Elections

A tale of two ridings

The two ridings in The Tri-City News’ readership area have been politically distinct, although they share a border. While New Westminster-Coquitlam has most often voted for an NDP member of Parliament and Port Moody-Westwood-Coquitlam has been a bastion of support for the Conservatives, you might expect vast dissimilarities in their demographics and income. Surprisingly, they share vary similar characteristics, with a few exceptions. The information below was taken from the 2006 national census and posted by BC Stats (www.bcstats.gov.bc.ca).

 

PORT MOODY-WESTWOOD-PORT COQUITLAM

Population: 116,555

Median age: 38.1 years

Number of census families: 33,170

4-person census families: 28.5%

Families with 5 or more persons: 9.1%

Average number of children: 1.2

Immigrant share of total pop.: 36%

 

 

Top 4 mother-tongue languages spoken:

• English: 63.9%

• Chinese: 12.1%

• Korean: 4.5%

• Persian: 3.2%

 

 

Population 15 years and over in the labour force: 69%

Population 25 to 64  years with certificate, diploma or degree: 92.2%

Apprenticeship/trades: 10.7%

College diploma: 21.2%

University certificate, diploma or degree: 34.6%

Average family income (2005): $88,857

Average after-tax family income: $73,448

NEW WESTMINSTER-COQUITLAM

Population: 111,231

Median age: 39.9 years

Number of census families: 30,685

4-person census families: 22.8%

Families with 5 or more persons: 8%

Average number of children: 1.1

Immigrant share of total pop.: 31%

 

 

Top 4 mother-tongue languages spoken:

• English: 67.3%

• Chinese: 8.3%

• Korean: 3.1%

• Persian: 1.8%

 

 

Population 15 years and over in the labour force: 68.9%

Population 25 to 64  years with certificate, diploma or degree: 91.3%

Apprenticeship/trades: 11.6%

College diploma: 20.8%

University certificate, diploma or degree: 33.7%

Average family income (2005): $83,378

Average after-tax family income: $69,900

 


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