Demographics

According to the most recent Statistics Canada Census, the population of the Calgary Region was 1,186,756 in 2006 or 36.1% of Alberta’s total population.  This was a 13.8% increase from the Census estimate of 2001 and a 32.3% increase from the 1996 Census estimate. The Census indicates that, on average, the Calgary region’s population is similar to the provincial average. Although, the slightly smaller cohort in the current prime working age group may be faced with some challenges, as they are increasingly required to sustain the larger cohort of the retiring age group through higher productivity levels.

Age Pyramid of Population: Calgary vs Alberta 

  1. See below paragraph about the under-coverage problems of Census population estimates
  2. Dependency Ratio: The percentage of the population below the age of 15(Child) and over the age of 64 (Elderly) divided by the number of adults (15-64). This is the population of children and elderly that are dependent on the adult population for economic needs.
  3. Old Age Dependency Ratio: The percentage of the population over the age of 64 (Elderly) divided by the number of adults (15-64). This is the population that is dependent on the adult population for economic needs.

Under-coverage problems of Census population estimates

Although the Census provides the most detailed and accurate information at a single point in time on the demographic, social and economic conditions of the population, the Census under-estimates the overall population totals for any region as some people are not counted.  The reasons for this under-coverage can range from some households not receiving a census questionnaire to individuals not being included in the questionnaire completed for a household. Therefore, the below presented post-censal estimates should be used as the official population estimates for the region.  

Population Estimates - Calgary Region

According to the post-censal estimates, the region’s population increased by 129,900 or 10.5% between 2006 and 2010, compared with 8.8% growth at the provincial level.  The region’s share of Alberta’s population grew to 36.7% in 2010.