Calgary, AB,

City Releases 2017 Census Results

The latest census data released today by The City of Calgary shows Calgary’s population at 1,246,337, up 11,166 from the previous year. This is an increase of 0.90 per cent.

The census covers the period from April 2016 to April 2017. This year’s census results were collected within the new ward boundaries that will come into effect on October 16, 2017.

In 2017 The City of Calgary continued to utilize the census online as well as tablet computers for door-to-door collection. This year people in 177,698 households submitted their census data through the self-serve online system compared to 98,849 households in 2016, a 79.77 per cent increase of use. Through the use of electronic data collection, information is submitted in a secure manner after collection.

“Current and accurate data is a critical part of making good, informed decisions about the future of Calgary,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “The 2017 Civic Census includes important information for City Council and Administration.”

Detailed results from the 2017 Civic Census

Community Growth

Auburn Bay is this year’s fastest growing community with a population increase of 1,870. Seven additional communities experienced significant growth of more than 1,000 residents, including Evanston (1,621), Legacy (1,560), Nolan Hill (1,556), Skyview Ranch (1,465), Mahogany (1,444), The Beltline (1,261) and Redstone (1,018).

Net Migration and Natural Increase

Between April 2016 and April 2017, Calgary experienced positive net migration of 974 compared to negative net migration of -6,527 in 2016. Population growth is mainly attributed to the natural increase of 10,192 (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 7,170 to 506,392; an increase of 1.44 per cent.

The number of vacant dwelling units in Calgary increased by 2,710 to 23,553; compared to 20,843 vacant units in 2016. 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 4.76 per cent, up from 4.3 per cent in 2016.

There are currently 471,176 occupied dwellings. Of those, 324,231 or 68.81 per cent are owner-occupied. In 2016, the comparable percentage was 69.78 per cent or 323,536.

The Civic Census Results Book and data tables in excel and PDF format will be available on by mid afternoon on July 20, 2017.


Public contact information:
Elections & Census Office
The City of Calgary
Phone: 403.476.4100 (Option 3)