Edmonton Population 2024

1,163,271

The estimated 2024 population of Edmonton is 1,163,271. The population of Edmonton was recorded at 932,546 in the 2016 Canadian Census, and was recorded at 812,201 in the 2011 census. This is a change in population of 120,345, which is an annual growth rate of 2.8%.

Edmonton is the capital of the province of Alberta in Canada The city is located on the North Saskatchewan River in the center of the Edmonton Capital Region, and it is the northernmost city in North America with a metro population of at least one million. In 2014, Edmonton had an estimated population of 835,000, which makes it the second-largest city in Alberta and the 5th largest municipality of Canada.

The urban population of Edmonton is estimated at 980,000. The Edmonton census metropolitan area (CMA) has a population estimated at 1.8 million, of which 70% live in the city proper. This is the 6th largest CMA by population in Canada.

City Size and Population Density

The metro area has a population density of just 123 people per square kilometer (319/sq mi), while the city of Edmonton has a density of 1,186 people per square kilometer (3,074/sq mi). The city proper has a total surface area of approximately 685.25 square kilometers.

Edmonton Demographics

According to the 2011 Census, the city of Edmonton was 50.2% female and 49.8% male with an average age of 36. Edmontonians of European ancestry accounted for the largest ethnic group, with common ancestries including English, Scottish, German, Irish, Ukrainian, Polish, and French.

The 2011 census found the racial and ethnic composition of Edmonton was:

  • White: 64.7%
  • South Asian: 7.2%
  • Chinese: 6.2%
  • Filipino: 4.6%
  • Black: 3.8%
  • Southeast Asian: 1.9%
  • Latin American: 1.7%
  • Arab: 1.7%
  • West Asian: 0.8%
  • Korean: 0.6%
  • Japanese: 0.3%
  • Other visible minority: 0.3%
  • Multiple visible minorities: 0.8%
  • Aboriginal: 5.3% (2.7% Metis, 2.4% First Nations, 0.1% Aboriginal, 0.1% multiple Aboriginal identities)

In terms of religion among the population, just over 31% of the population is Protestant, followed by 29% Catholic. One-quarter of Edmontonians claim no religion. Other groups include: other Christian (3.9%), Islam (2.9%), Christian Orthodox (2.6%), Buddhist (2.1%), Sikh (1.4%), Hindu (1.1%), and other (0.3%).

Edmonton History

The area of Edmonton was first settled as early as 12,000 BC. The first European to explore the area is believed to be Anthony Henday in 1754 while working for the Hudson's Bay Company. His job led him across the Canadian Prairies to establish contact with the aboriginal population to develop a fur trade. In 1795, Fort Edmonton was built along the river as a significant trading post for the HBC.

The new settlement began to grow quickly after the Canadian Pacific Railway came through in 1885, along with the Calgary & Edmonton Railway six years later, both of which brought entrepreneurs and settlers from eastern Canada, Britain, the United States and elsewhere in the world. A few years later, many participated in the Klondike Gold Rush and passed through the region.

Edmonton was incorporated as a town in 1892 with 700 people, and then as a city in 1904 with a population of about 8,350. It became the capital of Alberta a year later. During the early 20th century, Edmonton grew quickly and eventually extended south of the North Saskatchewan River. The real estate boom ended just before World War I and the population declined sharply from 72,000 in 1914 to under 54,000 in 1916, in large part due to recruitment for the Canadian army and low-income families moving to subsistence farms. The city eventually recovered in the 1920s and 30s and began to grow rapidly once more.

Edmonton Population Growth

Population growth in Edmonton has surpassed the national growth rate for more than seven years, even as most of the country fell into an economic tailspin. Between 2006 and 2011 alone, the city and its metropolitan area grew by over 12%, well above the national growth rate of 5.9%.

