OTTAWA - New census data shows the population of Red Deer outpaced the national growth rate over the last five years.
Statistics Canada released the first batch of numbers from the 2016 census on Wednesday and the population of Red Deer increased by 10.9 per cent since the last census in 2011.
The city's growth rate was above the national growth rate of 5.0 per cent, while the population of Alberta increased by 11.6 per cent.
When the 2016 census was taken last May, the population of Red Deer was 100,418, compared with 90,564 from the 2011 census.
[Ed. Note: Last year's Municipal Census conducted by the City of Red Deer revealed a population of 99,832]
Canada's population on census day was 35,151,728, Statistics Canada reported.
The national census is conducted every five years. The information published Wednesday is the first of several releases of data to come from Statistics Canada over the next year that will eventually paint a detailed picture of the country, right down to the local level - including age breakdowns of the population, family makeup, languages spoken, immigration and ethnic origin, the level of education attained and income earned.
Future census releases will give more insight to explain the reasons behind the population changes - whether it's related mostly to changes in birth and death rates, immigration or interprovincial migration.
At the provincial level, population levels in Alberta saw the highest increase at 11.6 per cent, followed by Saskatchewan (6.3 per cent) and Manitoba (5.8 per cent).
Growth in New Brunswick shrank by 0.5 per cent - the first time since 2006 a province has reported a negative growth rate.
British Columbia's population levels increased by 5.6 per cent, compared with Ontario (4.6 per cent), Quebec (3.3 per cent), Prince Edward Island (1.9 per cent), Newfoundland and Labrador (1.0 per cent) and Nova Scotia (0.2 per cent). Among the northern territories, the population grew by 12.7 per cent in the Northwest Territories, 5.8 per cent in Nunavut and 0.8 per cent in Yukon.
Ontario is still the country's most populous province, with a population of 13,448,494. The population of other provinces and territories; Quebec, 8,164,361; British Columbia, 4,648,055; Alberta, 4,067,175; Manitoba, 1,278,365; Saskatchewan, 1,098,352; New Brunswick, 923,598; New Brunswick, 747,101; Newfoundland and Labrador, 519,716; Prince Edward Island, 142,907; Northwest Territories, 41,786; Nunavut, 35,944 and Yukon, 35,874.
Here is a local breakdown of census population information for communities in the Red Deer region;
Community 2016 2011 % change
Red Deer 100,418 90,564 10.9
Penhold 3,277 2,375 38.0
Blackfalds 9,328 6,300 48.1
Lacombe 13,057 11,707 11.5
Alix 734 830 -11.6
Ponoka 7,229 6,778 6.7
Rimbey 2,567 2,378 7.9
Sylvan Lake 14,816 12,362 19.9
Bowden 1,240 1,241 -0.1
Innisfail 7,847 7,876 -0.4
Olds 9,184 8,235 11.5
Stettler 5,952 5,748 3.5
Rocky Mountain House 6,635 6,933 -4.3
(The Canadian Press)
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