Town of Viking

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Population Trends

The Town of Viking’s population has remained relatively stable at approximately 1,000 residents. Between 2006 and 2011 the population fell 4%, from 1,085 to 1,041.

Population projections prepared by the Government of Alberta suggest the region around the Town of Viking will not see significant population increases over the next forty years. It further suggests that most of the population increase will be the result of migration from other parts of Canada and the world.

Assuming provincial population projections are accurate, the Town of Viking is likely to see slight but steady population growth over the next few decades.

Year Population Growth Rate %
1991 1,109 Not Available
1996 1,081 -2.5
2001 1,052 -2.7
2006 1,085 3.1
2011 1,041 -4.1

Age

Based on figures from the 2011 Census, the median age of Town residents is 49.4, which is significantly older than the median age of the population for Alberta as a whole, at 36.5. Not surprisingly, the Town contains a lower proportion of young people when compared to the province as a whole. 15.4% of the Town’s population is under the age of 15, compared to 18.7% for all of Alberta.

The population pyramid of Viking from 2011 shows slight increase in the number of children being born in the community over the last 4 years. There is a higher proportion of young people in the 0-4 age cohort compared to the 5-9 age cohort.

Many population pyramids from small urban areas exhibit a smaller percentage of residents between the ages of 20 and 39, because individuals in this demographic often relocate to larger urban areas for education and employment opportunities. The Town of Viking’s population pyramid generally conforms to this rule of thumb, though to a lesser extent for males. This phenomenon indicates that there are likely more employment opportunities in the region for males and thus young men do not need to migrate elsewhere for employment opportunities.

The Town of Viking has a significantly larger proportion of seniors aged 65 and older at 30.6% of the total population compared to 11.1% of the total population for all of Alberta. Even more drastic is the percentage of persons 85 and older of 7.6% compared to 1.4% for all of Alberta. There are three times as many females 85 and older than males, while in Alberta as a whole the ratio is two to one, females to males.

Population Pyramid

Education

The Town of Viking is within the Battle River Regional School Division. Within the Town of Viking early childhood development for children ages 3 and 4 years is available at the Viking Play School followed by elementary and secondary education at The Viking School. Adult education is available through the Beaver County Adult Learning Council and the East Central Alberta Community Futures Development Corporation. Although there are no post-secondary institutions located within the town, Augustana, a residential liberal arts college, is located just 75 km southwest of the Town of Viking. Additionally, The University of Alberta, Grant MacEwan University, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and University of Calgary are a few hours drive from the Town of Viking.

According to Statistics Canada 30.7% of the residents over the age of 15 in the Town of Viking have no certificate, diploma or degree, compared to only 23.4% for all of Alberta. However, Individuals between 15 and 24 are the greatest affected at 36%. This figure could be attributed to the lack of individuals included in the group who are old enough to have graduated from high school as those who have already graduated may have migrated to larger urban centres for employment or education opportunities. The following chart further illustrates the level of education for the population over 15 years within the Town of Viking. Education levels can help illustrate the type of workforce and employment opportunities available in the area.

Higest Level of Education for Population Aged 15+

Level of Education No. %
No certificate; diploma or degree 270 30.70%
High school certificate or equivalent 203 23.00%
Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma 180 20.40%
College, CEGEP, or other non-university certificate or diploma 135 15.40%
University certificate or diploma below the bachelor level 30 3.50%
University certificate; diploma or degree 60 7.00%
Total number of residents aged 15+ 885 100%

Almost half (46.3%) of the Town’s residents over the age of fifteen have some form of post-secondary education. The majority of this group supplemented their education with an apprenticeship, trades certificate or college diploma.

Income

The median income for all private households in the Town of Viking is $39,387, which is lower than the Alberta median of $63,988. The majority of resident income in the Town of Viking (61.7%) is derived from employment, as opposed to government transfers such as pension plans, employment insurance, social assistance and worker’s compensation. The provincial equivalent is 82.3%. Statistics Canada classifies 5.1% of all persons in private households in the Town as low income before tax and 2.6% as low income after tax.

