Calgary is a young city, and it’s not getting much older.

As the city’s population grows over the next few years, the proportion of toddlers and preschoolers is expected to stay about the same, teenagers will decline slightly, while the ratio of seniors is set to increase.

But most Calgarians (an estimated 47.7 per cent for Calgary CMA) will still be between the ages of 25 and 54. The median age is a very young 36.4 years (2016).

Learn about Calgary’s growing population, including current, historic and forecast projections.

Calgary Demographics

Population by 5-Year Cohort

AGE GROUP20162017201820192020202120222023
0-4 108,800 108,700 109,000 108,700 107,800 106,400 105,700 105,400
5-9 98,500 100,900 102,700 104,000 105,600 108,100 109,100 109,700
10-14 87,500 89,100 91,500 94,800 98,200 101,000 104,500 107,400
15-19 88,100 86,900 85,900 86,300 88,200 90,900 94,100 98,400
20-24 99,000 96,600 94.300 93,300 93,600 94,600 96,400 98,500
25-29 120,200 116,000 111,900 109,500 107,900 107,100 108,800 111,000
30-34 135,900 135,200 133,000 130,200 128,000 126,500 125,700 125,700
35-39 134,200 135,300 136,300 138,000 139,700 140,300 142,200 143,000
40-44 123,800 124,600 126,100 128,800 132,400 136,900 139,800 143,000
45-49 107,600 111,700 115,600 118,700 121,700 124,900 126,700 129,600
50-54 109,100 101,900 106,600 105,800 105,900 107,300 111,900 116,500
55-59 99,000 101,600 103,400 105,300 106,800 107,300 106,400 105,500
60-64 76,800 81,500 86,200 90,000 93,400 96,200 98,800 100,800
65-69 61,300 64,100 65,000 66,900 70,100 73,500 78,100 82,900
70-74 39,600 42,000 46,100 49,900 53,300 57,000 59,700 60,900
75-79 26,300 27,600 28,900 30,800 33,000 35,200 37,400 41,300
80-84 19,800 19,900 20,100 20,300 20,800 21,400 22,700 23,900
85-89 12,700 12,900 13,100 13,300 13,400 13,600 13,800 14,100
90-99 6,500 7,100 7,500 8,100 8,700 9,300 9,900 10,500
100+ 200 200 200 200 300 300 400 500
Total 1,554,200 1,569,500 1,583,300 1,603,100 1,628,700 1,657,500 1,692,000 1,728,500

Source: The City of Calgary, Calgary and Region Economic Outlook: 2017-2022, Spring 2017

YEAR

POPULATION
PERSONS

ANNUAL POPULATION GROWTH RATE
PER CENT

1996 904,000 2.4%
1997 934,300 3.4%
1998 968,500 3.7%
1999 995,800 2.8%
2000 1,022,000 2.6%
2001 1,049,059 2.6%
2002 1,081,450 3.1%
2003 1,105,613 2.2%
2004 1,131,524 2.3%
2005 1,169,252 3.3%
2006 1,208,763 3.4%
2007 1,242,201 2.8%
2008 1,277,147 2.8%
2009 1,313,916 2.9%
2010 1,338,030 1.8%
2011 1,363,607 1.9%
2012 1,405,719 3.1%
2013 1,456,794 3.6%
2014 1,505,796 3.4%
2015 1,539,028 2.2%
2016 1,554,200 1.0%
2017 1,569,500 1.0%
2018 1,583,300 0.9%
2019 1,603,100 1.3%
2020 1,628,700 1.6%
2021 1,657,500 1.8%
2022 1,692,000 2.1%
2023 1,728,500 2.2%

Source: Statistics Canada; The City of Calgary, Calgary and Region Economic Outlook 2017-2022, Spring 2017

CENSUS METROPOLITAN AREAAGE
Vancouver 40.1
Edmonton 36.0
Calgary 36.4
Toronto 38.8
Ottawa 39.1
Montreal 39.9
Canada 40.6

Source: Annual Demographic Estimates, Statistics Canada, 2016

 

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