Alberta Population

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According to calculations made using historical population census data and statistical population growth rates, the population of Alberta as of the year 2013 is 3,847,100.

Alberta’s population of 3,847,100 makes up approximately 10.9% of the Canadian national population. With a 10.8% population growth rate Alberta has seen over the past years, Alberta has one of the highest growth rates and is the forth most populated province in Canada. Ontario is the most populated province with 13.5 million people and Manitoba trails behind Alberta with 1.2 million inhabitants.

Alberta is well known for it’s main tourist destinations including Banff, Canmore, Drumheller, Jasper and Sylvan Lake.


Alberta Land Area

Alberta ranks 6th in total area among all Canadian provinces and territories. Alberta has a land mass of 640,081 km^2 or 247,137 mi^2 or 158,167,460 acres. Alberta makes up approximately 6.6% of Canada’s entire area and has a water area of 19,531 km^2 or 7,541 mi^2 or 4,826,215 acres.



Alberta Borders

Alberta is a landlocked province on the western side of Canada and is bordered to the west by British Columbia, to the north by the Northwest Territories, and is bordered to the east by Saskatchewan. Alberta is also among the 3 provinces that bordered by only a single US State (Montana).


Alberta’s Largest City

Alberta’s largest city is Calgary which has a population of 1,214,839. The next largest city in the province of Alberta is Edmonton which is close behind with a population of 1,159,869. Calgary is highlighted by it’s central location as a prime aircraft hub for the nation of Canada.  Calgary’s international airport is the third most used.


Alberta Federal Representation

Alberta holds 28 of the 308 House of Commons seats making up 9.1% of the total.

Alberta holds 6 of the 105 Senate Seats making up 5.7% of the total.


Alberta Religious Demographics

Religious Affiliations

  • Protestant – pop. 1145455 (38.95%)
  • Catholic – pop. 784855 (26.69%)
  • No Religion – pop. 694840 (23.62%)
  • Other Christian – pop. 123145 (4.19%)
  • Muslim – pop. 49045 (1.67%)
  • Orthodox – pop. 45985 (1.56%)
  • Buddhist – pop. 33415 (1.14%)
  • Sikh – pop. 23470 (0.8%)
  • Hindu – pop. 15970 (0.54%)
  • Jewish – pop. 11090 (0.38%)
  • Aboriginal spirituality – pop. 5860 (0.2%)
  • Other Eastern Religions – pop. 3330 (0.11%)
  • Pagan – pop. 3035 (0.1%)

Alberta Ethnic Demographics

Ethnic Origins

  • English – pop. 885,825 (27.2%)
  • German – pop. 679,705 (20.9%)
  • Canadian – pop. 667,405 (20.5%)
  • Scottish – pop. 661,265 (20.3%)
  • Irish – pop. 539,160 (16.6%)
  • French – pop. 332,675 (11.31%)
  • Ukrainian – pop. 332,180 (10.2%)
  • Dutch – pop. 172,910 (5.3%)
  • Polish – pop. 170,935 (5.2%)
  • First Nations – pop. 169,355 (5.2%)
  • Norwegian – pop. 144,585 (4.4%)
  • Chinese – pop. 137,600 (4.2%)
  • Swedish – pop. 93,810 (2.9%)
  • Russian – pop. 92,020 (2.8%)
  • Indian – pop. 88,165 (2.7%)
  • Métis – pop. 83,235 (2.6%)
  • Italian – pop. 82,015 (2.5%)
  • Welsh – pop. 76,115 (2.3%)

Alberta Economic Statistics

Alberta’s economy makes up approximately 20% of the total gross domestic product of Canada at $320 billion making it the second largest contributor to Canada’s total gross domestic product. The economy has primarily been driven by it’s abundance of natural resources making it a popular destination in the mining sector. Recently Alberta has been shifting towards the services and knowledge sectors focusing more on technology and the sciences.


Alberta Historical Population Statistics

Year Population
1901 73,022
1911 374,295
1921 588,454
1931 731,605
1941 796,169
1951 939,501
1956 1,123,116
1961 1,331,944
1966 1,463,203
1971 1,627,875
1976 1,838,035
1981 2,237,724
1986 2,365,830
1991 2,545,553
1996 2,696,826
2001 2,974,807
2006 3,290,350
2011 3,645,257

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