Calgary - Today, The City of Calgary released the 2014 Civic Census results for the period from April 2013 to April 2014. Calgary’s population has reached 1,195,194; this is an increase of 38,508 residents from the previous year when the Civic Census showed the city’s population was 1,156,686. This is an increase of 3.33%, similar to the level of population growth reported in 2010.  

In 2014, Census data was again collected using mobile computing devices.  With mobile data collection, the need for post collection data entry was eliminated and resulted in more timely and better quality data. 

Accurate census information is essential in decision making and planning for The City’s future needs. 

Specific results from the 2014 Civic Census  

Community Growth

Saddleridge is this year’s leader in growth at a community level with a population increase of 2,373.  There were seven additional communities that experienced growth of more than 1,000 residents, including: Auburn Bay (2,242), Cranston (1,858), Skyview Ranch (1,759), Evanston (1,704), Panorama Hills (1,384), Aspen Woods (1,095) and Beltline (1,091).

Net Migration and Natural Increase

Between April 2013 and April 2014, 28,017 more people moved to Calgary than moved away from the City. This coupled with natural increase, has once again resulted in record growth for the City. Natural increase (the result of births over deaths) remained similar to the number from last year, at 10,491.    

Housing                                     

The number of housing units, both existing and under construction continued to rise, increasing by 9,865 to 478,223; an increase of 2.06%. 

The number of vacant dwelling units in Calgary continued to decrease, falling by 2,467 to 9,315, compared to 11,782 in 2013. Vacant dwelling units are defined as units that are suitable and available for occupancy, excluding those units under construction or renovation. The overall vacancy rate in the city is 2.01%, down from 2.59% in 2013.

There are currently 453,626 occupied dwellings. Of those, 311,782 or 68.73% are owner-occupied. In 2013, the comparable percentage was 68.50%. 

The Civic Census Results Book and data tables in excel and PDF format will be available on calgary.ca/census after 12 noon on July 22, 2014.