Census reveals Edmonton’s population has topped 972,000

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Edmonton’s population has topped 972,000
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.

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.

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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“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

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.

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. Courtesy: City of Edmonton

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