Somewhat paradoxically, Saskatchewan is both a young and an old province, a Statistics Canada report says.

According to the latest census statistics on age released by the federal agency on Tuesday, Saskatchewan has the highest percentage of people over 65 years in Canada.

According to the 2006 census, seniors made up 15.4 per cent of Saskatchewan's population, well above the national average of 13.7 per cent.

In Alberta, which has the lowest number of seniors per capita, the over-65 set accounted for only 10.7 per cent of the population.

However, even though Saskatchewan has the highest percentage of seniors, it doesn't have the highest median age.

That title goes to Nova Scotia, where the median age when the census was conducted last year was 41.8 years. Saskatchewan's median age in 2006 was 38.7 years.

Although there are a lot of seniors, Saskatchewan also has a lot of children: 19.4 per cent of the population is under 15 years old, the second-highest percentage of all provinces, with Manitoba being first.

According to Statistics Canada, between 2001 and 2006,the percentage of seniorsincreased in every province and territory.