List of population centres in Alberta

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Population centre, in Canadian census data, is a populated place, or a cluster of interrelated populated places, which meet the demographic characteristics of an urban area. A population centre has a population of at least 1,000 and a population density of no fewer than 400 people per square km2.[1]

The term was first introduced in the Canada 2011 Census; prior to that, Statistics Canada used the term urban area.[1]

As of the 2006 Census of Canada, the Province of Alberta had 107 urban areas[2] with a cumulative population of 2,699,851 and an average population of 25,232. In the 2011 census, Statistics Canada listed 109 population centres in the province.[3]

List of population centres[edit]

The below table is a list of those population centres in Alberta from the 2011 census as designated, named, and delineated by Statistics Canada.[4]

Rank Population centre Size group Population in 2011  Population in 2006  Notes from 2006 census
1 Calgary Large urban 1,095,404 988,079 Urban area did not include entire city limits, but did include a portion of the former Hamlet of Shepard[5][6] (since annexed to Calgary).[7]
2 Edmonton Large urban 960,015 862,544 Urban area included:[8]
3 Red Deer Medium 90,207 82,732  
4 Lethbridge Medium 83,679 74,870 Urban area included the Hamlet of Fairview.[9][10]
5 Medicine Hat Medium 65,671 62,203 Urban area included the Town of Redcliff and the Hamlet of Veinerville.[11]
6 Fort McMurray Medium 61,374 47,705 Urban area did not include entire urban service area.[12] Urban area named "Wood Buffalo" prior to 2006 census.[13]
7 Grande Prairie Medium 54,913 47,066 Urban area did not include entire city limits.[14]
8 Airdrie Medium 42,564 28,927 Urban area did not include entire city limits.[5]
9 Spruce Grove Small 27,947 21,092 Urban area did not include entire city limits, but included Lakeland Village and other portions of Parkland County.[8]
10 Okotoks Small 24,511 17,150  
11 Leduc Small 24,279 16,967  
12 Lloydminster (Alberta part) Small 18,032 15,910 Population for the Saskatchewan portion was 8,118 within 13.34 km2 for a combined urban area population of 24,028 within 41.53 km2.[15]
13 Camrose Small 17,226 15,605  
14 Cochrane Small 16,841 13,491 Urban area did not include entire town limits.[5]
15 Chestermere Small 14,363 9,564  
16 Stony Plain Small 13,882 11,355 Urban area did not include entire town limits.[8]
17 Brooks Small 13,818 12,579 Urban area included a portion of the County of Newell.[16]
18 Grand Centre Small 13,714 11,855 Named for the former Town of Grand Centre, the Grand Centre urban area applies to a portion of the City of Cold Lake.[17]
19 Beaumont Small 13,284 8,961  
20 High River Small 12,920 10,716 Urban area included a portion of the Municipal District of Foothills No. 31.[6]
21 Sylvan Lake Small 12,762 10,703 Urban area included the summer villages of Jarvis Bay and Norglenwold.[6]
22 Wetaskiwin Small 12,525 11,689  
23 Strathmore Small 12,216 10,220  
24 Lacombe Small 11,707 10,752 Urban area included a portion of Lacombe County.[6]
25 Canmore Small 10,539 10,884 Urban area did not include entire town limits.[18]
26 Morinville Small 9,849 8,007 Urban area included the Hamlet of Cardiff and other lands within Sturgeon County.[8]
27 Hinton Small 9,640 9,738  
28 Whitecourt Small 9,595 8,971 Urban area did not include entire town limits.[19]
29 Edson Small 8,475 8,098  
30 Olds Small 8,235 7,253  
31 Taber Small 8,199 7,677 Urban area included a portion of the Hamlet of Johnson's Addition.[6]
32 Innisfail Small 7,876 7,331  
33 Banff Small 7,584 6,700  
34 Coaldale Small 7,493 6,177  
35 Drayton Valley Small 7,049 6,893  
