The figure for the age distribution of the population of the study area in 1968 are shown in Table 5.6.
Dominion Bureau of Statistics figures indicate that, in 1968, 48.1% of the population of the study area was over 45. In 1966 it was 43.5%. In the City of Winnipeg in 1966 it was 33.9%, and in Metropolitan Winnipeg it was 28.8%. Further analysis of the over 45 group shows that 21.6% of the population of the study area was over 65 in comparison in comparison to a Metropolitan Winnipeg proportion of 9.1%, and a City of Winnipeg proportion of 12.0%. In the younger age groups (under 25), the study area had a somewhat lower proportion than Winnipeg or the Metropolitan area. In 1966 the proportions were respectively 32.4%, 42.4% and 45.9%. The 1968 figure for the study area was 28.7%, well below those for the other two areas.
If the Dominion Bureau of Statistics figures are analyzed to establish a historical trend, they show an absolute decrease in every age group but two. Table 5.7 gives the 1961 figures which may be compared to Table 5.6 to illustrate the changes.
The [XMLmind] groups between 20 and 24 and over 65 increased between 1961 and 1967. All others declined, the most serious decrease occurring in the economically active age group between 25 and 54. This group declined by 786 people over the six year interval.
The distribution of the population by sex conforms to the normal situation. Both the City of Winnipeg and the Metropolitan area had more women than men in 1966, although the proportions were slightly closer. The presence in the study area of more women than men in the over-65 age group also conforms to the norm. This situation is due to higher mortality rates among older men.