Calgary, Edmonton See Record Population Growth

CALGARY/EDMONTON - Calgary's metro-area population grew by nearly 96,000 people last year - a staggering six per cent increase in the span of just 12 months - according to new estimates from Statistics Canada.

Edmonton, meanwhile, added more than 63,000 people, marking a 4.2 per cent increase.

That's the largest year-over-year increase for both cities in the modern Statistics Canada records, which date back to 2001. Alberta's recent population boom has been well documented, but these new figures provide a clearer picture of just how many more people are now living in its two largest metropolitan areas.

There were 1.68 million people living in Calgary and the surrounding area as of July 1, 2023, according to these latest estimates, up from 1.59 million the year before. The Edmonton metro area grew to 1.56 million, up from 1.5 million.

Both cities have seen rapid population gains in the past but nothing like this in recent memory. Calgary's growth rate of six per cent far exceeds its previous high of 3.5 per cent in 2006. And Edmonton's 4.2 per cent growth bested its 2014 high mark by a full percentage point.
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