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Ward 8 News: 2016 Census Results

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Last week, Calgary announced the results of the 2016 CivicCensus. I’d like to thank each and every Ward 8 resident who took the time to fill out the census, as it provides valuable information to help make informed decisions about our city. Here’s a small summary of some of the important statistics from this year’s census.

Calgary’s population had a net population increase of 4,256 while Ward 8 saw a small decrease of -1,404 residents from last year. This likely doesn’t come as a shock to most of you seeing as our City faced a challenging end of 2015 and start of 2016. In Ward 8, our population dropped slightly but our housing stock remained steady and even rose by 527 for a total of 54,490 dwellings in 2016. On a community level, the Beltline comes in as the second largest community with 21,958 residents; only second to Panorama Hills and interestingly, the neighbourhood of Rosscarrock saw an increase of more than 10% in population whereas the neighbourhood of Cliff Bungalow had a decrease of approximately 6 – 9%. Conversations about changes in density and population are ones I am constantly having with many of the communities in Ward 8. At first, the topic can often seem overwhelming, but the reality is our city is going to continue to grow and change. New neighbours and different landscapes are a certainty but it’s up to us as citizens to participate in the conversation around how our communities best approach this change.

Scrolling trough Twitter this morning, I noticed a comment from writer Jeremy Klaszus (@klaszus) that really summarized my feelings towards the growth of our city. He remarked, “City life is a continuous negotiation, in tight quarters, with people who bother us and think differently than us, we somehow have to remain open not closed off.”

To learn more about population shifts in your community, or to explore all the information the census has to offer head to for more information or contact my office at or 403-268-2430.

This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Ward Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.

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