2016 census shows consistent growth in Lethbridge population

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    Lethbridge continues to grow with the official 2016 census results showing a population of 96,828, an increase of 2,024 (2.13 per cent) over the 2015 municipal census number.

    “Lethbridge consistently demonstrates a sustainable, healthy rate of growth,” says Mayor Chris Spearman. “Stable growth allows the City of Lethbridge to plan for the future more effectively.”

    The City of Lethbridge conducts a census each year to provide an accurate count for provincial and federal per-capita grants. Funding from these sources helps support construction of facilities such as the Crossings Leisure Complex, Police Headquarters Expansion and Henderson Pool Reconstruction. 

    “The participation of residents and the commitment of census takers in our yearly census is greatly appreciated,” says David Sarsfield, Deputy City Clerk. “Without the cooperation of our residents, we would not be able to collect the information we require.” 

    This was the second year the census takers used mobile devices to gather information at the door. 

    The census determines the number of people living in each household as well as their ages and sex. This snapshot of the city’s demographics helps City Planners determine what services will be needed in what areas.

    The 2016 census numbers show the strongest growth occurred in West Lethbridge with 1,213 new residents. 

    Region 2016 2015 Change in #’s (2016) Change in % (2016)  
    North Lethbridge 27,179 26,751 428 1.60%  
    South Lethbridge 31,720 31,337 383 1.22%  
    West Lethbridge 37,929 36,716 1,213 3.30%  
    Totals 96,828 94,804 2,024 2.13%

    Detailed census information is available at: www.lethbridge.ca/census.

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