PARC member region represents 15.2% (6,386 people) of the 42,068 residents in the greater Parkland region. The PARC communities are in the largest commuter shed in the Parkland with an additional 19,379 people within the immediate area, generally with 30-40 minute drive of centrally located Grandview. The highest population in the region is in the City of Dauphin at 8,251 residents. With all communities along major highways #5 and 10, commuting between community’s is practical.
The average age distribution between the PARC members is 48.5 years old with 17.0% (0-14 years), 54.3% (15-59 years) and 29.1% (60+ years).
An average of 84.7% of the PARC members living in the area are 3rd generation or more residents, which may contribute to the high retention rate of people living at the same address over a 5 year period.
Ethnic Diversity and Language
The region was once known as a cultural mosaic in Canada due to the high number of immigrants that either homesteaded or settled in the region. About 13.7% of the population declared they spoke more than one language in 2011 which is a 1.4% increase from 2006. The majority of second languages spoken across the region are Ukrainian, German, French, Polish, Dutch, Hungarian, Russian and other European dialects.
There is a strong Aboriginal and Metis population with the strongest languages being Ojibway and Cree. Valley River First Nation (aka.Tootinaowaziibeeng Treaty Reserve) is located within the PARC region. There are several other First Nation Reserves in the surrounding area, mainly located adjacent to the lakes and natural areas of the region.