What is Calgary’s Population and How is it Distributed by Community?

Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Photo credit: Kevin Cappis

Whether you are new to Calgary, or a long-time resident, you may be interested in knowing how the city’s population changed over time.  And how the population is distributed among the communities.

The following analysis was derived from Fuzeium’s interactive dashboards, which analyze Calgary’s 2017 civic census data.

Calgary’s population has grown every year since 1995.  Although in 2010 and in 2016, that growth declined due to a net migration out of the city. In total, the population has increased by 89,000 people in the past 5 years.

Calgary is a young city with a median age  (i.e the middle age) of 36.4 years (according to Calgary Economic Development).  The age category of 25-44 years old, is the largest group, with over 440,000 people.  The two communities with the highest number of those individuals are The Beltline and Panorama Hills.

As Calgary continued to grow, we see the biggest increase in population changes in the outer communities, which are newer subdivisions.

The green areas on the map below illustrate which communities had an increase in population (dark green with the highest), whereas the pink-red indicates communities that declined in population.

The five communities with the largest growth over 5 years, grew in total by more than 32,000 people.  Not surprisingly, these are on the edges of the city in the north and the south.

They are pinpointed on the map below.

Feel free to interact directly with the Calgary census Fuzeium dashboards.  Many insights can be discovered.

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