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Grande Prairie Population Continues To Soar
Posted Date: 8/13/2015 11:00 AM

Census 2015We keep growing and growing and growing!

There are now 68,556 Grande Prairie residents, according to 2015 Municipal Census statistics released today. (See Backgrounder for more in-depth details)

That’s a 36.49 per cent increase from the last remuneration conducted by the City in 2007. At that time, Grande Prairie had 50,227 citizens. The 2011 Federal Census pegged the city’s population at 55,032.

Fifth in Alberta

Grande Prairie is now the fifth largest city in Alberta, behind Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer and Lethbridge, having surpassed St. Albert and Medicine Hat.

Beyond Expectations

“This total shows that Grande Prairie is a place where people from across Canada and around the world continue to choose,” says Mayor Bill Given.

The 2008 Growth Study produced to prepare for annexation negotiations with the County of Grande Prairie anticipated a base scenario of 59,945 residents by this year and 60,997 as an outside possibility.

“This demonstrates our needs where it comes to the annexation discussion,” says Mayor Given.

“In fact, the population increase emphasizes just how much the additional land will be required – and even sooner than we anticipated. The growth outpaced the highest scenario.”

The new population mark would mean an increase of about $2.7 million in additional per capita government funding.

Key Stats

    • Residents under age 45 comprise largest portion of population – 66.38% 
    • Largest single age group is 30-34, accounting for 10.47% of population 
    • 64.5% or 44,255 residents are 20 years or older 
    • Total number of dwelling units – 30,937, up 11,045 units from 2007 
    • Gender distribution: 45% were male, 43% female (of those responding)

Backgrounder

Neighbourhood Impact

• Significant growth occurred in the neighbourhood developments of Cornerstone, Crystal Heights, Creekside, Cobblestone, Lakeland, Northridge, O’Brien Lake, Pinnacle Ridge, Royal Oaks, and Westpointe.

Municipal Growth Comparisons

• Grande Prairie’s population has more than doubled since 1994, growing from 29,242 to 68,556 – an average annual growth rate of 4.14%, an increase of 134%
• St. Albert had 44,195 residents in 1994, compared with 63,255 in 2015, up 43%
• Red Deer has grown from 59,826 citizens to 100,807 over that time, an increase of 68.5%
• Lethbridge’s population has increased from 64,938 to 94,804, rising 46%
• Medicine Hat’s population rose from 45,892 to 63,018, an increase of 37%

Residency Status

• 52,387 respondents indicated Citizenship by birth
• 11,800 gave no response
• 2,149 are permanent residents
• 1,246 stated acquired citizenship
• 577 are temporary foreign workers
• 328 are in Grande Prairie on a Visa

Census Participation

• Completed online – 6,724 – 21.73%
• By Enumerators – 21,781 – 70.4%
• By Administrators – 2,426 – 7.84%

Age Distribution

• 20-44 age group : 41.9
• 19 and under : 24.8
• 45 and older : 22.64

Online Voting Interest

• 27,301 residents indicated they would vote online in the 2017 municipal election
• 8,394 said no

Purpose of Census

A census is conducted to determine the needs of residents. It provides important data for housing policies, police services, libraries and social programs. It also helps to plan programs and facilities for schools, recreation centres, senior citizens, as well as establishing transportation networks and servicing, fire protection facilities and services, parks and utilities planning.

On March 24, 2014, Council voted to conduct a biannual Census, starting this year.