Census, Statistics and Demographics

A federal census is conducted once every five years and information is released by Statistics Canada. The census provides a detailed statistical portrait of Canada and its people by their demographic, social and economic characteristics.

2021 Federal Census data

Statistics Canada released population and dwelling data from the 2021 Census on February 9, 2022. Data for the city of Red Deer is as follows:

City of Red Deer: Population and Dwellings
2021 Population 100,844
2016 Population 100,418
Population percentage change, 2016 to 2021 0.4%
Total private dwellings 43,404
Private dwellings occupied by usual residents 40,512
Population density per square kilometre 966.5
Land area in square kilometres 104.34

Further census data will be released in stages over the course of the year. Statistics Canada confirms they have planned to release census data in seven stages from February to November of 2022, with the next release tentatively planned for April 27. Details of the planned release is available on their website.

Historical Information

Population History

Red Deer Population 2019 - 2000

YearPopulation% Increase
2019 101,002 1.2
2018 No census conducted
2017 No census conducted
2016 99,832 -1.0
2015 100,807 2.2
2014 98,585 1.5
2013 97,109 5.7
2012 No census conducted
2011 91,877 1.99
2010 90,084 0.2
2009 89,891 2.4 
2008 87,816  2.5 
2007 85,705 3.3
2006 82,971  4.9
2005 79,082 4.9
2004 75,923 4.5
2003 72,691 3.0
2002 70,593 3.4
2001 68,308 4.0
2000 65,701 2.8

Population History 1999 - 1898 (pdf)