July 22, 2014 1:39 pm

2014 Calgary census reveals fastest growing community

CALGARY – The city’s latest census shows a neighbourhood in the northeast is the fastest growing community in Calgary, while communities devastated by the June 2013 are struggling to recover.

The City of Calgary released the results of the 2014 Civic Census on Tuesday. It found Saddleridge is year’s leader in growth with a population increase of 2,373.

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There were seven additional communities that experienced growth of more than 1,000 residents, including: Auburn Bay (2,242), Cranston (1,858), Skyview Ranch (1,759), Panorama Hills (1.384), Aspen Woods (1,095) and Beltline (1,091).

The city’s overall population reached 1,195,194, thanks to an increase of 38,508 residents from the previous year when the Civic Census showed the city’s population was 1,156,686.

“Now we’re seeing about 58 per cent of growth happening in new neighbourhoods, and about 42 per cent happening in existing neighbourhoods, which is a huge shift,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “It used to be up to 125 per cent of growth happening in brand new neighbourhoods, and negative 25 in existing neighbourhoods.”

Roxboro, which was badly damaged during the flood, lost a whopping 40 per cent of its residents. Neighbouring Rideau Park dropped 23 per cent, while Elbow Park lost 10 per cent of residents.

The number of vacant units in Calgary continued to decrease, falling to 9,315, compared to 11,782 in 2013. Vacant dwelling units are defined as units that are suitable and available for occupancy, excluding those units under construction or renovation.

The overall vacancy rate in the city is 2.01%, down from 2.59% in 2013.

Data for the 2014 Civic Census was collected in the period from April 2013 to April 2014.

CLICK HERE for 2014 Civic Census results

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