The following chart shows that while the average income for the whole population is $62,043, only 7.8% of the total population has an income of $60,000 or greater. This shows that of those who have an income of $60,000 or greater, on average this group likely has an income much higher than the Town average.

Income for All Private Households (Total = 445)

Income %
< $15,000 23.90%
$15,000 – $24,999 15.20%
$25,000 – $34,999 15.60%
$35,000 – $44,999 9.20%
$45,000 – $59,999 6.90%
> $60,000 7.80%

 

Housing

As of 2006, the Town of Viking contained a total of 445 dwellings, 85.4% of which are owner occupied. The vast majority of the housing inventory is made up of low density single detached houses, and the average household size is 2.9 persons, which is very comparable to the Alberta average of 3.0. Statistics Canada estimates that 10.1% of total occupied dwellings require major repair, while the provincial average is 6.7%. Of the Town’s total occupied dwellings, 91.0% were constructed prior to 1986, while across Alberta the average is 62.5%.

Housing Inventory

Type of Dwelling %
Single-detached houses 78.80%
Semi-detached houses 6.7
Apartments 3.40%
Other* 10.10%

Economics and Employment

The local economy supports opportunities for employment in agriculture, oil and gas, health care, and light manufacturing industries. There are opportunities for residents to work and live in the Town of Viking and the surrounding area.

The Town of Viking serves as a major service centre for the region offering healthcare, governmental, educational, entertainment, recreational and social services to residents of the community and the larger region. This is reflected in the large percentage of residence employed in the healthcare and social services industry, retail trade and business services.

Agriculture and other resource-based industries play an important role in the economy and land use of the Town of Viking and surrounding area. The area (which includes theTown of Viking and Beaver County) is well suited to hay and field crop production with significant acreage of hay and fodder crops, alfalfa and alfalfa mixes, canola, wheat, barley and oats grown. In 2006, the largest number of livestock (by individual animal, not by area) in the area was poultry, followed by beef cattle, swine, and dairy cattle.

Data collected by Statistics Canada concerning the area (which includes Beaver County and the Town of Viking) shows there are 795 farms with 1,140 operators, the majority of whom reside on their farm. Nearly one quarter (22.8%) of the total number of farm operators reported 20-40 hours of non-farm work with another quarter (24.5%) reporting more than 40 hours per week of non farm work. Similar proportions are reported throughout Alberta. This shows that although agriculture remains an active part of the area’s economy, many individuals supplement their income with other forms of employment.

The following chart further identifies the type of industry present in the town of Viking by identifying the percentage of individuals employed by specific industries.

Industry Inventory

Industry Type %
Agriculture and other resource-based industries 18.9%
Health care and social services 25.2%
Business services 10.80%
Retail trade 9.00%
Construction 6.30%
Finance and real estate 5.40%
Manufacturing 2.7%
Educational services 1.8%
Other 19.80%

Statistics Canada estimates that approximately 38.6% of the working population that lives in the Town of Viking also works in the Town. 32.0% of the Town’s population works outside the Town but within Alberta. 13.2% of the Town’s population works from home, while 16.0% have no fixed workplace address. 82.6% of the workforce within the Town drives a car, truck or van to work, compared to 74.2% of individuals for all of Alberta. It is not uncommon for individuals within small urban areas to rely on singleperson vehicles for transportation. However, in the Town of Viking, 14.1 % of individuals take public transit, walk or bicycle to work. This figure is only slightly lower than the provincial average (16.2%) and the national average (18%).

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Viking Election

voteViking Election Results

October 16, 2017

Viking Mayor:

Vote Results:
Cindy Lefsrud - 161
Jason Ritchie - 225    - Elected

Councillors - All positions acclaimed

Judy Acres - Councillor
Dana Ewashko - Councillor
Maynard Huibers - Councillor
Rod Hunter - Councillor
Clinton Nearing - Councillor
Laurel Weisgerber - Councillor