County hits 100,000 population mark

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We’ve been flirting with the 100,000 mark for years and now we’re finally there.

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The 2022 municipal census results released on Tuesday, September 13 pushed Strathcona County above the 100,000 population mark. As of May 1, 2022, 100,362 people have made Strathcona County their home.

“That’s a very significant number,” Mayor Rod Frank said at the council’s priorities committee meeting on Tuesday. “Besides the two major cities in this province, as well as Lethbridge and Red Deer, we are the only community with more than 100,000 people.

In the urban service area of ​​Sherwood Park, 73,000 people were recorded at the last census and 27,362 residents reside in the rural area on acreage, farms and in the rural hamlets.

The mayor pointed to services provided by county departments such as recreation, culture and parks, transportation and agriculture, fire and police, transit, and family and community services as reasons why people choose to settle in Strathcona County.

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“Much of this success is the result of our unique approach to not only residential growth, but also responsible industrial growth, commercial growth and agriculture. We’re really well balanced and focused on quality of life and important services,” Frank said.

According to the 2022 Municipal Census results released on Tuesday, September 13, Strathcona County has officially reached and surpassed the 100,000 population mark.  By May 2022, 100,362 people had called the county home.  Lindsay Morey/News Team
According to the 2022 Municipal Census results released on Tuesday, September 13, Strathcona County has officially reached and surpassed the 100,000 population mark. By May 2022, 100,362 people had called the county home. Lindsay Morey/News Team

Strathcona County continues to be the fifth largest municipality in Alberta and the second largest community in the Edmonton metropolitan area.

“I believe the successful growth will continue,” the mayor said. “Personally, I’ve seen the population go from 5,000 when we moved here to over 100,000 today, it’s phenomenal. We have gone from a farming community to a dormitory community to a self-governing community. »

Residents filled out the census in a number of ways — online, over the phone, at a kiosk inside a county-owned facility, or at their own doorstep with a census worker. Modern practices have also been implemented, abandoning the traditional paper method and opting for iPads, which has made the process much more efficient and environmentally friendly.

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The county typically conducts a census in a year when a federal count is absent, or it is scheduled around election years. But the pandemic threw a wrench into that routine when the county was set to shut down in the spring of 2020, and sure enough, that was undone.

The last 2018 municipal census counted 98,381 people living in Strathcona County (72,017 people in Sherwood Park and 27,208 people in the rural area), and the 2021 federal census pushed the municipality one step further to the helm of 100,000, totaling 99,225 inhabitants.

Comparing municipal results for 2018 and 2022, Strathcona County’s population increased by 2% or 1,981 people (2.3% in Sherwood Park (1,668 people) and 1.2% (313 people) in the area rural).

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Digging deeper into the 2022 results, you can also see how populations are changing in each neighborhood:

• Ward 1 had a population of 13,764 (representing 13.7% of the county’s total population; a growth of 1.2% since 2018)

• Ward 2 had a population of 14,271 (14.2% of the county’s total population; but has decreased by 1.2% since 2018)

• Ward 3 recorded 11,797 residents (11.8% of the county’s total population; a decrease of 0.1% since 2018)

• Ward 4 recorded 19,940 residents (19.9% ​​of the county’s total population; this ward grew the most with a growth rate of 10.5%)

• Ward 5 had a population of 9,882 (9.8% of the county’s total population; this ward had the second highest population growth since 2018 with a 5% increase)

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• Ward 6 had a population of 9,442 (9.4% of the county’s total population; a 1.6% increase since 2018)

• Ward 7 had a population of 8,322 (8.3% of the county’s total population; a decrease of 0.2% since 2018), and

• Ward 8 had 12,944 residents (12.9% of the county’s total population; this ward’s population declined the most over the past four years at -2.5%).

Before the municipal census described local population changes, the county hinted that it would conduct a ward boundary review process in the near future.

“This is really exciting news. When you think about some of the new subdivisions coming online with Hillshire and Cambrian over the next five to 10 years, there’s no reason why we wouldn’t see an increase in population of 6,000 to 7,000 and potentially more. We are truly becoming an amazing community,” noted Ward 2 Coun. David Anderson. “I often think of the saying ‘old men plant trees whose shadow they will never see.’ 100 years from now it may be a community of 200,000 people and it will be very different from what it is today, but we can all say that we helped bring it to where it is today. today.

Road signs indicating the population of the county should be updated soon.

The full 2022 Municipal Census Report is available online at strathcona.ca/census.

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