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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Y-o-Y Change
Total population 2020* 15,413 0.6%

Population by gender

% of Total
Total population 2016 14,960
Male population 7,800 52.1%
Female population 7,160 47.9%
Average age 32.7
Male population 52.1%
Female population 47.9%

Population by age group

% of Total
Under 14 3,400 22.7%
15 to 24 1,940 13.0%
25 to 34 3,390 22.6%
35 to 44 2,190 14.6%
45 to 54 1,810 12.1%
55 to 64 1,320 8.8%
Over 65 915 6.1%
Under 14 22.7%
15 to 24 13.0%
25 to 34 22.6%
35 to 44 14.6%
45 to 54 12.1%
55 to 64 8.8%
Over 65 6.1%
There are 14,960 residents in Cold Lake, with an average age of 32.7. Males make up 52.1% of the population, while females account for 47.9%. Locals under 14 years old represent the largest age group in Cold Lake (3,400 individuals), followed by those aged 25 to 34 (3,390 people).

What is the marital status of Cold Lake residents?

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% of Total
Married 5,525 47.8%
Common law 1,825 15.8%
Single 3,115 26.9%
Separated 275 2.4%
Divorced 520 4.5%
Widowed 305 2.6%
Married 47.8%
Common law 15.8%
Single 26.9%
Separated 2.4%
Divorced 4.5%
Widowed 2.6%
A total of 3,115 people in Cold Lake have never been married (which represents 26.9% of the population). Wedded people in Cold Lake (5,525 locals) account for 47.8% of the resident pool. Meanwhile, approximately 15.8% of locals live common law (that’s a total of 1,825 people).

What are the employment statistics in Cold Lake?

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Unemployment rate 8.5%
% of Total
Management 875 10.6%
Business, finance and administration 870 10.5%
Natural and applied sciences 705 8.5%
Health 405 4.9%
Education, law, community and government services 1,415 17.1%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 90 1.1%
Sales and service 1,755 21.2%
Trades and transport 1,310 15.8%
Natural resources and agriculture 375 4.5%
Manufacturing and utilities 495 6.0%
Management 10.6%
Business, finance and administration 10.5%
Natural and applied sciences 8.5%
Health 4.9%
Education, law, community and government services 17.1%
Art, culture, recreation and sport 1.1%
Sales and service 21.2%
Trades and transport 15.8%
Natural resources and agriculture 4.5%
Manufacturing and utilities 6.0%
Cold Lake has an unemployment rate of 8.5%. Regarding the most common jobs in Cold Lake, people working in Sales and service account for the largest share of the local workforce (1,755 individuals), followed by those in Education, law, community and government services (1,415 individuals) and Trades and transport (1,310 individuals).

What language is most spoken in Cold Lake?

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% of Total
English 13,885 93.2%
French 960 6.4%
English and French 35 0.2%
Neither English nor French 25 0.2%
The majority of Cold Lake residents (that’s 93.2%) speak English.

What is the median household income in Cold Lake?

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Median household income $110,575
Median after-tax household income $92,800
The median household income in Cold Lake is $110,575, while the median after-tax household income sits at $92,800 per year.

How many households are there in Cold Lake?

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Homeownership

% of Total
Total households 5,600
Owned households 3,805 68.0%
Rented households 1,795 32.0%
Owned households 68.0%
Rented households 32.0%

Household size

Average household size 2.6
% of Total
1 person 1,255 22.4%
2 person 1,920 34.3%
3 person 965 17.2%
4 person 950 17.0%
5 person 510 9.1%
1 person 22.4%
2 person 34.3%
3 person 17.2%
4 person 17.0%
5 person 9.1%

Households by age of primary maintainer

% of Total
Under 34 2,115 37.8%
35 to 44 1,170 20.9%
45 to 54 1,060 18.9%
55 to 64 725 13.0%
Over 65 530 9.5%
Under 34 37.8%
35 to 44 20.9%
45 to 54 18.9%
55 to 64 13.0%
Over 65 9.5%
There is a total of 5,600 households in Cold Lake, 68% of which are owner-occupied and 32% of which have renters living in them. Meanwhile, the average household size in Cold Lake is 2.6 people. Of the total households here, those with 2 people living in them account for the largest share of the market (1,920 households), followed by establishments occupied by 1 person (1,255 households). Moreover, families whose primary maintainer is under 34 years old represent the largest percentage of the total households in Cold Lake, at 37.8%.

