Blackfalds nears 10,000 residents: census

By Gary McKinnon
August 10, 2017 - 6:41am Updated: August 11, 2017 - 8:47am

The Town of Blackfalds continues its trend of above-average growth and is one of Canada’s fastest growing municipalities for the ninth year in a row.

The results of the 2017 Municipal Census shows the official population of Blackfalds is now 9,916.

That is a 4.27 per cent jump compared to a 1.51 per cent increase provincially.

However the population did not increase more than it did in 2016 when that census showed a roughly 8 per cent jump.

While the numbers indicate a minor slowdown in growth, officials say they will help council and administration with planning for infrastructure and programs.

The current residential dwelling count is 4,349 units – up 254 units from 2016.

Officials say the purpose of the census is to attain relevant information about the community which helps assist with:

- economic development initiatives

- educational requirements

- planning and development of both immediate and long term trends

- municipal infrastructure requirements

- government grants and other population-based initiatives

The 2017 Municipal Census Interim Report can be viewed online at www.blackfalds.com.

(Gary McKinnon - The Town of Blackfalds)

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