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

The median age of Calgarians is a young 36.9 years (Annual Demographic Estimates, Statistics Canada, 2019).

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 36.4
Calgary 36.9
Toronto 38.6
Ottawa 39.6
Montreal 40.3
Canada 40.8

Source: Annual Demographic Estimates, Statistics Canada, 2019

 

Learn about the projected population distribution of the Calgary Economic Region in The City of Calgary's Calgary and Region Economic Outlook 2019-2024 Spring 2019 report.

YEAR

POPULATION ESTIMATE
(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 1,208,971 3.4%
2007 1,243,482 2.9%
2008 1,279,058 2.9%
2009 1,315,602 2.9%
2010 1,338,281 1.7%
2011 1,362,948 1.8%
2012 1,401,849 2.9%
2013 1,448,415 3.3%
2014 1,492,108 3.0%
2015 1,520,783 1.9%
2016 1,547,231 1.7%
2017 1,568,744 1.4%
2018 (Est.) 1,560,600 2.0%
Forecast Forecast Forecast
2019 1,599,900 2.5%
2020 1,635,000 2.2%
2021 1,662,700 1.7%
2022 1,695,200 2.0%
2023 1,731,200 2.1%
2024 1,761,100 1.7%
2025 1,785,000 1.4%


Sources:

• Table 5, Calgary Economic Region Population Estimates and Projections 2018-2025, Calgary and Region Economic Outlook 2019-2024, Spring 2019
• Table 17-10-0137-01,  Population Estimates, July 1, by Economic Region, Census 2016 Boundaries, 2006-2017, Statistics Canada
• Table 17-10-0081-01 (formerly CANSIM 051-0059), Annual Population Estimates 1996-2005, Statistics Canada

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