Saint-Lazare has most young people in Quebec
Jay Z's song Forever Young could be the new anthem for those living in Saint-Lazare.
Statistics Canada recently released results showing the off-island town as one of two Quebec municipalities boasting the highest percentage of people under the age of 20.
The government agency's results are from a survey done on July 1, 2010.
In this survey, Saint-Lazare and Blainville were identified as towns in Quebec with the highest percentage of young people, with each town registering 31-percent of its population younger than 20 years.
By contrast, just 15-percent of SaintSauveur's population was under the age of 20, while in the rest of Quebec, an average 22-percent of the population was under the age of 20.
Saint-Lazare mayor Pierre Kary said while he was not surprised by the news, it is a reminder that the town needs to step up to the plate when offering services to its youth.
"We need to have the infrastructure in place to deal with this demography," Kary said, adding, "If we fail to respond to the needs of our young people then we will face a bigger problem, and that's juvenile delinquency and that will be much more expensive than providing services."
Kary said the current construction of a new English elementary school in SaintLazare is just one example of an ongoing need. The school was contested last year by people living in the area where it is being built.
Meanwhile, the Statistics Canada results included those on the other end of the spectrum.
People 65-years and older counted for 15-percent of Quebec's population, according to the survey, while the largest number of retirement age people - 28-percent - lived in Côte-Saint-Luc.
Twenty-six percent ofMontréal's population was of retirement age, as were those living in Montérégie and Saint-Sauveur.
At 48.8 years-old, people living in SaintSauveur had the highest average age, while those living in Saint-Amable were 33.8 years-old on average. Up a bit fromthat was Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier, with an average age of 34-years and Cantley, whose population was an average 34.5 years of age.
The average age in Quebec was 40.7 years.