2018 Calgary census shows signs of recession recovery, increased population

Jul 30 2018, 6:54 pm

Calgary’s a big city, but it’s getting even bigger.

According to the recently released 2018 Civic Census, Calgary’s population has increased by more than 20,000 people over the past year.

To put that into perspective, 2017 saw an increase of around 11,000 — most of which was accounted for by a natural increase, which is babies being born in the city at a faster rate than people are dying in Calgary.

The 2017 census’ natural increase was actually slightly higher than what we saw in the most recent census data, as the large population increase was actually due to a large number of people deciding to migrate to the city.

Between 2016 and 2017, only 974 people migrated to Calgary — or at least 974 more people than the amount that left.

For 2017 to 2018, that number skyrocketed to 11,588, eclipsing the natural increase by just over 2,000 people.


2018 Civic Census data (City of Calgary)

The city’s vacant dwelling numbers are also looking better this year, potentially as a result of the heightened number of migrants.

While Calgary had 23,553 vacant dwellings at the time of the 2017 census, that number has since gone down to 19,408, though the number of units total has gone up by nearly 10,000.

Calgary’s population gain has been increasing steadily since 2015-2016, when the recession hit the city hard and caused over 6,500 more people to migrate away from the city than to it.

The census clocks the current population at 1,267,344 people, making Calgary the third most populous city in the entire country.

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