Mayor Naheed Nenshi
Accurate census information is essential in decision-making and planning for Calgary’s future needs.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi
Calgary, AB,

City Releases 2016 Census Results

Calgary’s population has grown to 1,235,171, up 4,256 from 2015

The latest census data released today by The City of Calgary shows Calgary’s population at 1,235,171, up 4,256 from the previous year. This is an increase of 0.36 per cent.

The census covers the period from April 2015 to April 2016.

In 2016 The City of Calgary continued to utilize the census online as well as tablet computers for door-to-door collection. This year people in 98,849 households submitted their census data through the self-serve online system. Through the use of electronic data collection, information is submitted in a secure manner after collection.

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

“Current and accurate data is a critical part of making good, informed decisions about the future of Calgary,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “The 2016 Civic Census includes important information for City Council and Administration.”

Detailed results from the 2015 Civic Census

Community Growth

Mahogany is this year’s fastest growing community with a population increase of 2,040. Six additional communities experienced significant growth of more than 1,000 residents, including Nolan Hill (2,033), Evanston (1,381), Auburn Bay (1,368), Skyview Ranch (1,245), Copperfield (1,137) and Legacy (1,056).

Net Migration and Natural Increase

Between April 2015 and April 2016, Calgary experienced negative net migration. Population growth is attributed to the natural increase of 10,783 (the result of births over deaths) which remained similar to the number from last year.


The number of housing units, both existing and under construction, continues to rise, increasing by 6,599 to 499,222; an increase of 1.32 per cent.

The number of vacant dwelling units in Calgary increased by 8,317 to 20,843; compared to 12,526 vacant units in 2015. 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 4.30 per cent, up from 2.64 per cent in 2015.

There are currently 463,682 occupied dwellings. Of those, 323,536 or 69.78 per cent are owner-occupied. In 2015, the comparable percentage was 68.73 per cent or 319,793.

The Civic Census Results Book and data tables in excel and PDF format are available on (After 12 p.m. today).