Cochrane is a town that is located in Alberta, Canada. It is the second largest in the province, and it is also one of the fastest growing in terms of population in the entire country. The town is located near Calgary and is part of the city’s census metropolitan area. Cochrane was incorporated as a village in 1903 and as a town in 1971.
According to data from 2016, the population is 25,853.
City Size and Population Density
The total area of the town is just over 11.5 square miles, with a density of 2,245 inhabitants per square mile.
Demographics of Cochrane
In terms of visible minorities, the population of Cochrane includes a large group of Filipinos, South and Southeast Asians, as well as African and Latin Americans. Smaller groups include Arab, Chinese, Korean, and more.
English and French are the official languages and are the languages spoken most often. A small number of residents reported that they did not use either language.
Growth in Cochrane
The town has seen extensive population growth, with the total population jumping almost 50% between 2011 and 2016. Cochrane could receive a city designation, but many residents have protested against this. The population between 2015 and 2016 alone saw a growth of 8.8%. The population has grown by the double digits since the 1970s, and in the period between 1976 and 1981, it grew by over 144%. Its proximity to larger cities like Calgary while still maintaining a small town vibe makes it an appealing place to live, and it wouldn’t be unexpected to see population growth continue.