Municipal Census

The 2020 Census has been postponed until further notice to ensure the safety of residents and staff, and to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As such, applications will no longer be accepted at City Hall from March 18-20.

A census is an official count of the number of people living in a community. This data is gathered to determine the population and assist in planning the future of our community.

2020 Census

The Census provides an official count of the number of people living in Red Deer. In addition to establishing current population, it helps us understand community needs as we plan for future growth and development. The 2020 Census has been temporarily postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Further information will be shared once the census has been rescheduled.

What we are asking

This year, we are asking:

  • Total number of residents in a dwelling?
  • What gender does the resident identify as?
  • What is this resident's year of birth?
  • Does this resident live here temporarily because they do not have any usual housing arrangements of their own or their usual housing arrangements are unsafe to return to, and have nowhere else to go due to lack of money or choice? If yes, how long has this resident been staying at this dwelling?

Enumerator Positions

We will need Enumerators to help carry out the Census. More information will be made available once a new Census date has been confirmed.


How To Participate

  • Residents are encouraged to fill out the census online between April 1 and May 4. A security access code will be mailed to you before April 6 which you can use to access your online census form.
  • All residents that fill out the census online can also enter to win one of two $150 Visa gift cards! Simply enter in your information when prompted at the end of the online census form. 
  • Residents are able to call the Census Office at 403-342-8317 starting April 1.
  • All residents that complete their census by phone can also enter to win one of two $150 Visa gift cards!
Enumerators Collecting Information
  • Starting April 16, enumerators will begin knocking on the doors of residents who did not participate in the online option.
  • Enumerators will spend approximately three weeks going around Red Deer to collect responses; some enumerators will be using tablets to collect the data.

2019 Census Results

Red Deer's population is 101,002.

The 2019 municipal census was conducted between April 1 and May 31. Your participation in the census helps to ensure The City of Red Deer receives its fair share of grant funding, which is important to support growth and services in our community. For 2019, it is estimated that The City will receive approximately $249.47 per person in federal and provincial grants, based on the number of people counted in the census. The municipal census helps The City plan for growth and development, and give us an opportunity to better understand and address the needs of our community.

Final Report

2019 Census Results - Official Report (pdf)

If you would like more information about The City of Red Deer census, contact Legislative Services.

Past Census Results

View census results from 2008-2016.