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Population Change, Rural and Small Town Alberta


This Alberta Official Statistic describes the percent change in Alberta’s population between 1986 and 2011 by 5-year census cycles. The population is divided into "Larger Urban Centres" and Rural and Small Town areas. Within rural Alberta, the population is divided into four categories with each category consecutively representing lesser integration with urban economies. The four categories are called Metropolitan Influenced Zones (MIZ) and capture urban integration based on the percent of the working population commuting to urban centers. The categories are: Strong MIZ (where 30% or more of the workforce commutes to an urban core) Moderate MIZ (where 5% to 29% commute to any urban core) Weak MIZ (where greater than 0% but less than 5% commute to any urban core) No MIZ (where there are no residents commuting to an urban core)


May 15, 2015

AOS Alberta Official Statistics Rural Small Town Population

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The percent change within each 5-year period is calculated within the boundaries and the MIZ classification that applied to the end of the 5-year period.

The data for the calculation of the 1986 to 2006 period is shown on P.18 in Bollman, Ray D. and Heather A. Clemenson (2008) Structure and Change in Canada’s Rural Demography: An Update to 2006 (Catalogue no. 21-601-MIE)

The 2011 data were derived from Statistics Canada.

The designation of MIZ for 1991 and 1996 were obtained from Sheila Rambeau and Kathleen Todd – Statistics Canada. (2000) Census Metropolitan Area and Census Agglomeration Influenced Zones (MIZ) with census data (Catalogue No. 92F0138MIE). Note that the Rambeau and Todd designation of MIZ for 1991 used the preliminary 1996 CMA/CA delineations, but still using 1991 boundaries. For this table, the 1991 CMA/CA delineation was re-imposed and "strong MIZ" was assigned in 1991 for towns or municipalities that had been coded into a CMA/CA for 1996.

The census provides information that is used by governments, businesses, researchers and individual Canadians to shed light on issues of concern to all of us. The Alberta profiles are part of the census standard data products, which are data tables extracted from the Census database. They contain statistical information about all population, household, dwelling and family characteristics.

Data Accuracy The accuracy of census counts and data is first affected by the degree to which the total population is missed in the census(undercoverage). The census count for Alberta does not include persons living in dwellings missed during census enumeration, or persons mistakenly omitted from the questionnaires of responding dwellings. The count of dwellings includes occupied private and collective dwellings and responses received from outside Canada. It excludes unoccupied dwellings and dwellings occupied only by foreign and temporary residents.


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