While a bigger question might be what’s happened to population in the Calgary area since, the number of people living in the region grew 2.4 per cent in the year ended June 30, 2015, according to a new Statistics Canada estimate.
According to the federal agency’s latest population estimate, the growth rate in the Calgary region was second highest in the country, behind only Kelowna, which grew by 3.1 per cent.
The increase puts the population for the Calgary region at just shy of 1.44 million people — 1,439,756. But growth in the city apparently slowed — in each of the previous three years, Statistics Canada estimated growth of more than three per cent.
With continuing economic uncertainty and job losses in Calgary and Alberta since the end of June, that slowing trend could continue.
Among the country’s metropolitan areas, Statistics Canada said the senior population in the Calgary region was the smallest in the country, on a proportional basis, with just 10.4 per cent of residents aged 65 or older.