Edmonton now home to 899,447 people, municipal census shows

The city's first paperless census shows the population grew by 2.5 per cent over the last two years, greater than the national average of two per cent.

'Compared with the rest of the province, we’re doing well,' mayor says of growth figures

Edmonton's current population is 899,447, with 26 per cent of new Edmontonians arriving from outside Canada. 0:38

Edmonton's population reached 899,447 as of April 1, according to the latest municipal census data.

The city's first paperless census shows the population grew by 2.5 per cent over the last two years, greater than the national average of two per cent.

The total population was a few thousand shy of the anticipated growth, which had been projected at just over 907,000.

"Edmonton is continuing to prove to be relatively resilient," Mayor Don Iveson said Wednesday. He pointed to the economic downturn, which has slowed growth overall in Canada, and called the numbers "moderate" but encouraging.

"Would we like faster growth? Would we like stronger investment? Absolutely," he said.

"But compared with the rest of the province, we're doing well."

Edmonton continues to see large numbers of new people moving here from elsewhere in Alberta — and from outside of Canada.

A full 26 per cent of new arrivals to Edmonton in the past year came from outside Canada, second only to the percentage of people who came from elsewhere in Alberta — 45 per cent.

Most of the new people are moving to neighbourhoods in the south and southwest, with the strongest growth in neighbourhoods such as Walker, Laurel, Summerside, Chappelle, Windermere and McConachie.

Edmonton's population grew by 7.4 per cent during the lead-up to the last census, during the "boom" years from 2012 to 2014.