City Releases 2015 Census Results
Calgary – Calgary continues to grow and be an attractive city for people looking to relocate.
The latest census data released today by The City of Calgary shows Calgary’s population stands at 1,230,915, up 35,721 from the previous year. This is an increase of 2.99 per cent, approximately 3,000 fewer people than 2014 which was a record year for growth in Calgary.
The census covers the period from April 2014 to April 2015.
In 2015 The City of Calgary launched the census online for the first time. Over 86,000 Calgary residents submitted their census data through the new system. Census takers collected data from the remainder of households using mobile computing devices. With the online and 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 Calgary’s future needs.
Specific results from the 2015 Civic Census
Evanston is this year’s leader in growth at a community level with a population increase of 2,853. There were seven additional communities that experienced growth of more than 1,000 residents, including Mahogany (2,300), Auburn Bay (2,064), Cranston (1,831), Copperfield (1,468), Saddle Ridge (1,219), Nolan Hill (1,173), Redstone (1,120) and Skyview Ranch (1,055).
Net Migration and Natural Increase
Between April 2014 and April 2015, 24,909 more people moved to Calgary than moved away. Natural increase (the result of births over deaths) remained similar to the number from last year, at 10,812.
The number of housing units, both existing and under construction, continues to rise, increasing by 14,400 to 492,623; an increase of 2.92 per cent.
The number of vacant dwelling units in Calgary increased by 3,211 to 12,526, compared to 9,315 in 2014. 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 2.64 per cent, up from 2.01 per cent in 2014.
There are currently 462,461 occupied dwellings. Of those, 319,793 or 69.15 per cent are owner-occupied. In 2014, the comparable percentage was 68.73 per cent.
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 29, 2015.