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. 

For a high level review of Calgary's demographic, download our Calgary Census 2016 Infographic.

Calgary Census Metropolitan Area, 2016

Select Ethnic Origin Group Number Distribution (%)
Total population 1,374,650 100.0
English 298,865 21.7
Canadian 275,950 20.1
Scottish 240,775 17.5
German 201,650 14.7
Irish 197,190 14.3
French 118,085 8.6
Chinese 104,620 7.6
Ukrainian 90,740 6.6
East Indian 90,625 6.6
Filipino 75,020 5.5
African 58,390 4.2
Polish 55,705 4.1
North American Aboriginal 55,430 4.0
Dutch 53,975 3.9
Italian 42,940 3.1
Norwegian 42,000 3.1
Russian 37,955 2.8
Welsh 27,270 2.0
Swedish 26,815 2.0
American 23,680 1.7
Spanish 22,255 1.6
Hungarian 22,045 1.6
Vietnamese 21,010 1.5
Danish 18,720 1.4
Pakistani 18,495 1.3
Austrian 14,490 1.1
Romanian 13,590 1.0
Korean 11,615 0.8
Portuguese 8,600 0.6
Mexican 8,460 0.6
Swiss 8,055 0.6
Japanese 7,705 0.6
Icelandic 7,605 0.6
Czech 6,755 0.6

Source: Census 2016, Statistics Canada

Visible Minority Group Number Distribution (%)
Total population Calgary CMA 1,374,650 100.0
Total visible minority population 463,450 33.7
South Asian 122,900 8.9
Chinese 89,670 6.5
Filipino 70,660 5.1
Black 54,195 3.9
Latin American 27,710 2.0
Arab 26,320 1.9
Southeast Asian 23,235 1.7
West Asian 12,805 0.9
Korean 10,995 0.8
Japanese 5,570 0.4
Visible minority, not included elsewhere 4,610 0.3
Multiple visible minority 14,780 1.1
Not a visible minority 911,200 66.3

Source: Census 2016, Statistics Canada

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