City Releases 2018 Census Results
The 2018 Civic Census Results are now available. The City of Calgary has been conducting an annual Civic Census since 1958. We are proud to acknowledge 60 years of Calgarians help in planning Calgary’s future. The latest census data released today shows Calgary’s population at 1,267,344 up 21,007 from the previous year. This is an increase of 1.69 per cent. This is an increase of 513 percent from 1958 when the population was 206,381.
The census covers the period from April 2017 to April 2018.
In 2018 The City of Calgary continued to utilize the census online as well as tablet computers for door-to-door collection. This year people in 186,027 households submitted their census data through the self-serve online system compared to 177,700 households in 2017, a 4.69 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 2018 Civic Census includes important information for City Council and Administration.”
Detailed results from the 2018 Civic Census
Beltline is this year’s fastest growing community with a population increase of 1,668. Nine additional communities experienced significant growth of more than 1,000 residents, including Saddle Ridge (1,656), Cornerstone (1575), Redstone (1,454), Mahogany (1,392), Legacy (1,385), Evanston (1,366), Nolan Hill (1,142), Sage Hill (1,136) and Skyview Ranch (1,125).
Net Migration and Natural Increase
Between April 2017 and April 2018, Calgary experienced positive net migration of 11,588 compared to a net migration of 974 in 2017. Population growth is mainly attributed to the natural increase of 9,419 (the result of births over deaths) which was down by 773 from the previous period of 2016-2017.
The number of housing units, both existing and under construction, continues to rise, increasing by 8,999 to 515,391; an increase of 1.77 percent.
The number of vacant dwelling units in Calgary decreased by 4,145 to 19,408; compared to 23,553 vacant units in 2017. 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 3.86 percent, down from 4.76 percent in 2017.
There are currently 482,742 occupied dwellings. Of those, 329,317 or 68.22 per cent are owner-occupied. In 2017, the comparable percentage was 68.81.
Household support for the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) and the Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) is on the rise in 2018. The number of preschool aged children eligible to enter the CBE system is 54,352 over the next five years. This is a decrease of 80 from 2017. The number of preschool aged children eligible to enter the CCSD system is 18,340 over the next five years. This is a decrease of 31 from 2017. Auburn Bay has the largest number of preschool aged children (children ranging in age from newborn to 5 years old) with 2,410. Nine other communities with the largest number of preschool aged children (children ranging in age from newborn to 5 years old), including Evanston (2,406), Panorama (2,216), Saddle Ridge (2,214),
Taradale ( 2,006), Cranston (1,861), McKenzie Towne (1,758), New Brighton (1,755), Tuscany (1,732) and Coventry Hills (1,706).
This year census data is more accessible to Calgarians. You can now get census data through:
- The Census Results Package (a digital package for Calgarians at the community level)
- The Open Data Catalogue (data in tables that is great for researchers)
- Interactive Census Maps (data in spacial format).
All of this information will be available on calgary.ca/census at 11:00 a.m on July 27, 2018.