Photo by MARK BRETHERTON/Advocate staff

Census reveals fewer residents in their mid-to-late-20s

More residents between the age of 25 and 29 waved goodbye to Red Deer in 2016 compared to any other age group, according to the city’s latest census. And it’s true for both sexes.

More residents between the age of 25 and 29 waved goodbye to Red Deer in 2016 compared to any other age group, according to the city’s latest census.

And it’s true for both sexes.

This year there were 478 fewer men in their mid to late-20s, with their numbers falling from 3,742 men in 2015 to 3,264 this spring. Red Deer had 352 less women in the same age range, dropping from 3,469 to 3,117.

The average age of residents this year is 38 compared to 37 in 2015. The average has climbed from 31 in 2014 and 32 in 2013.

Red Deer’s total population of permanent residents shrunk by 975 people, or one per cent, to 99,832 this year after surpassing the 100,000 milestone by climbing to 100,807 in 2015.

Leonie Becker, project co-ordinator with the city’s legislative services department, said there are all sorts of reasons why populations change.

“There is a lot of things it may be tied to. But the census is really just a count. We don’t look into the background research on why these things are happening. We just present the raw data,” Becker said on Thursday.

New to the census this year was data on occupancy rates.

This year 55 dwellings were under construction compared to 82 last year. Vacant dwellings increased from 1,746 last year to 2,521 this year. Occupied dwellings fell from 40,288 last year to 39,808.

Becker said because of the drop in population, it was decided that vacancy information would be useful to include in the census.

“It’s just something we wanted to give pro-actively because in all likelihood it would be asked for anyways,” Becker said.

Strongest growth was seen in Vanier Woods where there were 583 more residents, followed by Timberlands, which grew by 381 people.

Inglewood West/Ironstone lost the most residents — 252.

To read the full report, visit

Just Posted

Former Red Deer teacher gets six-year prison sentence for child sexual exploitation

Norman Joseph Howes pleads guilty to three charges against 11-year-old

Central Alberta ranchers reeling from China’s beef ban

Disappointed beef is caught up in latest trade dispute

Red Deer Public School District doesn’t expect funding ‘doom and gloom’

Red Deer Public School administrators aren’t panicking over possible education budget cuts… Continue reading

Busts lead to four arrests, $130,000 of drugs and cash seized

Community is safer without drugs and guns on the street: Police inspector

Goalie Roberto Luongo retires after 19 NHL seasons

SUNRISE, Fla. — Florida goalie Roberto Luongo has decided to retire after… Continue reading

Europe, you’re up! Yankees top Blue Jays 8-7, head to London

Yankees 8 Blues Jays 7 NEW YORK — Buckingham Palace and Westminster… Continue reading

Sylvan Lake spending $2 million to upgrade busy intersection

The intersection at Erickson Drive and Hwy 20 will see improvements this construction season

Longtime volunteer recognized at Mayor’s Garden Party

Sue Barthel was the honorary senior recognized at the annual Mayor’s Garden… Continue reading

Maskwacis youth found dead on reserve

The remains of 16 year old Houston Omeasoo found

Duncan announces $30 million to promote safety and inclusiveness in sport

TORONTO — The federal government is investing $30 million over five years… Continue reading

Raptors president Ujiri addresses rare off-court issues during NBA title run

TORONTO — Even a championship can come with hiccups. Toronto Raptors president… Continue reading

Mouse that roared: Disney characters win local union shakeup

ORLANDO, Fla. — The mouse that roared was heard. Months after workers… Continue reading

Most Read