Focus on Geography Series, 2016 Census

Calgary, (CMA) - Alberta

Data quality

Population, 2016 and 2011 censuses

Figure 1.1 description Long description for Figure 1.1 Population, 2016 and 2011 censuses

Provincial population rank
1 of 18
National population rank
4 of 152
  • In 2016, the enumerated population of Calgary census metropolitan area (CMA) was 1,392,609, which represents a change of 14.6% from 2011. This compares to the provincial average of 11.6% and the national average of 5.0%.
  • The land area of Calgary is 5,110.21 square kilometres and the population density was 272.5 people per square kilometre.
  • In 2016, there were 519,693 private dwellings occupied in Calgary, which represent a change of 12.0% from 2011.

Figure 1.2 Population in the last 20 years, Calgary

Figure 1.2 description Long description for Figure 1.2 Population in the last 20 years, Calgary

Figure 1.3 Population change (in percentage) in the last 20 years, Calgary

Figure 1.3 description Long description for Figure 1.3 Population change (in percentage) in the last 20 years, Calgary

Population change (in percentage), census metropolitan areas, 2006 to 2011 and 2011 to 2016

Figure 1.4 description Long description for Figure 1.4 Population change (in percentage), census metropolitan areas, 2006 to 2011 and 2011 to 2016

Population and dwelling counts

Population change, 2011 to 2016 for census subdivisions in the Calgary CMA

Table 1 Calgary CMA – Census subdivisions, population change, 2011 to 2016
Census subdivision (CSD) name Type Population
2016 2011 % change
Calgary Census subdivision - Calgary, City CY 1,239,220 1,096,833 13.0
Airdrie Census subdivision - Airdrie, City CY 61,581 43,271 revised r 42.3
Rocky View County Census subdivision - Rocky View County, Municipal district MD 39,407 35,754 revised r 10.2
Cochrane Census subdivision - Cochrane, Town T 25,853 17,580 47.1
Chestermere Census subdivision - Chestermere, City CY 19,887 14,824 34.2
Crossfield Census subdivision - Crossfield, Town T 2,983 2,853 4.6
Tsuu T'ina Nation 145 (Sarcee 145) Census subdivision - Tsuu T'ina Nation 145 (Sarcee 145), Indian reserve IRI 1,643 2,052 revised r -19.9
Irricana Census subdivision - Irricana, Town T 1,216 1,162 4.6
Beiseker Census subdivision - Beiseker, Village VL 819 785 4.3

Population change and rank, 2011 to 2016 for CMAs or CAs in Alberta

Table 2 Alberta – Metropolitan areas, population rank and population change, 2011 to 2016
CMA or CA name Type Population Rank
2016 2011 % change Nat. Prov.
Calgary Calgary - Census metropolitan area CMA 1,392,609 1,214,839 14.6 4 1
Edmonton Edmonton - Census metropolitan area CMA 1,321,426 1,159,869 13.9 6 2
Lethbridge Lethbridge - Census metropolitan area CMA 117,394 105,999 10.8 34 3
Red Deer Red Deer - Census agglomeration CA 100,418 90,564 10.9 41 4
Medicine Hat Medicine Hat - Census agglomeration CA 76,522 72,807 5.1 48 5
Wood Buffalo Wood Buffalo - Census agglomeration CA 73,320 66,896 9.6 50 6
Grande Prairie Grande Prairie - Census agglomeration CA 63,166 55,655revised r 13.5 54 7
Lloydminster Lloydminster - Census agglomeration CA 34,583 30,798 12.3 78  not applicable ···
Lloydminster (Saskatchewan part)   14,938 12,766 17.0  not applicable ··· 8
Lloydminster (Alberta part)   19,645 18,032 8.9  not applicable ··· 10
Okotoks Okotoks - Census agglomeration CA 28,881 24,511 17.8 92 8
Brooks Brooks - Census agglomeration CA 24,662 23,430 5.3 103 9
Camrose Camrose - Census agglomeration CA 18,742 17,286 8.4 114 11
Sylvan Lake Sylvan Lake - Census agglomeration CA 15,302 12,797revised r 19.6 130 12
Cold Lake Cold Lake - Census agglomeration CA 14,961 13,839 8.1 132 13
Canmore Canmore - Census agglomeration CA 13,992 12,288 13.9 134 14
Strathmore Strathmore - Census agglomeration CA 13,756 12,305 11.8 135 15
High River High River - Census agglomeration CA 13,584 12,930revised r 5.1 139 16
Lacombe Lacombe - Census agglomeration CA 13,057 11,707 11.5 143 17
Wetaskiwin Wetaskiwin - Census agglomeration CA 12,655 12,525 1.0 147 18

Symbols:

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not applicable
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incompletely enumerated Indian reserve or Indian settlement
r
revised
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use with caution

Source:

Statistics Canada. 2017. Focus on Geography Series, 2016 Census. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-404-X2016001. Ottawa, Ontario. Data products, 2016 Census.

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