Demographics in Cold Lake, AB

Population Marital Status Employment Spoken Language Median Income Households Housing Education Commute Time

What is the population of Cold Lake?

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Population by gender

% of Total
Total population 2021 15,660
Male population 8,100 51.7%
Female population 7,560 48.3%
Average age 33.9
Male population 51.7%
Female population 48.3%

Population by age group

% of Total
Under 14 3,585 22.9%
15 to 24 1,930 12.3%
25 to 34 3,160 20.2%
35 to 44 2,550 16.3%
45 to 54 1,510 9.6%
55 to 64 1,650 10.5%
Over 65 1,270 8.1%
Under 14 22.9%
15 to 24 12.3%
25 to 34 20.2%
35 to 44 16.3%
45 to 54 9.6%
55 to 64 10.5%
Over 65 8.1%
There are 15,660 residents in Cold Lake, with an average age of 33.9. Males make up 51.7% of the population, while females account for 48.3%. Locals under 14 years old represent the largest age group in Cold Lake (3,585 individuals), followed by those aged 25 to 34 (3,160 people).

What is the marital status of Cold Lake residents?

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% of Total
Married 5,455 45.2%
Common law 1,790 14.8%
Single 3,515 29.1%
Separated 355 2.9%
Divorced 600 5.0%
Widowed 355 2.9%
Married 45.2%
Common law 14.8%
Single 29.1%
Separated 2.9%
Divorced 5.0%
Widowed 2.9%
A total of 3,515 people in Cold Lake have never been married (which represents 29.1% of the population). Wedded people in Cold Lake (5,455 locals) account for 45.2% of the resident pool. Meanwhile, approximately 14.8% of locals live common law (that’s a total of 1,790 people).

What are the employment statistics in Cold Lake?

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Unemployment rate 7.8%
% of Total
Management 15 0.2%
Business, finance and administration 970 11.3%
Natural and applied sciences 615 7.2%
Health 575 6.7%
Education, law, community and government services 1,880 21.8%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 140 1.6%
Sales and service 1,925 22.4%
Trades and transport 1,580 18.4%
Natural resources and agriculture 485 5.6%
Manufacturing and utilities 420 4.9%
Management 0.2%
Business, finance and administration 11.3%
Natural and applied sciences 7.2%
Health 6.7%
Education, law, community and government services 21.8%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 1.6%
Sales and service 22.4%
Trades and transport 18.4%
Natural resources and agriculture 5.6%
Manufacturing and utilities 4.9%
Cold Lake has an unemployment rate of 7.8%. Regarding the most common jobs in Cold Lake, people working in Sales and service account for the largest share of the local workforce (1,925 individuals), followed by those in Education, law, community and government services (1,880 individuals) and Trades and transport (1,580 individuals).

What language is most spoken in Cold Lake?

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% of Total
English 14,735 94.8%
French 750 4.8%
English and French 40 0.3%
Neither English nor French 25 0.2%
The majority of Cold Lake residents (that’s 94.8%) speak English.

What is the median household income in Cold Lake?

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Median household income $105,000
Median after-tax household income $90,000
The median household income in Cold Lake is $105,000, while the median after-tax household income sits at $90,000 per year.

How many households are there in Cold Lake?

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Homeownership

% of Total
Total households 6,115
Owned households 3,910 63.9%
Rented households 2,205 36.1%
Owned households 63.9%
Rented households 36.1%

Household size

Average household size 2.5
% of Total
1 person 1,640 26.8%
2 person 2,025 33.1%
3 person 990 16.2%
4 person 905 14.8%
5 person 555 9.1%
1 person 26.8%
2 person 33.1%
3 person 16.2%
4 person 14.8%
5 person 9.1%

Households by age of primary maintainer

% of Total
Under 34 2,095 34.3%
35 to 44 1,405 23.0%
45 to 54 845 13.8%
55 to 64 995 16.3%
Over 65 775 12.7%
Under 34 34.3%
35 to 44 23.0%
45 to 54 13.8%
55 to 64 16.3%
Over 65 12.7%
There is a total of 6,115 households in Cold Lake, 63.9% of which are owner-occupied and 36.1% of which have renters living in them. Meanwhile, the average household size in Cold Lake is 2.5 people. Of the total households here, those with 2 people living in them account for the largest share of the market (2,025 households), followed by establishments occupied by 1 person (1,640 households). Moreover, families whose primary maintainer is under 34 years old represent the largest percentage of the total households in Cold Lake, at 34.3%.

