The population of Carcross averaged 399 in 2003. Although this is about the same as in the past couple of years and the same as it was in 1993, it reflects a drop from the 430 levels of the late 1990s. The population of Tagish averaged 181 in 2003. Tagish has experienced consistent population growth due to its increasing attraction as a place to live year-round. Carcross is also increasingly a commuting community.
People belonging to the Carcross/Tagish First Nation make up about half of the total population of these communities, more so in Carcross and less in Tagish. This compares with a 23-percent representation of First Nations people in the overall Yukon population.
The 2003 Census showed that most people in Carcross and Tagish had lived in their communities or elsewhere in the Yukon since 1996 or earlier. About 13 percent said they had come from outside the Yukon between 1996 and 2003, compared to 16 percent Yukon-wide.
Young people aged 15 to 24 are 12 percent of the Carcross population, close to the 14-percent proportion for the overall Yukon population. The proportion of children aged 14 or younger is 19 percent, similar to the Yukon average. People over 65 make up 11 percent of the population, above the Yukon average. The major difference between the age structure of the Carcross population and that of the Yukon-wide population is the smaller proportion of people in the 25-to-44 age group; only 28 percent fall into this range in Carcross compared with 31 percent for the Yukon.
The Tagish population is older than the Yukon average; 18 percent of people are over 65 years of age, compared to only 5 percent of the total Yukon population. This reflects some movement of older people into the community. Those aged 45 to 64 make up 34 percent of the Tagish population, compared to 29 percent of the Yukon population.
About 50 percent of the people in Carcross and 51 percent in Tagish are female, close to the female representation in the total Yukon population.