Red Deer is home to 101,002 residents according to the 2019 municipal census, which wrapped up this month.
The census ran from April 1 until May 30, 2019, with enumerators counting every household in Red Deer.
“City Council evaluates the need for a municipal census annually as part of its budget process. The municipal census helps The City plan for growth and development, and gives us an opportunity to better understand and address the needs of our community,” said Frieda McDougall, City Clerk.
Census is a snapshot of a community’s population at one point in time. Keeping an accurate count of Red Deer’s population helps ensure The City receives its fair share of grant funding from the provincial and federal governments. This money is used to support growth, programs, and services in the community. For 2019, The City estimates it will receive approximately $249.47 per person in grant funding.
“Maintaining a population of over 100,000 is an indicator of a return to growth stability for our city after a net population loss in 2016,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “Over the last number of years, our local economy has been substantially impacted by the provincial recession, largely as a consequence of the decline in the energy sector, but as the third largest region in the province central on the QEII corridor, we continue to serve as central Alberta’s primary trade and service centre.”
The last municipal census was taken in 2016, and Red Deer’s population was 99,832. The City will release a full census report, with detailed demographics, by the end of July 2019.
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