Edmonton is currently making plans to annex 156 square kilometers of land from the town of Beaumont and Leduc County, which would increase the city's size by 22%. The city is very much in need of more land to sustain this strong population growth. It's estimated that the current land supply in the city will only last 15 to 25 more years. By 2044, the city expects it will have another 650,000 residents.

Province
Density (km²)
1360.9
Area (km²)
685.25
2024 Pop (est)
1,163,271
2016 Pop
932,546
2011 Pop
812,201
Growth
120,345
Growth Rate
2.8%

Edmonton Population 2024

population

Avg. Age
37.7
Median Age
35.7

Edmonton Age Distribution

Marital Status

Divorced

Married

Never Married

Separated

Edmonton Basic Marriage Statistics

Spoken Language

English

French

English and French

Other

Edmonton Language Spoken

value

Avg. Income
$57,032
Median Income
$41,836

Edmonton Income Data

Edmonton Urban Area Population

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Year
Population
Growth Rate
Growth
1950163,473
1951174,6996.87%11,226
1952186,7136.88%12,014
1953199,5176.86%12,804
1954213,2186.87%13,701
1955227,8606.87%14,642
1956243,5296.88%15,669
1957260,2286.86%16,699
1958278,0996.87%17,871
1959297,1976.87%19,098
1960317,6346.88%20,437
1961338,5296.58%20,895
1962350,4433.52%11,914
1963362,7763.52%12,333
1964375,5613.52%12,785
1965388,7603.51%13,199
1966402,6953.58%13,935
1967420,0754.32%17,380
1968438,2304.32%18,155
1969457,1164.31%18,886
1970476,8454.32%19,729
1971496,6104.14%19,765
1972507,8312.26%11,221
1973519,2732.25%11,442
1974530,9902.26%11,717
1975542,9712.26%11,981
1976555,5212.31%12,550
1977571,5512.89%16,030
1978588,0672.89%16,516
1979605,0612.89%16,994
1980622,5702.89%17,509
1981641,1622.99%18,592
1982668,1504.21%26,988
1983696,2754.21%28,125
1984725,6254.22%29,350
1985756,1264.2%30,501
1986786,2903.99%30,164
1987797,1261.38%10,836
1988808,1271.38%11,001
1989819,2481.38%11,121
1990830,5381.38%11,290
1991841,4491.31%10,911
1992845,7550.51%4,306
1993850,0700.51%4,315
1994854,4140.51%4,344
1995858,7800.51%4,366
1996864,4910.67%5,711
1997879,0501.68%14,559
1998893,8751.69%14,825
1999908,9501.69%15,075
2000924,3001.69%15,350
2001940,2261.72%15,926
2002958,9261.99%18,700
2003977,9971.99%19,071
2004997,4741.99%19,477
20051,017,2851.99%19,811
20061,037,9322.03%20,647
20071,061,9402.31%24,008
20081,086,5372.32%24,597
20091,111,6342.31%25,097
20101,137,3462.31%25,712
20111,164,1852.36%26,839
20121,194,9792.65%30,794
20131,226,5002.64%31,521
20141,258,8982.64%32,398
20151,292,1512.64%33,253
20161,326,3302.65%34,179
20171,361,4132.65%35,083
20181,397,4242.65%36,011
20191,429,7432.31%32,319
20201,461,1822.2%31,439
20211,491,0762.05%29,894
20221,518,9211.87%27,845
20231,544,4481.68%25,527
20241,567,6151.5%23,167
20251,588,5951.34%20,980
20261,607,7221.2%19,127
20271,625,3991.1%17,677
20281,641,9991.02%16,600
20291,657,8330.96%15,834
20301,673,1400.92%15,307
20311,688,0930.89%14,953
20321,702,8110.87%14,718
20331,717,3670.85%14,556
20341,731,8070.84%14,440
20351,746,1590.83%14,352
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Edmonton Population Data (Urban Area)

  1. Canada Census Data - Official Canadian Census Data.
  2. World Urbanization Prospects - United Nations population estimates and projections of major Urban Agglomerations

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