2019 Census Results Released

The latest census data released today by The City of Calgary shows Calgary’s population at 1,285,711 up 18,367 from the previous year. This is an increase of 1.45 per cent.

“Calgary is experiencing stable net migration in spite of a slower pace of economic growth,” said city economist and regulatory lead Oyin Shyllon. “As a result Calgary is expected to experience continued but modest population growth over the next five years.”

In 2019 The City of Calgary continued to utilize the census online as well as tablet computers for door-to-door collection. This year people in 204,229 households submitted their census data through the self-serve online system compared to 188,633 households in 2018, a three per cent increase of use. Through the use of electronic data collection, information is submitted in a secure manner after collection.

“What the 2019 Civic Census tells us is that Calgary is growing even as we continue our economic recovery. We see where and how housing growth is taking place, giving us insight into how we need to plan our infrastructure investments. We are able to anticipate and plan for the effects an aging population is going to have on how the City operates,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “Building a city that focuses on quality of life requires good data and we’ll continue to make decisions based on the numbers for the benefit of all current and future Calgarians.”

Detailed results from the 2019 Civic Census

Community Growth

Mahogany leads the way in growth with a population increase of 1,948 for a total of 11,784 residents. Four other communities also had an increase of more than 1,000 residents including Legacy (1,116), Nolan Hill (1,051), Cornerstone (1,019), and Redstone (1,002).

Net Migration and Natural Increase

Between April 2018 and April 2019, Calgary experienced net-positive migration of 9,560 compared to a net migration of 11,588 in 2018. Population growth is also attributed to the natural increase of 8,807 (the result of births over deaths) which was down by 612 from the previous period of 2017-2018.


The number of housing units, both existing and under construction, continues to rise, increasing by 5,866 to 521,257; an increase of 1.14 per cent.

The number of vacant dwelling units in Calgary increased by 484 to 19,892; compared to 19,408 vacant units in 2018. 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 3.91 per cent, up from 3.86 per cent in 2017.

There are currently 489,062 occupied dwellings. Of those, 324,789 or 66.41 percent are owner-occupied. In 2018, the comparable percentage was 68.22.

Complete census data is available through:

  • The Census Results Package (a digital package for Calgarians at the community level)
  • Through the Open Data Catalogue (data in tables that is great for researchers)
  • Interactive Census Maps

The census covers the period from April 2018 to April 2019. The 2019 Census included the following questions:

  • Total Number of Residents
  • Ownership
  • School Support
  • Pre-school aged children born between 2013-2019
  • Age/Gender

Complete 2019 Civic Census including a Civic Census results user survey will be available on, at 10:00 a.m on Sept. 3, 2019.