Results of the 2016 census are in and Alberta’s newest city continues to be a thriving, desirable community. Chestermere saw a population increase of 6.6% over the last year, resulting in a new population count of 19,715.
"Chestermere is an awesome place to call home and it appears that word of that is still spreading. Welcome to all those new residents who have joined our wonderful community,” said Mayor Patricia Matthews.
The census concluded on June 17 and recorded 1,219 new residents calling Chestermere home. Of census results announced, Chestermere has the second highest growth rate in the province, surpassed only by the Town of Cochrane.
As the 15th largest urban municipality in Alberta, Chestermere continues to be an attractive community for its prime location, dynamic lakeside lifestyle and friendly neighbourhoods. Even in the midst of economic uncertainty, the population and average housing prices continue to increase in this oasis community.
In addition to the population count, the census also collected demographic information which indicated consistency with previous years’ data. Chestermere’s statistics show that there is an equal split between men and women in the City, 50% of residents are between the ages of 25-60, and more than 75% of residents live in a single detached home. Known to be a great place to raise a family, the number of residents under the age of 30 remained at 30%.
Perhaps a testament to the youthful nature of the community, Chestermere has the highest online census participation rates in Alberta. Over 62% of households chose to complete their census electronically, a cost reduction trend the City hopes will continue in the coming years. Census takers diligently followed up with unresponsive homes to conclude with a 99.8% completion rate.
Chestermere conducts a census every year to collect demographic information on the community to assist with provincial grant funding for City services and programs, and future growth.
For more information and the full report, visit www.chestermere.ca/census.