36 Rocky Mountain House Small 6,933 6,874  
37 Slave Lake Small 6,792 6,703  
38 Ponoka Small 6,773 6,591 Urban area included a portion of Ponoka County.[6]
39 Drumheller Small 6,723 6,544 Urban area did not include entire town limits.[20]
40 Devon Small 6,510 6,261  
41 Blackfalds Small 6,300 4,618  
42 Bonnyville Small 6,216 5,832  
43 Wainwright Small 5,925 5,426  
44 Stettler Small 5,779 5,445 Urban area included a portion of the County of Stettler No. 6.[6]
45 Vegreville Small 5,717 5,519  
46 St. Paul Small 5,400 5,106  
47 Didsbury Small 4,876 4,275  
48 Westlock Small 4,823 5,008  
49 Black Diamond Small 4,545 3,813 Urban area included the Town of Turner Valley and an intervening portion of the Municipal District of Foothills No. 31.[6]
50 Barrhead Small 4,432 4,209  
51 Peace River Small 4,252 4,430 Urban area did not include entire town limits.[21]
52 Grande Cache Small 4,103 3,690 Urban area did not include entire town limits.[22]
53 Vermilion Small 3,930 4,036  
54 Claresholm Small 3,758 3,700  
55 Raymond Small 3,743 3,225  
56 Pincher Creek Small 3,685 3,625  
57 High Level Small 3,641 3,887  
58 Cardston Small 3,580 3,452  
59 Jasper Small 3,560 3,673 Urban area did not include entire Jasper townsite.[6][23]
60 Carstairs Small 3,442 2,699  
61 Langdon Small 3,403 2,380 Urban area did not include entire hamlet.[5][24] Urban area named "Rocky View" prior to 2006 census.[13]
62 Three Hills Small 3,198 3,160 Urban area included a portion of Kneehill County.[6]
63 Fairview Small 3,162 3,297  
64 Gibbons Small 3,030 2,642  
65 Fort Macleod Small 3,021 2,982 Urban area did not include entire town limits.[25]
66 Athabasca Small 2,990 2,580  
67 Crossfield Small 2,853 2,668  
68 Hanna Small 2,673 2,847  
69 High Prairie Small 2,666 2,785  
70 Sundre Small 2,610 2,540 Urban area included a portion of Mountain View County.[6]
71 Lac la Biche Small 2,544 2,758  
72 Grimshaw Small 2,515 2,537  
73 Sexsmith Small 2,393 1,959  
74 Rimbey Small 2,378 2,252  
75 Penhold Small 2,375 1,971  
76 Beaverlodge Small 2,365 2,264  
77 Magrath Small 2,217 2,081  
78 Tofield Small 2,182 1,876  
79 Nanton Small 2,132 2,055  
80 Millet Small 2,092 2,068  
81 Provost Small 2,041 2,072  
82 Bow Island Small 2,025 1,790  
83 Calmar Small 1,970 1,959  
84 Fox Creek Small 1,969 2,278  
85 Coalhurst Small 1,963 1,523  
86 Redwater Small 1,895 2,192  
87 La Crète Small 1,885 1,488 Urban area did not include entire hamlet.[6][26]
88 Vulcan Small 1,836 1,940  
89 Valleyview Small 1,761 1,725  
90 Lamont Small 1,753 1,669  
91 Blairmore Small 1,723 1,830 Alberta Municipal Affairs published a 2006 federal census population of 2,088 for Blairmore.[27]
92 Clairmont Small 1,652 2,012 Urban area did not include entire hamlet.[14][28]
93 Picture Butte Small 1,650 1,592  
94 Bon Accord Small 1,488 1,534  
95 Swan Hills Small 1,460 1,645  
96 Elk Point Small 1,412 1,487  
97 Mayerthorpe Small 1,398 1,474  
98 Wembley Small 1,383 1,443  
99 Two Hills Small 1,379 1,047  
100 Bassano Small 1,282 1,345  
101 Bowden Small 1,241 1,210  
102 Manning Small 1,164 1,493  
103 Irricana Small 1,162 1,243  
104 Eckville Small 1,125 951  
105 Trochu Small 1,072 1,005  
106 Viking Small 1,041 1,085  
107 Spirit River Small 1,025 1,148  
108 Smoky Lake Small 1,022 1,010  
109 Nobleford Small 1,000 689  

Retired urban areas[edit]

The following is a list of communities were once designated as urban areas by Statistics Canada, but were retired after their populations dropped below 1,000 people. Some of them have since surpassed the minimum population threshold of 1,000 yet have not been reintroduced as population centres.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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