The 2016 Red Deer Municipal Census results were released today and show a slight population decrease of one per cent compared to 2015.
According to the 2016 municipal census, conducted between April 1 and May 9, 2016, Red Deer’s population is 99,832, a decrease of 975 people from 2015. Although Red Deer’s population is now just under 100,000 people, Red Deer remains Alberta’s third largest city.
“While the reasons people may leave a community are complex, we know that Alberta’s current economic situation is likely a factor,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “As Alberta’s third largest city, we are strongly committed to the role we play as a regional hub on the QEII corridor and to competitively position ourselves for new development and population in both our province and region. This year’s slight decline highlights our need to continue to pursue strategic economic development initiatives for our community such as polytechnic status for Red Deer College.”
The 2016 Census indicates that despite the slight population decline, 32 per cent of census zones saw a population increase. Vanier Woods and Timberlands experienced the largest growth, with 583 and 381 new residents in each neighbourhood respectively.
“There are varying methodologies between municipalities in how census data is collected, such as the inclusion of students and temporary workers. Only permanent residents are counted in Red Deer’s Municipal Census as grant funding is based only on this population count. We saw an increase in the amount of money received per permanent resident from $185 per person last year, to $236.34 this year,” said Frieda McDougall, Legislative Services Manager.
“Last year we commemorated Red Deer reaching the 100,000 mark for the first time with a plaque and naming of our 100,000 citizen. Despite the slight dip in permanent residents in the city for 2016, this commemoration remains a significant milestone in our community history,” said Veer.
The City of Red Deer thanks all citizens for their participation in this year’s census. To read the full report, visit reddeer.ca/census.
For more information contact:
Legislative Services Department
The City of Red Deer
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer