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Population Distribution, Alberta Economic Regions


This Alberta Official Statistic provides the distribution of Alberta’s population within the 8 economic regions of Alberta for 2011. Alberta is divided into eight economic regions as follows: Lethbridge – Medicine -Hat; Camrose-Drumheller; Calgary; Banff – Jasper – Rocky Mountain House; Red Deer; Edmonton; Athabasca – Grande Prairie – Peace River; and Wood Buffalo – Cold Lake. The economic regions of Calgary and Edmonton account for the largest proportion (69.0%) of Alberta’s population. The remaining six economic regions each accounted for less than 10% of the population.

AOS Alberta Official Statistics Population Distribution by Economic Region

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This Alberta Official Statistic uses data from the 2011 Census. Statistics Canada conducts the Census of Population every 5 years in order to develop a statistical portrait of Canada and Canadians on one specific day. The census is designed to provide information about people and housing units in Canada by their demographic, social and economic characteristics. The census enumerates the entire Canadian population, which consists of Canadian citizens (by birth and by naturalization), landed immigrants and non-permanent residents and their families living with them in Canada. Non-permanent residents are persons who hold a work or student permit, or who claim refugee status. Responding to the Census is mandatory. Statistics Canada defines an Economic Region (ER) as a grouping of complete census divisions (CD) (with one exception in Ontario) created as a standard geographic unit for analysis of regional economic activity. Within the province of Quebec, economic regions (régions administratives) are designated by law. In all other provinces and territories, economic regions are created by agreement between Statistics Canada and the province/territory concerned. Statistics Canada defines a Census Division as a group of neighboring municipalities joined together for the purposes of regional planning and managing common services (such as police or ambulance services). These groupings are established under laws in effect in certain provinces of Canada.


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