What are the housing characteristics in Cold Lake?

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Year built

% of Total
Before 1945 50 0.8%
Between 1946 and 1960 545 8.9%
Between 1961 and 1970 305 5.0%
Between 1971 and 1980 985 16.1%
Between 1981 and 1990 895 14.6%
Between 1991 and 2000 710 11.6%
Between 2001 and 2010 1,325 21.7%
After 2011 1,300 21.3%
Before 1945 0.8%
Between 1946 and 1960 8.9%
Between 1961 and 1970 5.0%
Between 1971 and 1980 16.1%
Between 1981 and 1990 14.6%
Between 1991 and 2000 11.6%
Between 2001 and 2010 21.7%
After 2011 21.3%

No. of bedrooms

% of Total
No bedrooms 15 0.2%
1 bedroom 335 5.5%
2 bedrooms 1,305 21.3%
3 bedrooms 2,010 32.9%
4 or more bedroom 2,450 40.1%
No bedrooms 0.2%
1 bedroom 5.5%
2 bedrooms 21.3%
2 bedrooms 32.9%
4 or more bedroom 40.1%

Property type

% of Total
Single-detached homes 4,015 65.7%
Attached homes 1,820 29.8%
Movable homes 275 4.5%
Single-detached homes 65.7%
Attached homes 29.8%
Movable homes 4.5%
Median home value $300,000
Average home value $312,400

Home improvement needed

% of Total
Regular maintenance 4,230 69.3%
Major repairs 270 4.4%
Minor repairs 1,605 26.3%
Regular maintenance 69.3%
Minor repairs 26.3%
Major repairs 4.4%
Single-detached houses account for 65.7% of the residential buildings in Cold Lake. Meanwhile, the median home value here is $300,000 and the average figure sits at $312,400. Of all the properties in Cold Lake, 4 or more bedrooms units include 2,450 (the highest share) and 3 bedrooms units have 2,010 (second-highest share). Notably, when it comes to the condition of these homes, most of them require regular maintenance (69.3%) and minor repairs (26.3%).

What is the education level in Cold Lake?

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% of Total
No diploma 1,790 15.2%
High school diploma 3,580 30.4%
Apprenticeship diploma 1,395 11.8%
College diploma 2,990 25.4%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 170 1.4%
University degree 1,850 15.7%
No diploma 15.2%
High school diploma 30.4%
Apprenticeship diploma 11.8%
College diploma 25.4%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 1.4%
University degree 15.7%
Approximately 30.4% of the population in Cold Lake has a high school diploma (that’s 3,580 residents). Cold Lake locals holding a college diploma (2,990 people) account for 25.4% of the resident pool. Additionally, 15.7% of them hold a university degree (1,850 people).

What is the average commute time in Cold Lake?

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Average commute time 20 min

Commuting mode

% of Total
By car, truck or van 6,920 92.2%
By public transit 105 1.4%
By bicycle/by walking 355 4.7%
By other methods 125 1.7%
By car, truck or van 92.2%
By public transit 1.4%
By bicycle/by walking 4.7%
By other methods 1.7%

Commuting destinations

% of Total
Commute within the same municipality 4,950 85.7%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 765 13.2%
Commute to a different province 60 1.0%
Commute within the same municipality 85.7%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 13.2%
Commute to a different province 1.0%

Commuting duration

% of Total
Less than 15 minutes 3,900 52.0%
15 to 29 minutes 1,920 25.6%
30 to 44 minutes 860 11.5%
45 to 59 minutes 360 4.8%
More than 60 minutes 465 6.2%
Less than 15 minutes 52.0%
15 to 29 minutes 25.6%
30 to 44 minutes 11.5%
45 to 59 minutes 4.8%
More than 60 minutes 6.2%
Most employed people in Cold Lake (3,900 individuals) travel less than 15 min to get to work, followed by those who commute 15 to 29 min (1,920 individuals). All in all, the average commute time in Cold Lake is 20 min. The preferred commuting mode here is by car, truck or van and most employed Cold Lake locals commute within the same municipality to get to work.

Methodology & Disclaimers


Demographic data shown in this section was gathered from the latest census data from Statistics Canada (2021).
Census aggregated data represented here is extracted from Data Tables, by topic, at census subdivision area level. Differences may be found between the totals of the various categories due to multiple variables.
The information is updated as soon as new data is made available. No representation, guarantee or warranty is made as to the accuracy or completeness of information.