Ethnic Origin

Calgary is home to more than 240 different ethnic origins, and is ranked third in proportion of visible minorities in Canada. View population data by selected ethnic origins based on the Canadian National Household Survey information. 

Calgary Census Metropolitan Area, 2011

Ethnic Origin Group Number Distribution (%)
Total population 1,199,125 100.0
English 289,280 24.1
Canadian 239,365 20.0
Scottish 221,765 18.5
German 185,990 15.5
Irish 183,985 15.3
French 111,895 9.3
Chinese 86,205 7.2
Ukrainian 81,660 6.8
East Indian 66,640 5.6
Filipino 52,645 4.4
Polish 50,905 4.2
Dutch 50,085 4.2
Norwegian 37,455 3.1
Italian 36,875 3.1
Russian 34,245 2.9
British Isles origins not included elsewhere 31,105 2.6
First Nations (North American Indian) 28,390 2.4
Swedish 26,075 2.2
Welsh 24,805 2.1
American 22,560 1.9
Hungarian 19,990 1.7
Metis 18,995 1.6
Vietnamese 18,430 1.5
Spanish 18,225 1.5
Danish 17,130 1.4
Austrian 12,230 1.0
Lebanese 11,580 1.0
Romanian 10,645 0.9
Pakistani 10,540 0.9
Korean 8,890 0.7
Jewish 7,560 0.6
Swiss 6,895 0.6
Czech 6,755 0.6
Portuguese 6,705 0.6
Icelandic 5,840 0.5
Greek 5,620 0.5
Belgian 5,420 0.5

Source: Statistics Canada, 2011 National Household Survey

Visible minority group Number Distribution (%)
Total population Calgary CMA 1,199,125 100.0
Total visible minority population 337,425 28.1
South Asian 84,870 7.1
Chinese 75,465 6.3
Filipino 49,515 4.1
Black 32,985 2.8
Southeast Asian 21,370 1.8
Latin American 20,595 1.7
Arab 17,245 1.4
West Asian 11,395 0.7
Korean 8,520 0.7
Japanese 5,355 0.4
Visible minority, not included elsewhere 2,940 0.2
Multiple visible minority 9,680 0.8
Not a visible minority 861,700 71.9

Source: Statistics Canada, 2011 National Household Survey

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