Languages

Calgarians have identified close to 140 languages that are spoken as their mother tongue. View statistics on the highest percentage mother tongue languages in Calgary. 

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

Calgary Census Metropolitan Area, 2016

    Distribution (%)
Total population 1,381,340 100.00
English only 1,249,525 90.5
French only 1,270 0.1
Both English and French 100,425 7.3
Neither English nor French 30,125 2.2

Source: Census 2016, Statistics Canada

Calgary Census Metropolitan Area, 2016

    Distribution (%)
Total population 1,381,345 100.0
 Single responses 1,341,085 97.1
 English 937,055 67.8
 French 20,715 1.5
Non-official languages 383,320 27.7
 Tagalog (Pilipino; Filipino) 40,960 3.0
 Punjabi (Punujabi) 38,840 2.8
 Cantonese 34,235 2.5
 Mandarin 28,740 2.1
 Spanish 28,685 2.1
 Arabic 18,960 1.4
 Urdu 16,925 1.2
 Vietnamese 13,540 1.0
 German 11,870 0.9
 Persian (Farsi) 9,730 0.7
 Russian 9,555 0.7
 Korean 9,220 0.7
 Hindi 7,390 0.5
 Italian 5,430 0.4
 Romanian 4,795 0.3
 Dutch 4,040 0.3
 Aboriginal 800 0.1
Multiple responses 40,255 2.9
 English and French 3,600 0.3
 English and non-official language 34,805 2.5
 French and non-official language 1,060 0.1
 English, French and non-official language 795 0.1

Source: Census 2016, Statistics Canada

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