Record 10,552 births pushes city population to a million



chris bolin/for metro calgary


Kristen Gould, eight-months pregnant, walks her 20-month-old son Holden and dog Willis through a park in Lower Mount Royal in Calgary yesterday. Calgary is going through a baby boom, according to the 2007 census.


More than 10,000 babies were born in Calgary last year officially making it the “year of the baby” and a record year for the amount of babies born in the last 20 years, the mayor said after releasing the 2007 census.

“There’s no question about it, last year was the year of the baby boom in Calgary with over 10,500 babies born and that’s what it is. It’s great and it speaks to the fact that people are putting roots down in our community,” Bronconnier said.

Calgary grew by a total of more than 28,000 people last year pushing the city’s population to an astounding 1,019,942 with 10,552 babies born into the population.

Mayor Dave Bronconnier said the baby that pushed Calgary to the million mark “was not alone,” adding that last year’s birth total is a record for the last 20 years. In 2006, 9,887 babies were born; 2003 to 2005 all had more than 8,000.

Although the total increase the city experienced in 2006 was lower than the record-breaking year before, which was 35,681, the mayor said the current numbers are healthy and a slowdown is good. About 80 people a day flocked to Calgary last year. “Calgary is a magnet and continues to be attractive to the rest of Canada. It’s not a bad thing that less people moved here than the year before because it's still our third highest increase in the last 20 years and it gives us a chance to catch up on our breath.”

The other highlights of the census report are population increases downtown and specifically the Beltline, which excites the mayor.

“We’ve had a major increase in the Beltline area with more than 1,100 people moving there last year. The key strategy for the community is re-investing back into the inner city,” he said, adding that the plan to clean up the core from two years ago has been working.

More moving in

  • In the last year, 17,631 more people moved into Calgary than moved away from the city which was a decrease of 7,928 from 2006.

  • The number of housing units both existing and under construction jumped from 408,543 to 420,311. Of the 394,125 occupied dwellings in the city, 72 per cent are owner-occupied.

  • The number of vacant dwellings has decreased from 6,809 in 2006 to 5,825 in 2007. The city's overall vacancy rate is 1.46 per cent, down from 1.73 per cent in April 2006.

  • 14 Calgary communities had a population increase of more than 1,000 people in the last year, and two communities had increases more than 100 per cent.