The hamlet was settled by workers of the Kavanagh block of the Canadian National Railway and was named for Charles Edmund Kavanagh, railway superintendent. The grain elevators have since closed and been relocated.
As a designated place in the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Kavanagh recorded a population of 47 living in 20 of its 21 total private dwellings, a change of −9.6% from its 2011 population of 52. With a land area of 0.33 km2 (0.13 sq mi), it had a population density of 142.4/km2 (368.9/sq mi) in 2016.
The population of Kavanagh according to Leduc County's 2005 municipal census is 38.
- Alberta Municipal Affairs (2010-04-01). "Specialized and Rural Municipalities and Their Communities" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-02-29. Retrieved 2010-06-29.
- Alberta Municipal Affairs (1980-01-05). "Ministerial Order 10/80" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-04-01.
- "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and designated places, 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 13, 2017.
- Leduc County. "Leduc County Census 2005". Archived from the original on June 29, 2006. Retrieved March 6, 2013.
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