What are the housing characteristics in Cold Lake?

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Year built

% of Total
Before 1945 65 1.2%
Between 1946 and 1960 470 8.4%
Between 1961 and 1970 425 7.6%
Between 1971 and 1980 900 16.1%
Between 1981 and 1990 830 14.8%
Between 1991 and 2000 665 11.9%
Between 2001 and 2010 1,385 24.8%
After 2011 850 15.2%
Before 1945 1.2%
Between 1946 and 1960 8.4%
Between 1961 and 1970 7.6%
Between 1971 and 1980 16.1%
Between 1981 and 1990 14.8%
Between 1991 and 2000 11.9%
Between 2001 and 2010 24.8%
After 2011 15.2%

No. of bedrooms

% of Total
No bedrooms 10 0.2%
1 bedroom 215 3.8%
2 bedrooms 1,105 19.8%
3 bedrooms 1,985 35.5%
4 or more bedroom 2,280 40.8%
No bedrooms 0.2%
1 bedroom 3.8%
2 bedrooms 19.8%
2 bedrooms 35.5%
4 or more bedroom 40.8%

Property type

% of Total
Single-detached homes 3,740 66.8%
Attached homes 1,560 27.9%
Movable homes 300 5.4%
Single-detached homes 66.8%
Attached homes 27.9%
Movable homes 5.4%
Median home value $349,734
Average home value $373,202

Home improvement needed

% of Total
Regular maintenance 3,675 65.7%
Major repairs 390 7.0%
Minor repairs 1,530 27.4%
Regular maintenance 65.7%
Minor repairs 27.4%
Major repairs 7.0%
Single-detached houses account for 66.8% of the residential buildings in Cold Lake. Meanwhile, the median home value here is $349,734 and the average figure sits at $373,202. Of all the properties in Cold Lake, 4 or more bedrooms units include 2,280 (the highest share) and 3 bedrooms units have 1,985 (second-highest share). Notably, when it comes to the condition of these homes, most of them require regular maintenance (65.7%) and minor repairs (27.4%).

What is the education level in Cold Lake?

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% of Total
No diploma 1,680 15.0%
High school diploma 3,330 29.6%
Apprenticeship diploma 1,525 13.6%
College diploma 2,725 24.3%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 245 2.2%
University degree 1,725 15.4%
No diploma 15.0%
High school diploma 29.6%
Apprenticeship diploma 13.6%
College diploma 24.3%
University diploma (below bachelor level) 2.2%
University degree 15.4%
Approximately 29.6% of the population in Cold Lake has a high school diploma (that’s 3,330 residents). Cold Lake locals holding a college diploma (2,725 people) account for 24.3% of the resident pool. Additionally, 15.4% of them hold a university degree (1,725 people).

What is the average commute time in Cold Lake?

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Average commute time 23 min

Commuting mode

% of Total
By car, truck or van 7,230 90.0%
By public transit 225 2.8%
By bicycle/by walking 505 6.3%
By other methods 70 0.9%
By car, truck or van 90.0%
By public transit 2.8%
By bicycle/by walking 6.3%
By other methods 0.9%

Commuting destinations

% of Total
Commute within the same municipality 5,055 75.5%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 1,580 23.6%
Commute to a different province 60 0.9%
Commute within the same municipality 75.5%
Commute to another municipality within the same province 23.6%
Commute to a different province 0.9%

Commuting duration

% of Total
Less than 15 minutes 3,930 48.9%
15 to 29 minutes 1,950 24.3%
30 to 44 minutes 905 11.3%
45 to 59 minutes 495 6.2%
More than 60 minutes 750 9.3%
Less than 15 minutes 48.9%
15 to 29 minutes 24.3%
30 to 44 minutes 11.3%
45 to 59 minutes 6.2%
More than 60 minutes 9.3%
Most employed people in Cold Lake (3,930 individuals) travel less than 15 min to get to work, followed by those who commute 15 to 29 min (1,950 individuals). All in all, the average commute time in Cold Lake is 23 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 (2016).
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.
*Total population 2020 extracted from Annual Population Estimates.

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