World Population

Northwest Territories Population

Northwest Territories (abbreviated as NT or NWT), region of northern and northwestern Canada, borders Nunavut to the east, the provinces of Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia to the south, and Yukon to the west. According to statcan, Northwest Territories population in 2021 is estimated to be 44,991, ranks eleventh populous, Its area is 1,346,106 sq.km (519,734 sq mi), third in area rank. The creation in 1999 of the territory of Nunavut out of the eastern portion of the Northwest Territories reduced the area of the latter by more than half. Yukon was ceded from the Northwest Territories in 1898. Alberta and Saskatchewan were created from parts of the Northwest Territories in 1905. Yellowknife is the capital, most populous community, and only city in the territory, with population 19,569 as of the 2016 census, and other cities are Fort Simpson, Inuvik and Sachs Harbour.

According to 2016 census the population of Northwest territories is 41,786, around 324 people increased from 2011 census of 41,462 with the percentage change of 0.8. Average age of the population is 34.9 years and Median age of the population is 34 years. The age group from 0 to 14 years is 8,875, 15 to 64 years is 29,690, 65 years and over is 3,220 and 85 years and over is 225.

Age GroupTotalMaleFemale
0 to 4 years3,1201,6051,515
5 to 9 years3,0151,5201,495
10 to 14 years2,7401,3501,385
15 to 19 years2,7151,4051,310
20 to 24 years3,0651,6351,430
25 to 29 years3,4651,7551,710
30 to 34 years3,3851,6701,720
35 to 39 years3,2151,5651,650
40 to 44 years2,8251,3651,460
45 to 49 years2,8801,4851,400
50 to 54 years3,2001,6201,575
55 to 59 years2,8251,4801,345
60 to 64 years2,1051,1101,000
65 to 69 years1,410785630
70 to 74 years820450370
75 to 79 years465230235
80 to 84 years300155145
85 to 89 years1506580
90 to 94 years552535
95 to 99 years20510


Ethnic groups

People up to third generation are officially termed as non-immigrants and thereon the people inflow is termed as immigrants. Below table indicates Northwest Territory Citizenship details:

ResidentsPopulationMaleFemale
Canadian citizens39,58520,14519,435
Canadian citizens aged under 1810,2355,1305,105
Canadian citizens aged 18 and over29,34515,02014,335
Not Canadian citizens1,555755790
Immigrant status and period of immigration: Immigrant refers to a person who is or has ever been a landed immigrant/permanent resident. This person has been granted the right to live in Canada permanently by immigration authorities. Some immigrants have resided in Canada for a number of years, while others have arrived recently. Some immigrants are Canadian citizens, while others are not. Most immigrants are born outside Canada, but a small number are born in Canada.
ImmigrantsPopulationMaleFemale
Non-immigrants37,14018,86518,275
Immigrants3,6901,8751,815
Before 1981705390315
1981 to 1990410205205
1991 to 2000620355265
2001 to 20101,135530610
2001 to 2005510260255
2006 to 2010625270355
2011 to 2016815400420
Non-permanent residents310170145
Immigrants by selected place of birth: The Northwest Territory state officially categorizes its population into six groups, they are Native American/Alaskan Native, Pacific Islander, African American, European Whites, Asian, and Native Hawaiian. Below table is the Immigrants by selected place of birth:
Place of BirthPopulation
Total Americas450
Brazil10
Colombia15
El Salvador25
Guyana10
Haiti10
Jamaica80
Mexico20
Peru10
Trinidad and Tobago10
United States220
Other places of birth in Americas60
The 2016 Canadian census counted a Total Europeans immigrants living in the Northwest Territories.
Place of BirthPopulation
>>> European Population770
Bosnia and Herzegovina0
Croatia15
France35
Germany130
Greece10
Hungary10
Ireland15
Italy40
Netherlands35
Poland20
Romania10
Russian Federation15
Serbia10
Ukraine0
United Kingdom320
Other places of birth in Europe100
>>> African Population
Africa480
Algeria10
Egypt10
Ethiopia30
Kenya10
Morocco25
Nigeria35
Somalia25
South Africa, Republic of40
Other places of birth in Africa305
>>>Asian Population
Asia1,955
Afghanistan10
Bangladesh95
China105
Hong Kong35
India185
Iran35
Japan65
Korea, South75
Pakistan70
Philippines955
Sri Lanka10
Taiwan10
Viet Nam175
Other places of birth in Asia120
Oceania and other places of birth40
>>>Aboriginal population
Aboriginal identity20,860
Single Aboriginal responses20,650
First Nations (North American Indian)13,180
Métis3,385
Inuk (Inuit)4,075
Multiple Aboriginal responses155
Aboriginal responses not included elsewhere55
Non-Aboriginal identity20,275
Total visible minority population3,960
South Asian615
Chinese300
Black760
Filipino1,300
Latin American135
Arab100
Southeast Asian255
West Asian50
Korean100
Japanese150
Visible minority, n.i.e.95


Languages

The Northwest Territories region of Canada recognizes 11 official languages, nine official Aboriginal languages, as well as English and French through its Official Languages Act. Of these, nine belong to three different Indigenous language families: Dene-Athapaskan (Chipewyan, Gwich’in, North Slavey, South Slavey, and Tłı̨chǫ), Inuit (Inuinnaqtun, Inuktitut, and Inuvialuktun), and Algonquian (Cree).

