A man looks out over 55th Street in Red Deer. Red Deer’s population is aging along with the rest of the nation, but at a slower rate. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Alberta’s population grows

Alberta’s population is growing.

Alberta posted its strongest interprovincial migratory increase — 2,285 people — in four years, after several quarters of declines and a rebound in the third quarter of 2018, Statistics Canada reported Thursday.

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That meant more people moved into the province than out of Alberta in the most recent quarter.

The province’s population grew 0.6 per cent between July 1 to Sept. 30.

Alberta is home to 11.6 per cent of Canada’s population.

The largest increase, 14,237, was as a result of international migration.

The natural increase, referring to the variation in population as a result of births and deaths, was 7,748.

In June this year, the City of Red Deer lost its title as the third largest city in Alberta to Lethbridge, according to municipal census by both municipalities.

Those numbers show Red Deer is home to 101,002 residents, while Lethbridge’s number stands at 101,482. The difference in population between the two cities is 480 people.



mamta.lulla@reddeeradvocate.com

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