Report: Calgary Snapshots 2015

Everything you wanted to know about growth and change in Calgary.

Do you ever wonder how The City of Calgary knows where to build new homes, how many people we’ll need to accommodate by when, or what types of homes we’ll need? Here are a few examples of what informs the future of our city:

  • The City estimates that between 2006 and 2076, the population will increase by 1.2 million people for a total population of 2.2 million.
  • To achieve the balance of growth targeted in the Municipal Development Plan, about 607,000 of these additional people will locate in developed areas and about 608,000 will locate in greenfield areas.
  • The current supply of suburban residential land is expected to last between 35 to 39 years.
  • Communities built 30 years ago used more land than communities that are developing now for the same number of people.
  • Suburban residential densities ranged from 11 to 15 units per hectare for many communities built from the ’70s to early ’90s. To meet the goals of the Municipal Development Plan, new communities will achieve a range of 19 to 22 units per hectare.
  • Overall, the new suburbs have an occupancy rate of 2.91 people per unit, while the established areas average 2.54
  • Over the last five years, the southeast and north sectors held the largest shares of new-unit growth in the city. The southeast had the largest share of multi-residential units, at 41 per cent.

The City of Calgary’s department of Geodemographics engages in ongoing analysis of social, economic and demographic research to guide urban and regional planning. The highlights above are from their latest report, Calgary Snapshots 2015. It gives an overview of everything from our population picture to where we will work, live and play as our population increases.

Visit the City of Calgary website to learn more about the work of Geodemographics and find the full Calgary Snapshots 2015 report.

August 17th, 2015
Updated: September 14th, 2017

Your convenient source of information about growth and change in Calgary.