 2017.
The majority of Canadians – 81% – live in urban settings (2011), reflecting a dramatic increase over the past 150 years.
This has remained consistent over the last two decades.
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