New Sherbrooke statistics
According to Statistics Canada, Sherbrooke is growing. In the past fifteen years, the population has increased from 136,902 to 161,253, an increase of 17.8% which makes Sherbrooke the fourth fastest growing city in Quebec.
The biggest growth was seen in Rock Forest-St. Elie-Deauville (14.5%) and Fleurimont (7.5%). The only Borough that saw a decrease in population was the Borough of Lennoxville whose population decreased by the not insignificant amount of 3.7%.
The overall increase was particularly noted in the 50 plus crowd which went up by 10,120. The 85 and older group also increased by 90.7 % and now totals 3,785 people of that age. Sherbrooke has 1,545 more families than it had in 2006, however, the size of families has decreased, going down to an average of two children. The majority of children aged between 0 and 4 live in Rock Forest-St. Elie-Deauville. The Boroughs of Fleurimont, Jacques Cartier and Mont-Bellevue saw an increase in their population aged between 30 and 34. This evolution compares to other large cities in Quebec like TroisRivieres, Levis, Saguenay and Gatineau.
A small increase was seen among people who live alone, particularly in the Boroughs of Fleurimont and Mont Bellevue. Most of those are 65 or older.
The state of marriage hasn’t evolved much: the number of common-law couples has increased, going from 13,245 to 15,120. The city also saw a small increase of 110 in the number of single parent families.
When it comes to language, a high proportion of Sherbrooke residents know both official languages although French is more commonly spoken in the home. Only the Borough of Lennoxville has more than 50% of its population speaking English at home.
The average income of people 15 years and older is at $23,822. On this point, Sherbrooke compares favourably to TroisRivieres and Saguenay even though it us under the Quebec average of $24,430. These income figures are from 2005 since the 2011 figures are not yet available.
The complete demographic portrait can be seen on the City of Sherbrooke’s website.