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    Just some numbers to look at. Anyone care to run some calculations? Fastest period of growth, greatest annual percentage growth, decline years... Anything else?

    Population History
    Edmonton's population has grown from 148 people in 1878 to 877,926 in 2014.


    http://www.edmonton.ca/city_governme...n-history.aspx

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    Interesting how during WWI, population dropped considerably. Any thoughts as to why? I can't imagine it was solidiers going to war, no similar downturn in population during WWII, so any other ideas? Just people moving away?

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    ^There was a real estate boom which went bust around the beginning of WWI. This caused the population to drop from 72,516 in 1914 to 53,814 a year later.

    That's a nearly 26% drop in population in about a year. That'd be equivalent to today's population dropping from 877,926 (2014) to about 651,500 now.
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    The only other decline in our history: 1994 - Ralph Klein.


    Fastest periods of absolute growth:

    - 1964 - annexation of Jasper Place and Beverly
    - 2013/14


    Fastest percentage growth (by far): 1910-1915


    Fastest percentage fall (by far): immediately after, as discussed.
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    Spanish flu also hit right after WWI, and Edmonton lost a lot of people.

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    Holy wow. That's crazy. What was the cause of the bust? I suppose I could attempt sole research myself; but if you have a quick answer?

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    For 1914-20, I'm also thinking two other things:

    (1) A drop in the birth rate because of the male population at war.

    (2) The 1919 Spanish Flu epidemic.
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    ^^ I'm wondering if more resources were dedicated to the war effort. My guess would be that there might have been less immigration from overseas during the war.
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    I don't know how that bust happened. I've never researched it. Just knew it was there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeK View Post
    ^There was a real estate boom which went bust around the beginning of WWI. This caused the population to drop from 72,516 in 1914 to 53,814 a year later.

    That's a nearly 26% drop in population in about a year. That'd be equivalent to today's population dropping from 877,926 (2014) to about 651,500 now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Cat View Post
    For 1914-20, I'm also thinking two other things:

    (1) A drop in the birth rate because of the male population at war.

    (2) The 1919 Spanish Flu epidemic.
    Workers moving to war industries back east.
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    Based on the timing and what numbers I can find I think MikeK has it. On the graph the big drop looks to be around 1915 and amounts to thousands of people. The Spanish Flu hit Edmonton in late 1918 and the total death toll was around 600.

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    http://www.edmonton.ca/city_governme...n-history.aspx

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    Given the 100th Anniversary of the Walterdale flood, I wonder if part of the decline was the result of people losing their property in Walterdale, Rossdale and other locations, and subsequently moving away.
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    Based on the latest Statcan information, Edmonton has now surpassed Ottawa's CMA population for July 1, 2018 and is slightly lower than Calgary's:

    Edmonton - 1,420,916
    Ottawa - 1,414,399
    Calgary - 1,486,050

    Officially 5th largest in Canada!

    https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/dail.../t001b-eng.htm

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    And I thought that we were already the fifth largest city in Canada.

    Found this link below. Check out 1961 and ‘71 for 3rd and 4th placement.


    List of largest Canadian cities by census - Wikipedia

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...ties_by_census
    Last edited by KC; 30-03-2019 at 07:35 PM.

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    Of course those historical counts just includes the city population. In 1962, St. Albert was ~4000 and Sherwood Park about half that. Metro Vancouver has always been bigger than Edmonton.

    For comparison, San Francisco has a population of 884,000 but the metro has 4.7 million.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KC View Post
    And I thought that we were already the fifth largest city in Canada.

    Found this link below. Check out 1961 and ‘71 for 3rd and 4th placement.

    It is also interesting that Lethbtidge at 124k was included but not Red Deer which I gather is closer to 200k (at minimum 150k).


    List of largest Canadian cities by census - Wikipedia

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...ties_by_census

    We have for about five years now. I gather this would be the official recognised tally which they do so often for the documented official record?

    I find that chart interesting where they included Lethbtidge at 124k and left out Red Deer at much higher (minimum 150k)
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    Red Deer city proper is over 100,000. They have yet to designate a Census Metropolitan Area. 209,395 was the population of Census Division 8, Red Deer and surrounding area 2016 census

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    I had posted in a thread called ‘history of edmontons population’. I guess there are two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KC View Post
    And I thought that we were already the fifth largest city in Canada.

    Found this link below. Check out 1961 and ‘71 for 3rd and 4th placement.


    List of largest Canadian cities by census - Wikipedia

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...ties_by_census
    The 2016 census listed Edmonton as sixth Census Metropolitan Area. The list we are talking of here released on Thursday are CMAs, not city proper. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List...ions_in_Canada

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drumbones View Post
    I had posted in a thread called ‘history of edmontons population’. I guess there are two.
    Maybe these two threads could be merged. (Though some don’t like old threads being updated or added to.)


    Also, it took a couple searches via google to find it (added some quotation marks) but found it:



    history of edmonton population

    http://www.connect2edmonton.ca/showt...ton-population

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