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] This number increased to 122 in the Canada 2016 Census.

List of population centres[edit]

The below table is a list of those population centres in Alberta from the 2016 census as designated, named, and delineated by Statistics Canada.[4]

Rank Population centre Size group Population in 2016  Population in 2011 
1 Calgary Large urban 1,237,656 1,094,379
2 Edmonton Large urban 1,062,643 935,361
3 Red Deer Medium 99,718 89,715
4 Lethbridge Medium 87,572 79,364
5 Fort McMurray Medium 66,573 60,555
6 Medicine Hat Medium 62,935 59,624
7 Grande Prairie Medium 62,320 55,236
8 Airdrie Medium 61,082 42,844
9 Spruce Grove Small 36,125 27,970
10 Leduc Small 29,556 23,827
11 Okotoks Small 28,833 24,470
12 Cochrane Small 25,289 17,433
13 Fort Saskatchewan Small 23,895 18,738
14 Lloydminster (Alberta part) Small 19,645 18,017
15 Chestermere Small 19,472 14,363
16 Camrose Small 18,520 17,057
17 Beaumont Small 17,396 13,284
16 Stony Plain Small 16,271 14,249
17 Sylvan Lake Small 14,942 12,436
18 Brooks Small 14,436 13,656
19 Strathmore Small 13,592 12,179
20 High River Small 13,420 12,498
21 Wetaskiwin Small 12,486 12,221
22 Lacombe Small 12,442 11,429
23 Canmore Small 11,764 10,539
24 Morinville Small 9,848 8,569
25 Whitecourt Small 9,515 9,053
26 Hinton Small 9,205 9,036
27 Olds Small 8,944 8,025
28 Blackfalds Small 8,749 6,123
29 Taber Small 8,199 7,677
30 Coaldale Small 8,153 7,239
31 Edson Small 8,148 8,214
32 Banff Small 7,851 7,854
33 Grand Centre Small 7,256 6,868
34 Innisfail Small 6,927 7,208
35 Ponoka Small 6,899 6,505
36 Drayton Valley Small 6,867 6,751
37 Cold Lake Small 6,678 6,131
38 Devon Small 6,578 6,515
39 Drumheller Small 6,439 6,582
40 Rocky Mountain House Small 6,429 6,687
41 Slave Lake Small 6,155 6,517
42 Wainwright Small 6,153 5,803
43 Stettler Small 5,862 5,397
44 St. Paul Small 5,728 5,337
45 Redcliff Small 5,474 5,546
46 Vegreville Small 5,436 5,440
47 Didsbury Small 5,222 4,905
48 Bonnyville Small 5,081 5,860
49 Langdon Small 5,060 4,211
50 Westlock Small 4,678 4,532
51 Barrhead Small 4,387 4,158
52 Jasper Small 3,948 3,489
53 Peace River Small 3,924 4,078
54 Vermilion Small 3,617 3,531
55 Raymond Small 3,533 3,594
56 Pincher Creek Small 3,523 3,572
57 Claresholm Small 3,424 3,378
58 Grande Cache Small 3,286 3,839
59 Cardston Small 3,258 3,283
60 Penhold Small 3,165 2,328
61 Carstairs Small 3,080 2,665
62 Three Hills Small 3,078 3,018
63 Crossfield Small 2,973 2,843
64 High Level Small 2,741 3,018
65 Fort Macleod Small 2,708 2,874
66 Gibbons Small 2,661 2,495
67 Coalhurst Small 2,623 1,930
68 Grimshaw Small 2,599 2,394
69 Fairview Small 2,598 2,767
70 Black Diamond Small 2,552 2,274
71 Sexsmith Small 2,461 2,358
72 Hanna Small 2,332 2,439
73 Beaverlodge Small 2,327 2,245
74 Lac la Biche Small 2,294 2,429
75 High Prairie Small 2,264 2,281
76 Turner Valley Small 2,249 1,967
77 Magrath Small 2,179 2,027
78 Rimbey Small 2,086 1,930
78 Heritage Pointe Small 2,075 2,041
79 Nanton Small 1,965 1,977
80 Provost Small 1,945 1,975
81 Clairmont Small 1,922 1,789
82 Millet Small 1,905 2,038
83 Sundre Small 1,866 1,799
84 La Crète Small 1,860 2,501
85 Tofield Small 1,854 1,924
86 Calmar Small 1,849 1,726
87 Bow Island Small 1,773 1,862
88 Fox Creek Small 1,720 1,770
89 Picture Butte Small 1,700 1,531
90 Vulcan Small 1,680 1,624
91 Redwater Small 1,591 1,440
92 Blairmore Small 1,545 1,521
93 Bon Accord Small 1,529 1,488
94 Wembley Small 1,516 1,373
95 Springbrook Small 1,502 1,079
96 Landcaster Park Small 1,501 1,534
97 Coleman Small 1,475 1,366
98 Elk Point Small 1,437 1,412
99 Valleyview Small 1,421 1,409
100 Westlake Small 1,363 373
101 Lamont Small 1,347 1,371
102 Nobleford Small 1,278 1,000
103 Swan Hills Small 1,275 1,413
104 Athabasca Small 1,250 1,314
105 Bowden Small 1,240 1,241
106 Vauxhall Small 1,222 1,288
107 Mayerthorpe Small 1,205 1,232
108 Alberta Beach Small 1,204 962
109 Two Hills Small 1,198 1,161
110 Bassano Small 1,196 1,200
111 Irricana Small 1,160 1,114
112 Legal Small 1,135 1,032
113 Eckville Small 1,085 1,089
114 Manning Small 1,072 1,065
115 Trochu Small 1,058 1,067
116 Viking Small 1,039 1,021
117 Falher Small 1,032 1,050
118 Bentley Small 1,027 944
119 Duchess Small 1,009 934

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]

  1. ^ a b "From urban areas to population centres". Statistics Canada, May 5, 2011.
  2. ^ "2006 Census Dictionary: Table 1, Geographic units by province and territory, 2006 Census". Statistics Canada. 2007-11-14. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  3. ^ Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and population centres, 2011 and 2006 censuses: Alberta. Statistics Canada.
  4. ^ "Population and dwelling counts highlight tables, 2016 census (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  5. ^ a b c "Table 2: Population Counts, for Urban Areas With Census Subdivisions, 1991 – 100% Data". 1991 Census. Urban Areas, Population and Dwelling Counts. Ottawa: Statistics Canada. 1992. 
  6. ^ "Population and Dwelling Counts and Population Rank, for Canada, Provinces and Territories, and Urban Areas, 2001 Census - 100% Data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  7. ^ "Table 14: Urban Areas With Census Subdivisions – Population, 1986". Census Canada 1986. Population and Dwelling Counts – Provinces and Territories, Alberta, Population. Ottawa: Statistics Canada. 1987. 
  8. ^ a b Cite error: The named reference 2016census was invoked but never defined (see the help page).