Big dreams, hard work, a resilient prairie spirit
Our municipal history starts in the late 1800s with the construction of Fort Calgary.Located at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow rivers, Calgary has been:
- a meeting place,
- a trading post, and
- a railway destination (among others).
Calgary is a place where people come to collaborate, to cooperate and to build together towards a better life.
By the numbers
We're the third largest municipality in Canada, serving 1.2 million people.
Calgarians are, on average:
- young (average age of 36),
- diverse (28% visible minorities), and
- growing — we have thousands of new people arriving annually from across Canada and the world.
We're accessible and inclusive, valuing diverse perspectives.
A great place to make a living, a great place to make a life
Calgary is one of the most liveable cities on the planet. We have an excellent quality of life, low taxes and terrific access to nature on our back doorstep.
The City of Calgary is part of that success story; we're thousands of Calgarians serving the city we live in, the city we love.
We're building Calgary's future by making smart changes today.