Red Deer's immigrant population up significantly in last five years: census

By Sheldon Spackman
October 26, 2017 - 2:45pm Updated: October 27, 2017 - 9:47am

The latest figures from Statistics Canada indicate Red Deer’s immigration population has significantly increased over the past five years.

Of the city’s 14,685 immigrants, 5,235 (35.6 per cent) have arrived during the last five years.

The breakdown of that number includes 2,900 hailing from the Philippines, 325 from the Ukraine, 270 from India, 175 from Syria and 100 from Nigeria.

According to Statistics Canada, Red Deer’s visible minority population now stands at 15.5 per cent, lower than Alberta’s 23.5 per cent and Canada’s 22.3 per cent.

Additional census information reveals Red Deer’s Aboriginal population checked in at 5,185 in 2016, making up 5.3 per cent of the City’s population and up only slightly from the 2011 census figures of 5.2 per cent. However, between 2011-2016, there was a 13 per cent increase in Red Deer’s Aboriginal population, compared to an 11 per cent increase in the overall population.

A similar trend also seen in Alberta as a whole, with a 17.2 per cent growth in Alberta’s Aboriginal population between 2011-2016, compared with an 11.5 per cent growth rate in the overall population during that time. Red Deer's most common Aboriginal mother tongue is Cree.

Housing numbers show nearly 40,000 households in Red Deer in 2016, of which 65.7 per cent were owned. That’s down from 67.5 per cent of Red Deer households owned in 2011. The average value of a dwelling in Red Deer last year came in at $370,299, up from $328,127 in 2011.

In terms of income, Stats Canada indicates Red Deer’s median income in 2015 was $85,794, an increase of 15 per cent from $74,591 seen in 2005. The median individual income in Red Deer in 2015 was $41,109 before tax, less than the $43,349 for the individual Canadian median income that year.

City officials say more Statistics Canada 2016 Census information will be released in stages later this year, including info on housing and education.

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