Population Pyramids

What you're going to need:

    • a large sheet of paper for the graph,
    • a ruler, some markers or pencil crayons,
    • and a calculator.

For this assignment you're going to construct population pyramids using data from Canadian censuses.

Using the information provided on the spreadsheet (the attached version at the bottom is more neatly formatted) or the population pyramid handout, construct a population pyramid. The pyramid should have two sets of data on it. Notice that the data from 2016 census is listed in percentages while the data from the other years is in straight numbers. You're going to have to convert the numbers to percentages in order to compare the two sets of data. The teacher will explain how.

  1. For each age group, show the data from the 2016  census.
  2. For each age group show the data from an earlier census. The teacher will help you decide which year you'll do since (hopefully) all the different years will get done by different students.
  3. Do each year in a different color ON THE SAME POPULATION PYRAMID.
  4. When you've done this, try to answer a few questions.
    1. The two different sets of data made different graphs. How are they different?
    2. Since both graphs are about Canadian population, you can assume something changed. What?
    3. Why did this change occur?
    4. What does this tell you about Canada today versus Canada in years gone by?

Minimum Standards

  • Are there two population pyramids on the sheet from two different years?
  • Are they clear and distinguishable from each other?
    • Do they use different colors for each pyramid?
  • Are the males on the left?
  • Are the females on the right?
  • Is the X axis clearly labeled?
    • Including gender and units of measure.
  • Is the Y axis clearly labeled including age?
  • Is there a caption/heading for the pyramids?
  • Is it neat, tidy and easy two understand?

Census data


Compare the two population pyramids.

  1. Explain how the population distribution is different between the two population pyramids.
  2. Suggests reasons why the population distribution might have changed over time.
  3. If this change continues, predict the results.
  4. How could we cope with this trend? Could we change it?
  5. What are possible social problems coming from this trend?
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