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The Peopling of the Prairie Provinces of Canada

A. S. Whiteley
American Journal of Sociology
Vol. 38, No. 2 (Sep., 1932), pp. 240-252
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2766458
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The Peopling of the Prairie Provinces of Canada
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Abstract

During the period 1886-1926 a cycle of population growth in the three Prairie Provinces of Canada was completed. The population rose from 150,000 to more than 2,000,000, while from 1901 to 1926 the increase was 1,647,881-393 per cent. The Prairie born constituted the largest single element in the population in 1926 and with those from other provinces comprised 62.75 per cent of the total. With respect to "origin," about one-half of those from Central, South, and East Europe and less than one-fourth of those from Northwest European stocks were foreign born. The Central European stocks have the highest fertility. Immigrants are concentrated between the ages of twenty and fifty years and have a disproportionate number of males. The native born are concentrated in the lower age groups. Unless industrial development proceeds apace there is little likelihood of another cycle of population growth.

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