La Matapédia Regional County Municipality

La Matapédia is a regional county municipality (RCM) in eastern Quebec, Canada at the base of the Gaspé peninsula, in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region. Its seat is in Amqui. It is named after the Matapédia River which runs through the western part of the RCM.

La Matapédia
Vallée de la Matapédia 4.JPG
Flag of La Matapédia
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Location of La Matapédia
Coordinates: 48°18′N 67°34′W / 48.300°N 67.567°W / 48.300; -67.567Coordinates: 48°18′N 67°34′W / 48.300°N 67.567°W / 48.300; -67.567[1]
Country Canada
Province Quebec
RegionBas-Saint-Laurent
EffectiveJanuary 1, 1982
County seatAmqui
Government
 • TypePrefecture
 • PrefectChantale Lavoie
 • Federal ridingHaute-Gaspésie—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia
 • Prov. ridingMatapédia
Area
 • Total5,389.00 km2 (2,080.70 sq mi)
 • Land5,374.57 km2 (2,075.13 sq mi)
Population
 (2016)[3]
 • Total17,925
 • Density3.3/km2 (9/sq mi)
 • Change
2011-2016
Decrease 3.5%
 • Dwellings
9,142
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Area code(s)418 and 581
Websitewww.mrcmatapedia.qc.ca

La Matapédia was created on January 1, 1982, succeeding from the former Matapédia County Municipality. The region was subject to one of the last waves of colonization in Quebec, settled mostly by people from the Lower Saint-Lawrence between 1850 and 1950. It is a rural region in the Matapedia Valley crossed by the Notre Dame Mountains. Agriculture and logging, and its related industries (forestry and wood products), are the main economic activities.[1]

SubdivisionsEdit

There are 25 subdivisions within the RCM:[2]

DemographicsEdit

PopulationEdit

Canada census – La Matapédia Regional County Municipality, Quebec community profile
2016 2011 2006
Population: 17,925 (-3.5% from 2011) 18,573 (-3.3% from 2006) 19,199 (-3.6% from 2001)
Land area: 5,374.57 km2 (2,075.13 sq mi) 5,373.92 km2 (2,074.88 sq mi) 5,373.92 km2 (2,074.88 sq mi)
Population density: 3.3/km2 (8.5/sq mi) 3.5/km2 (9.1/sq mi) 3.6/km2 (9.3/sq mi)
Median age: 50.6 (M: 50.1, F: 51.2) 48.0 (M: 47.7, F: 48.2) 44.5 (M: 44.5, F: 44.5)
Total private dwellings: 9,142 9,116 9,015
Median household income: $47,488 $42,628 $36,550
References: 2016[4] 2011[5] 2006[6] earlier[7]
YearPop.±%
1991 20,887—    
1996 20,883−0.0%
2001 19,920−4.6%
YearPop.±%
2006 19,199−3.6%
2011 18,573−3.3%
2016 17,925−3.5%
[8][3]

LanguageEdit

Canada Census Mother Tongue - La Matapédia Regional County Municipality, Quebec[8][3]
Census Total
French
English
French & English
Other
Year Responses Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop %
2016
17,790
17,635   3.2% 99.13% 70   6.7% 0.39% 35   16.7% 0.20% 50   100.0% 0.28%
2011
18,345
18,215   2.4% 99.29% 75   36.4% 0.41% 30   200.0% 0.16% 25   68.8% 0.14%
2006
18,810
18,665   3.4% 99.23% 55   57.1% 0.29% 10   75.0% 0.05% 80   700.0% 0.43%
2001
19,405
19,320   4.7% 99.56% 35   41.7% 0.18% 40   42.9% 0.21% 10   60.0% 0.05%
1996
20,435
20,280 n/a 99.24% 60 n/a 0.29% 70 n/a 0.34% 25 n/a 0.12%

TransportationEdit

Access RoutesEdit

Highways and numbered routes that run through the municipality, including external routes that start or finish at the county border:[9]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "La Matapédia (Municipalité régionale de comté)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2012-02-06.
  2. ^ a b c "La Matapédia". Répertoire des municipalités (in French). Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire. Retrieved 2012-02-06.
  3. ^ a b c d "Census Profile, 2016 Census: La Matapédia, Municipalité régionale de comté [Census division], Quebec". Statistics Canada. Retrieved December 18, 2019.
  4. ^ "2016 Community Profiles". 2016 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 21, 2017. Retrieved 2019-12-18.
  5. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-06.
  6. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2014-02-06.
  7. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
  8. ^ a b Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
  9. ^ Official Transport Quebec Road Map