The City of Calgary has released the 2014 results of the Civic Census. In this report, the fastest-growing Calgary communities have been revealed as well as the neighbourhoods that have been growing at a slower pace. This year, the Saddleridge community is the fastest-growing neighbourhood in Calgary with an increased population of 2,373 when compared to last year.
The 7 other communities in the city that saw a growth rate of at least 1000 residents include the following:
Beltline - 1,091 new residents
Aspen Woods - 1,095 new residents
Panorama Hills – 1,384 new residents
Skyview Ranch - 1,759 new residents
Cranston - 1,858 new residents
Auburn Bay - 2,242 new residents
Saddleridge – 2,373 new residents
According to Mayor Naheed Nenshi, approximately 58% of Calgary's growth is taking place in new neighbourhoods while only 42% is occurring in the existing neighbourhoods. This is a shift compared to previous numbers where up to 125% of the growth would take place in new neighbourhoods and there would be a negative 25% growth in existing neighbourhoods.
Some of the Calgary communities experienced tremendous negative growth due to the flooding that took place last year. In Elbow Park, 10% of the residents left the area, in Rideau Park there was a 23% population drop while Roxboro saw a decrease of 40% in its population numbers.
The population of Calgary went up to 1,195,194 this year. The overall population in the city went up by 38,508 residents since last year's Civic Census. Calgary's vacancy rate went down to 2.01% this year from the 2.59% rate that was recorded last year. As well, in 2013 there were 11,782 vacant rental units in the city and this number fell to 9,315 in 2014.