The 2006 Census gives some useful information about Onoway. Onoway has a greater proportion of children, youth and elderly compared to the provincial figure. This has remained constant for the past two decades.
Onoway also has more females than males, particularly in the 25 – 49 years age group. This contrasts with Alberta province having an even number of males and females.
Employment and Income
While the employment rate is very good, there are many residents who are not part of the work force at all. This may affect employment uptake and turnover within the Town.
Income is comparable to the province, but family income is much lower – suggesting that there are more family dependents on lower or no incomes being supported by other income earners compared to Alberta as a whole. Notably, the median income in Onoway has increased significantly from $18,753 in 1998 to be much closer to the provincial average.
Over half of the households in the town have two or less people in them – suggesting that there may be demand for different housing types other than single detached medium-sized homes.
Average household size: 2.6 people
Not many people move within Onoway itself. Once they establish their residence, they tend to stay there.
Educational achievement in Onoway is lower than the provincial average. This may be reflected in the higher percentage of people not in the work force and, as shown in the statistics above, may affect the type of employment undertaken in the town.
Educational achievement for people over 14 years of age:
Source: 2006 Census Portrait: http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census06/analysis/popdwell/ProvTerr5.cfm,
accessed October 22, 2008.