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  • Young adults will move to a rural community for family and for community reasons (Malatest, 2002). 
  • 19 non-metro census divisions (CDs) gained 15% of more of their young adults from 2007 to 2012. The table below shows the 7 with the greatest percent gain. 
  • However, 7 non-metro CDs lost more than 15% of their young adults from 2007 to 2012.

Non-metro census divisions with greatest loss and with greatest gain of young adults who were 25-29 years of age in 2007

Census Division identifier Name of Non-metro Census Division (sorted by percent change in young adults from 2007 to 2012) Change in population, 25-29 years of age in the beginning year compared to the population 30-39 years of age, five years later
Beginning year Ending year Population 25-29 years in beginning year Population 30-34 years in ending year Percent change over 5 years

7 non-metro census divisions lost 15% of more of their young adults, 25-29 years of age in 2007 in the following 5 years

5957 Stikine, British Columbia 2007 2012                                59                            46 -22
1213 Guysborough, Nova Scotia 2007 2012                              299                          237 -21
4815 Alta. Div. 15 (incl. Canmore) 2007 2012                           3,493                       2,822 -19
1101 Kings, Prince Edward Island 2007 2012                              899                          752 -16
4804 Alta. Div. 4 (incl. Hanna) 2007 2012                              617                          518 -16
2407 La Matapédia, Quebec 2007 2012                              870                          741 -15
2492 Maria-Chapdelaine, Quebec 2007 2012                           1,472                       1,254 -15

19 non-metro census divisions gained 15% of more of their young adults, 25-29 years of age in 2007 in the following 5 years. Here we show the 7 census divisions with the greatest percent gain.

5929 Sunshine Coast, British Columbia 2007 2012                              992                       1,231 24
2468 Les Jardins-de-Napierville, Quebec 2007 2012                           1,700                       2,116 24
1303 Sunbury, New Brunswick 2007 2012                           2,231                       2,859 28
2463 Montcalm, Quebec 2007 2012                           2,809                       3,699 32
2477 Les Pays-d'en-Haut, Quebec 2007 2012                           1,612                       2,135 32
4816 Alta. Div. 16 (incl. Fort McMurray) 2007 2012                           6,485                       9,043 39
5927 Powell River, British Columbia 2007 2012                              684                          958 40
Source: Statistics Canada. Annual Demographic Statistics, CANSIM Table 051-0052.
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