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Census reveals Edmonton’s population has topped 972,000

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WATCH ABOVE: Edmonton's population has surpassed 972,000. Census data released Thursday shows a population jump of more than 72,000 since the 2016 census. Vinesh Pratap reports. – Sep 5, 2019

The 2019 Census has found Edmonton’s population now sits at 972,223. The city is projected to reach one million by the end of 2020.

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The results were calculated as of April 1, which means the city has grown at a rate of 2.6 per cent per year since the last census in 2016.

In the last three years, the number of Edmonton residents has gone up 72,776.

READ MORE: Edmonton’s 2019 census to launch April 1

More than half the city’s population is under the age of 39, which makes Edmonton young by Canadian standards. The largest population segment is between 30 and 39 years old.

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“This is a great sign for Edmonton,” Mayor Don Iveson said.

“Edmonton’s growing and young population presents a number of economic benefits for our city. It speaks to our vibrancy and strengthens our local business community’s ability to attract and retain new investment.”

Watch below (Feb. 8, 2017): New federal census data show the Edmonton region’s population jumped nearly 14 per cent from 2011 to 2016. Vinesh Pratap takes a closer look.

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Census shows metro Edmonton is over 1.3 million – Feb 8, 2017

Edmonton’s actual population is likely higher than 972,223 — closer to 992,812 — when accounting for residents who didn’t complete the census questionnaire.

READ MORE: Edmonton sees growth in population, disposable income, new housing inventory: CMHC

If the current trend continues, Edmonton’s population will likely surpass two million within the next 30 years.

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Edmonton Census 2019, by age, ward.
Edmonton Census 2019, by age, ward. Courtesy: City of Edmonton