Edmonton, Canada Population

Population in Urban Area, now

1,497,641
  • World: 370th
  • North America: 50th
  • Canada: 5th

Population in City Area, 2019-09-05

712,391
  • World: 410th
  • North America: 17th
  • Canada: 5th

Edmonton Urban Area Population Graph

Edmonton Population Review

The city of Edmonton is the capital of the province of Alberta in Canada. It is home to 1.4 million people in the urban area and over than 700 thousand people in the city. This makes it the second-largest city in Alberta and the fifth-largest municipality in Canada. Edmonton is North America’s northernmost metropolis and it anchors the north end of the Calgary-Edmonton Corridor. The city is a gateway for the large oil sands projects occurring in northern Alberta and the diamond operations happening in the Northwest Territories.

Incorporated as a town in 1892, Edmonton is divided into 375 neighborhoods within seven geographic sectors. The city area of Edmonton has a population density of 1,186 people per square kilometer, while the urban area’s population density drops dramatically to 123 people per square kilometer. The city’s population is expected to continue to steadily rise, reaching 1.7 million people by 2035.

A meteoric growth rate

Edmonton has experienced a dramatic growth rate that was facilitated by the absorption of five adjacent municipalities. These include Jasper Place, Strathcona, West and North Edmonton, and Beverly. A series of annexations through 2019 also added another 82.6 square kilometers from Leduc County and the City of Beaumont. This also increased the city’s population exponentially, as all these residents are now considered Edmontonians.

A city of mostly European ethnicity

While Edmonton does have multiple ethnicities, the largest portion is of European descent, which 55.8% identify as. The most frequently reported backgrounds include English, Scottish, German, Irish, Ukrainian, and Polish. There is also a strong East and Southeast Asian population (just over 15%) that call the city home.

In 2016, the census reported that 37% of the city’s population self-identified as a visible minority, with the largest groups identifying as South Asian, Chinese, Black, Filipino, and Arab.

Religion in Edmonton

Edmonton—like all places in Canada—permit the practice of any religion, and the city is home to a number of world religions. A large portion of the metropolitan population identifies as Christian, with just over 59%. There are also significant religious minorities that identify as Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist, Hindu, and Jewish. There is also a small percentage of the population that practice traditional Aboriginal spirituality. A large portion of the population (31%) self-identifies as having no religious affiliation. Within the Christian community, the major denominations include Roman Catholicism and the United Church.

Edmonton’s economy

Edmonton serves as one of the major economic centers for Alberta and a major center for the oil and gas industry. Out of the $57.8 billion dollars that major projects are valued at in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region, $34.4 billion of this is from the oil and gas industry. Called the Oil Capital of Canada, Edmonton is the core of Alberta’s petrochemical industries, which employs 6.1% of all working age people in the province. In 2013, there were 171,200 people working directly in the oil and gas industry.

The festival city

Edmonton is a city dedicated to the arts and hosts many festivals, including the Ice on White Festival, the Interstellar Rodeo of Folk and Rock music, the International Fringe Festival, and many more events throughout the year. This helps contribute to the 3.3 million overnight visitors that come to Edmonton annually, with a surprising amount of people coming from international locations to see the sights.

The West Edmonton Mall

The 10th largest mall in the world, the West Edmonton Mall covers 5.3 million square feet and employs 24,000 people. It hosts 32 million people per year, with 90,000 to 200,000 shoppers on a daily basis. It has over 800 stores, nine attractions, two hotels, and over 100 dining venues, with parking for more than 20,000 vehicles.

Review Updated: September 7, 2020

Edmonton Urban Area Population History

1950 163,000
1951 175,000
1952 187,000
1953 200,000
1954 213,000
1955 228,000
1956 244,000
1957 260,000
1958 278,000
1959 297,000
1960 318,000
1961 339,000
1962 350,000
1963 363,000
1964 376,000
1965 389,000
1966 403,000
1967 420,000
1968 438,000
1969 457,000
1970 477,000
1971 497,000
1972 508,000
1973 519,000
1974 531,000
1975 543,000
1976 556,000
1977 572,000
1978 588,000
1979 605,000
1980 623,000
1981 641,000
1982 668,000
1983 696,000
1984 726,000
1985 756,000
1986 786,000
1987 797,000
1988 808,000
1989 819,000
1990 831,000
1991 841,000
1992 846,000
1993 850,000
1994 854,000
1995 859,000
1996 864,000
1997 879,000
1998 894,000
1999 909,000
2000 924,000
2001 940,000
2002 959,000
2003 978,000
2004 997,000
2005 1,017,000
2006 1,038,000
2007 1,062,000
2008 1,087,000
2009 1,112,000
2010 1,137,000
2011 1,164,000
2012 1,195,000
2013 1,226,000
2014 1,259,000
2015 1,292,000
2016 1,326,000
2017 1,361,000
2018 1,397,000
2019 1,430,000
2020 1,461,000
2021 1,491,000

Edmonton Urban Area Population Projections

2022 1,519,000
2023 1,544,000
2024 1,568,000
2025 1,589,000
2026 1,608,000
2027 1,625,000
2028 1,642,000
2029 1,658,000
2030 1,673,000
2031 1,688,000
2032 1,703,000
2033 1,717,000
2034 1,732,000
2035 1,746,000

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