Census History

2016 Census Information

Accurate population data and demographic information are vital for the City’s strategic planning, operations and service provision. The data gathered through the census has an impact on provincial funding allocations and improves our ability to plan for growth and manage programs and services. The Municipal Government Act provides the authority for municipalities to conduct a census, and Policy 6,029CM guides the frequency and administration of each census. In addition to the direction provided in our official policy, it is advantageous to conduct a census frequently after a population reaches 20,000 since there are financial incentives in terms of available funding to a municipality reporting incremental population increases. 

The primary objective of the 2016 municipal census was to provide a reliable population count. In addition to the count, staff gathered data on age and sex of residents, as well as on the type of dwelling units in the City. The count began on April 6, 2016 and concluded on May 31, 2016. Residents had the option of providing a response online, by telephone or via door-to-door enumeration. 47% of Spruce Grove households elected to respond to the census via the online portal.

All of the information discussed in the Census Demographic Report PDF is taken from the 2016 census or from previous municipal censuses. Any data that refers to the Province of Alberta or Canada as a whole was taken from the 2011 Federal Census. The response rate for the 2016 census was 100%. Overall, a total of 14,716 residential properties were counted resulting in a total population of 33,640 residents and 12,650 households. There were no notable concerns with the data quality. 

Historical census results 

Year Population
1916 47
1955 275
1956 305
1957 303
1958 303
1959 314
1960 - 1968 No census taken
1969 667
1970 1,110
1971 No census taken
1972 3,320
1973 No census taken
1974 4,900
1975 6,146
1976 6,827
1977 7,137
1978 7,874
1979 8,411
1980 9,074
1981 9,749
1982 10,784
1983 11,307
1984 11,569
1985 No census taken
1986 11,897
1987 - 1988 No census taken
1989 12,332
1990 12,403
1991 No census taken
1992 13,076
1993 - 1995 No census taken
1996 14,123
1996 (Federal) 14,271
1999 15,069
2001 (Federal) 15,983
2002 No census taken
2003 17,082
2004 No census taken
2005 18,405
2006 (Federal) 19,496
2007 No census taken
2009 23,326
2010 24,646
2011 (Federal) 26,171
2012 No census taken
2013 27,875
2014 29,526
2015 32,036
2016 33,640 
2016 (Federal) 34, 066