More PEI Immigration Statistics

Moving on from yesterday’s brief overview of immigrant populations in selected PEI places, I did a little hacking today to extract data for all of Prince Edward Island’s 109 Census Subdivisions (there are actually 113, but the Lennox Island, Rocky Point, Morell and Scotchfort subdivisions don’t have immigration data).

My assumption going in was that Charlottetown, of course, would have the highest proportion of immigrants (I have nothing to base this on by anecdotal information and perhaps a limited view of who’s an “immigrant”). Turns out that Charlottetown is ranked #25, and is surpassed by such cosmopolitan enclaves as Montague, Kinkora, Miminegash.

The most immigrant-rich area of PEI? Lot 30. It’s a thin sliver of a census subdivision that runs up from the shore between Clyde River and Victoria, and includes parts of St. Catherines and Brookvale. 12.5% of the population in Lot 30 are immigrants (95 of 760 residents).

The second most immigrant-rich area is Lot 58, another thin census subdivision that runs along the eastern half of Point Prim and inland.

Here’s a table showing the all of PEI’s census subdivisions, sorted in descending order of the percentage immigrant population. The data is from the 2006 Census Community Profiles.

Rank Name Population Immigrants Percentage
1 Lot 30 760 95 12.50%
2 Lot 58 525 65 12.38%
3 Sherbrooke 130 15 11.54%
4 Lot 22 580 55 9.48%
5 Breadalbane 175 15 8.57%
6 Lot 62 540 45 8.33%
7 Lot 52 825 65 7.88%
8 Lot 57 950 70 7.37%
9 Lot 24 1570 105 6.69%
10 Montague 1735 115 6.63%
11 Kinkora 325 20 6.15%
12 Lot 38 500 30 6.00%
13 Lot 33 1085 65 5.99%
14 Lot 66 170 10 5.88%
15 Lot 12 875 50 5.71%
16 Miminegash 175 10 5.71%
17 Stratford 7080 385 5.44%
18 Meadowbank 370 20 5.41%
19 Lot 41 470 25 5.32%
20 Crapaud 305 15 4.92%
21 Clyde River 615 30 4.88%
22 Lot 29 935 45 4.81%
23 Miltonvale Park 1145 55 4.80%
24 Charlottetown 31295 1480 4.73%
25 Lot 60 320 15 4.69%
26 Lot 50 855 40 4.68%
27 Lot 36 750 35 4.67%
28 Lot 37 540 25 4.63%
29 Lot 43 775 35 4.52%
30 Lot 31 1615 70 4.33%
31 Lot 51 810 35 4.32%
32 Lot 49 1045 45 4.31%
33 Lot 65 2050 85 4.15%
34 Lot 35 1605 65 4.05%
35 Hunter River 250 10 4.00%
36 Lot 25 1155 45 3.90%
37 Lot 18 1055 40 3.79%
38 Lot 21 955 35 3.66%
39 Lot 48 1790 65 3.63%
40 Lot 23 835 30 3.59%
41 Resort Municipality 280 10 3.57%
42 Kings 290 10 3.45%
43 Lot 56 445 15 3.37%
44 Lot 63 900 30 3.33%
45 Lot 64 930 30 3.23%
46 Summerside 14270 460 3.22%
47 Lot 40 475 15 3.16%
48 Warren Grove 335 10 2.99%
49 Lot 67 845 25 2.96%
50 Lot 9 360 10 2.78%
51 Murray Harbour 360 10 2.78%
52 Lot 34 2355 60 2.55%
53 Lot 14 795 20 2.52%
54 Alberton 1030 25 2.43%
55 Lot 61 830 20 2.41%
56 Georgetown 625 15 2.40%
57 Murray River 430 10 2.33%
58 Lot 53 435 10 2.30%
58 Lot 54 435 10 2.30%
59 Lot 28 885 20 2.26%
60 Souris 1160 25 2.16%
61 Cornwall 4675 100 2.14%
62 Lot 13 720 15 2.08%
63 Kensington 1485 30 2.02%
64 Lot 47 515 10 1.94%
65 Lot 11 520 10 1.92%
66 Lot 27 825 15 1.82%
67 Lot 7 565 10 1.77%
68 North Rustico 600 10 1.67%
69 Lot 5 1250 20 1.60%
70 Lot 26 1000 15 1.50%
71 Tignish 720 10 1.39%
72 O’Leary 835 10 1.19%
73 Lot 4 1175 10 0.85%
74 Lot 15 1210 10 0.83%
75 Lot 59 1230 10 0.81%
76 Lot 1 1880 15 0.80%
77 Lot 2 1655 10 0.60%
78 Lot 19 1875 10 0.53%
79 Abrams Village 265 0 0.00%
79 Bedeque 130 0 0.00%
79 Borden-Carleton 785 0 0.00%
79 Brackley 335 0 0.00%
79 Cardigan 370 0 0.00%
79 Central Bedeque 150 0 0.00%
79 Linkletter 320 0 0.00%
79 Lot 10 295 0 0.00%
79 Lot 16 700 0 0.00%
79 Lot 17 565 0 0.00%
79 Lot 20 750 0 0.00%
79 Lot 3 900 0 0.00%
79 Lot 39 655 0 0.00%
79 Lot 42 300 0 0.00%
79 Lot 44 865 0 0.00%
79 Lot 45 500 0 0.00%
79 Lot 46 400 0 0.00%
79 Lot 55 400 0 0.00%
79 Lot 6 855 0 0.00%
79 Lot 8 665 0 0.00%
79 Miscouche 760 0 0.00%
79 Morell 305 0 0.00%
79 Mount Stewart 260 0 0.00%
79 St. Louis 80 0 0.00%
79 St. Peters Bay 245 0 0.00%
79 Tyne Valley 205 0 0.00%
79 Union Road 245 0 0.00%
79 Victoria 75 0 0.00%
79 Wellington 400 0 0.00%
79 Winsloe South 180 0 0.00%

Comments

Hans's picture
Hans on March 27, 2008 - 17:47

Given the broad definition of “immigrant”, I would guess the large percentages in Lot 30 and Lot 58 may be accounted for by the back-to-the-land former “hippie” enclaves of American expats in those areas (i.e. out back of Breadalbane and out back of Belfast). I note Breadalbane itself is #5 on your chart.

Do the the lots in the Census equate to PEI’s original 67 lots/townships drawn up by Samuel Holland?

Robert Paterson's picture
Robert Paterson on March 27, 2008 - 18:31

This is very interesting for me Peter. If PEI was to have a sensible immigration strategy it would make it easy to find where strangers might feel more welcome. Even better where to find concentrations of like minded or like cultured people.

I also think about Richard Florida’s work on Societies that are more adaptable and that accept and support innovation - those more open to difference - we have a long way to go.

But when I arrived in Toronto in 1972 it was largely WASP with a large number of Italians - now look at it.

Rob L.'s picture
Rob L. on March 27, 2008 - 20:02

My first reaction was the same as Hans, maybe because we have mutual friends from the old Belfast area hippie clan.

Peter Rukavina's picture
Peter Rukavina on March 27, 2008 - 21:06

When Statistics Canada releases the “ethnic origin” statistics into the Community Profiles on April 4 we’ll have a better answer to this.

Also, don’t neglect the Dutch Farmers immigration that would show up in rural agricultural areas.

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