LanguagePopulation
English39,875
French1,165
English and French150
Neither English nor French195
Language spoken at Home: Indigenous languages are frequently spoken throughout the Northwest Territories in smaller communities that have high proportions of resident speakers.
Language Spoken at HomePopulation
English31,765
French1,175
Non-official languages7,625
Aboriginal languages4,635
Algonquian languages145
Blackfoot5
Cree-Montagnais languages130
Plains Cree5
Swampy Cree5
Cree, n.o.s.120
Eastern Algonquian languages5
Ojibway-Potawatomi languages15
Ojibway15
Athabaskan languages3,875
Northern Athabaskan languages3,875
Dene440
Dogrib (Tlicho)1,600
Gwich'in140
Slavey-Hare languages1,690
North Slavey (Hare)745
South Slavey775
Slavey, n.o.s.175
Inuit languages600
Inuinnaqtun (Inuvialuktun)470
Inuktitut110
Inuit languages, n.i.e.20
Mohawk5
Michif5
Aboriginal languages, n.o.s.5
Non-Aboriginal languages2,990
Afro-Asiatic languages215
Berber languages5
Berber languages, n.i.e.5
Cushitic languages50
Somali45
Semitic languages160
Amharic20
Arabic120
Tigrigna20
Austro-Asiatic languages165
Vietnamese160
Austronesian languages910
Bikol5
Cebuano60
Hiligaynon15
Ilocano70
Pampangan (Kapampangan, Pampango)5
Pangasinan5
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino)745
Austronesian languages, n.i.e.5
Creole languages40
Haitian Creole5
Creole, n.o.s.25
Creole languages, n.i.e.15
Dravidian languages60
Malayalam25
Tamil20
Telugu15
Indo-European languages1,045
Albanian10
Armenian45
Balto-Slavic languages220
Slavic languages220
Belarusan5
Bosnian5
Bulgarian10
Croatian15
Czech15
Macedonian5
Polish45
Russian40
Serbian15
Slovak25
Slovene (Slovenian)10
Ukrainian35
Celtic languages10
Welsh5
Germanic languages270
Afrikaans20
Danish5
Dutch55
German170
Icelandic5
Swedish10
Greek20
Indo-Iranian languages285
Indo-Aryan languages245
Bengali70
Gujarati15
Hindi40
Marathi5
Nepali20
Punjabi (Panjabi)50
Sinhala (Sinhalese)10
Urdu45
Iranian languages35
Pashto5
Persian (Farsi)30
Indo-Iranian languages, n.i.e.5
Italic (Romance) languages190
Italian50
Portuguese25
Romanian10
Spanish105
Japanese60
Korean40
Mongolian5
Niger-Congo languages135
Akan (Twi)15
Ganda10
Igbo5
Lingala5
Kinyarwanda (Rwanda)5
Shona40
Swahili5
Yoruba5
Niger-Congo languages, n.i.e.50
Nilo-Saharan languages5
Nilo-Saharan languages, n.i.e.5
Sign languages5
Sign languages, n.i.e5
Sino-Tibetan languages250
Chinese languages250
Cantonese110
Mandarin60
Chinese, n.o.s.75
Tai-Kadai languages10
Lao5
Thai5
Turkic languages5
Turkish5
Uzbek5
Uralic languages30
Estonian5
Finnish10
Hungarian20


Marital status for 2016 census of Northwest Territory was reported for each person as either married widowed, divorced, separated, or never married. Individuals who were living together (unmarried people, people in common-law marriages) reported the marital status which they considered most appropriate.

StatusTotal
Married or living common law17,955
Married11,585
Living common law6,375
Not married and not living common law14,955
Never married11,840
Separated800
Divorced1,315
Widowed1,010


Income Distribution

10.66 percent of the Northwest population having an annual income of under $10,000, 21.65 percent having annual income between $10,000 to $39,000 representing the largest group, Moreover, some 8 percent had an annual income between 60,000 and 79,999 Canadian dollars, 18 percent of the NWT population had an annual income of 100,000 Canadian dollars or more.

Income RangePopulation
Under $10,000 (including loss)4,455
$10,000 to $19,9993,655
$20,000 to $29,9993,100
$30,000 to $39,9992,290
$40,000 to $49,9992,025
$50,000 to $59,9991,830
$60,000 to $69,9991,730
$70,000 to $79,9991,620
$80,000 to $89,9991,560
$90,000 to $99,9991,495
$100,000 and over7,520
$100,000 to $149,9995,685
$150,000 and over1,835


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