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According to Statistics Canada, Saskatoon had the second highest growth rate in the country last year. (CBC)

A new study from Statistics Canada says Saskatoon and Regina are both in the top five in the country when it comes to population growth.

From July 2012 to July 2013, Saskatoon grew by 3.8 percent. That's almost four times the national average. Only Calgary showed a higher growth rate.

Regina's population continues to swell as well. That city posted a 3.0 percent growth rate, marking it as the fourth fastest growing city in the country.

According to Stats Canada estimates, Saskatoon and area contained 292,597 people, as of July 1st, 2013. Regina's population came in at 232,090.

Young cities

While Saskatchewan was once known for having a "greying" population, that trend seems to be reversing itself.

The Statistics Canada study lists Saskatoon and Regina as having some of the youngest people in the country.

The study says 11 percent of people in Saskatoon are 65 years or older, 12 percent in Regina. Those numbers place both cities as the top five youngest cities in Canada.


Replay the Saskatoon Morning live chat that looked at the positive and negative aspects that go along with the growth of the city.