Edmonton's population grows to near 880K, census shows
People between 20-39 make up largest age group in city
The latest municipal census shows that, once again, Edmonton’s population is growing.
Edmonton’s population has grown by more than 60,000 over the past two years, according to the municipal census conducted earlier this year.
The city’s population now sits at 877,926, a 7.4 per cent increase since 2012.
Mayor Don Iveson said this growth is significant.
"That is the equivalent of adding the city the size of roughly St. Albert in two years," Iveson said. "In the last five years, our population has grown by a total of nearly 100,000. This underlines the fact that Edmonton continues to be an attractive place."
The census also showed that Edmonton has a young population, with the largest age group comprising of people between the ages of 20 and 39.
The city’s chief economist John Rose said in a news release that this puts Edmonton in a “very good labour-force position.”
“The momentum of a growing population makes the city’s economy less vulnerable to external shocks,” Rose said. “The census shows an increase in the number of young families, another major economic driver.”