2016 Cen­sus Town’s pop­u­la­tion holds steady

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

While many ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties have been de­clin­ing in pop­u­la­tion, Drumheller ap­pears to be hold­ing its own.

On Fe­bru­ary 8, Stat­sCan re­leased the pop­u­la­tion and dwelling count from the 2016 cen­sus and Drumheller’s pop­u­la­tion fell by a mere 47 when com­pared to the 2011 cen­sus. Be­tween 2006 and 2011, Drumheller grew by about 100 res­i­dents.

This rep­re­sents 0.6 per cent change. Sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties such as Hanna lost 4.3 per cent and Stet­tler grew by 3.5 per­cent. Star­land County saw a slight in­crease of 9 per cent, Knee­hill County saw 1.6 per cent growth and Wheat­land County saw a 6.1 per cent in­crease. The largest de­crease in Al­berta for a small town was Bon­nyville, which lost 12.9 per cent of its pop­u­la­tion.

Drumheller falls in Cen­sus Divi­sion 5, which stretches from Hux­ley in the north to Car­man­gay in the south, east to Hanna and west to Lyalta. This area grew by 2,445. Mayor Terry Ye­men says Drumheller’s num­bers are pos­i­tive “As far as small towns in Al­berta we are far­ing a whole lot bet­ter than a lot of them,” said Ye­men.

A con­sis­tent pop­u­la­tion is im­por­tant for a com­mu­nity says Ye­men as many grants used pop­u­la­tion as a fac­tor in its cal­cu­la­tion. The Gas Tax Fund is one that is granted on a per capita

ba­sis.

Al­berta’s pop­u­la­tion has grown by about 11.6 per cent to 4,067,175

This was the first re­lease of the in­for­ma­tion from the 2016 cen­sus. On May 3 there will be a re­lease show­ing age and sex as well as type of dwelling. The cen­sus of agri­cul­ture will be re­leased on May 10. Au­gust 1 will show fam­i­lies, house­holds and mar­i­tal sta­tus well as lan­guages and the num­bers on in­come will be re­leased Septem­ber 13. On Oc­to­ber 25, there will be a re­lease of im­mi­gra­tion and eth­no­cul­tural di­ver­sity, hous­ing and abo­rig­i­nal peo­ples, and Novem­ber 29 will see the re­lease of num­bers on ed­u­ca­tion, labour, jour­ney to work lan­guages of work, mo­bil­ity, and mi­gra­tion.

2016 also saw the rein­tro­duc­tion of the long form cen­sus.

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