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

The median age of Calgarians is a very young 36.4 years (Annual Demographic Estimates, Statistics Canada, 2016).

According to Census 2016 results, Calgary has the youngest population of major cities in Canada with 70.2 per cent of the population between the ages of 15 to 64. 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.

Learn about Census 2016 results for the Calgary Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) in our Calgary Census 2016 Infographic.

 

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

 

Learn about the projected population distribution of the Calgary Economic Region in The City of Calgary's Calgary and Region Economic Outlook 2017-2026 Fall 2017 report.

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 1,563,000 0.6%
2018 1,577,400 0.9%
2019 1,593,400 1.0%
2020 1,611,300 1.1%
2021 1,634,400 1.4%
2022 1,656,700 1.4%
2023 1,684,500 1.7%
2024 1,714,800 1.8%
2025 1,739,300 1.4%
2026 1,758,000 1.1%

Source: Statistics Canada; The City of Calgary, Calgary and Region Economic Outlook 2017-2026, Fall 2017

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