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2006 Census: Educational Portrait of Canada, 2006 Census: Mobility

Urban populations were especially highly educated

The census found that more than one-quarter (26%) of Canadians aged 25 to 64 who lived in an urban area in 2006 had a university degree. This was more than twice the proportion of 11% among those living in rural communities.

This difference was evident for all age groups. For instance, 32% of young urban adults aged between 25 and 34 had a university degree, more than twice the proportion of 13% among their rural counterparts. This is in large part due to young students moving to urban centres where there are universities.

Rural communities had a larger proportion of their population aged 25 to 64 who had a trades certificate. About 17% of rural residents had attained a trades certificate, compared with 11% of urban residents. This difference was consistent for all age groups.

Urban and rural communities were most alike in terms of the proportion of the population with a college diploma. About 20% of the adults in both rural and urban areas had a college diploma.

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