Edmonton Population 2022 Statistics

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The population for 2021 in Edmonton is 1,047,003. This represents 23.7 percent of the number of people living in Alberta. This figure is based on extrapolating the data from the census of 2016. The census for 2021 is expected in 2022.

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Edmonton is among the five biggest cities in Canada. It is known by its nickname of”the Gateway to the North, it is the capital of Alberta but it’s not the one that has the largest population in the province. That honor is given to Edmonton located in the southern part of the Calgary-Edmonton Corridor.

The greater Edmonton Metropolitan Area has a population of 1,321,426 as of 2016. and more information is available in the following section.

Edmonton Population Expansion

Fort Edmonton was founded as an exchange post for the Hudson Bay Company in 1795. Between 1895 and 1830, Fort Edmonton was at four different locations before finally settling down on Fort Edmonton as its permanent home in 1830.

In the year 1878, when it was the time of the municipal census in Edmonton it had a population of only 148 residents.

Census data for Edmonton are available only since 1901, the year when the population of residents who lived in Edmonton was just 2,626 residents. Apart from a short decline between 1991 and 1996 the population has increased at every census since then.

The city’s expansion is due to the absorption of neighboring municipalities (notably Strathcona, North Edmonton, West Edmonton, Jasper Place, and Beverly).

Moving forward to the next decade, in the future, the City of Edmonton predicts that it will increase to a two million-strong population in 2040 which would result in the population could double within just 20 years.

The table below shows the Edmonton population in Edmonton each census after the year 1901.


Edmonton Metro Population

It is reported that the Edmonton CMA (Census Metropolitan Area) was home to 1.321.426 at the time of the 2016 census. This was more than 13.9 percent from the census of 2011, where the population was 1,159,869.

The most recent information provided by the Alberta government estimates the population for 2021 in Edmonton Metro Area at 1,491,000. Edmonton Metro Area at 1,491,000.

In 2016 Edmonton CMA Edmonton CMA had a population density of 140 individuals per sq km.

Apart from Edmonton itself, the other major cities of the population within Edmonton CMA include: Edmonton CMA are:

  • Strathcona County (population 98,044)
  • St Albert (population 65,589)
  • Spruce Grove (population 34,066
  • Parkland County (population 32,097)
  • Leduc (population 29,993)
  • Fort Saskatchewan (population 24,149)
  • Sturgeon County (population 20,495)

All data comes taken from the census of 2016.

Visible Minorities

In 2016 the visible minorities comprised 37.1 percent of the city’s inhabitants. This was a substantial improvement from the 30 percent reported just five years prior in the census of 2011. It was only 40 years ago that when the census was conducted in 1981, only 2.95 percent of residents in Edmonton were classified as visible minorities.

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Four visible minorities comprise more than five percent of the total population. They include South Asian (9.5%), Chinese (6.3%), Black (5.9%), and Filipino (5/9 percent).

Additionally, 5.5 percent of people are part of an aboriginal population with the two most significant being Metis (2.8 percent) as well as First Nations (2.5 percent).

Europeans were the biggest group, accounting for 57.4 percent of the population, a decrease from 64.7 percent in the year 2011.

Ethnic Origin

The biggest ethnic group within Edmonton can be found in Canadian (17.41 percent) which is followed by English, Scottish, German, Irish and Ukrainian.

The table below lists the ethnic ancestry of Edmonton residents in the year 2016.

Origins of ethnicityPopulationPercent
East Indian67,9357.44%


English is one of the frequently utilized official languages spoken in Edmonton. 97.7 percent of Edmontonians in Edmonton are fluent in English. 7.2 percent of people speak English as well as French while just 0.2 percent speak just French.

But, English is the mother-spoken language of only 63.8 percent of Edmonton residents, with French being the language spoken by only 1.9 percent of Edmontonians.


The data on religion isn’t included during the count. It is instead collected by the household survey. The information below comes from the 2011 survey of households.

Christianity is the most popular one-world religion that is found in Edmonton. 55.8 percent of the population is Christian. Catholics (25.9 percent) are the biggest single-grouping.

Other major religions include: Muslim (5.5%), Sikh (2.5%), Buddhist (2.1%), Hindu (1.9%), Jewish (0.4%) along with Aboriginal Spirituality (0.2 percent)

The percentage of people who claim they do not believe in God is 31.1 percent.

Edmonton Population Density

The Edmonton population density for 2016 was 1,186.8 people per square kilometer.

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