First and foremost, Calgary is the largest city in Alberta, the fourth largest city in Canada, and hosts the largest population of immigrants after Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. It is located where Bow River and Elbow River meet in the south of Alberta Province. In the early 1880s, Canada’s first transcontinental railway, the Canadian Pacific Railway extended west from Central Canada, the city was Canada’s commercial and agricultural hub.
In 2010, Calgary’s immigrant population was roughly 304,000 — or nearly 30 per cent of the total population. In 2012 Calgary was designated one of Canada’s cultural capitals and now it attracts newcomers to Canada with its job opportunities, magnificent landscapes and friendly people. Actually, the city has it all: scenic, charming, friendly people and affordability.
In 1988 Calgary hosted the Winter Olympics, officially known as the XV Olympic Winter Games, which was a multi-sport event that took place between February 13 and 28. It was the first Winter Olympics to be held over a whole two week period. Calgary is also home of the Calgary Stampede, an annual 10-day rodeo that attracts more than a million visitors each July.
City of Calgary population statistics
- Received city status: 1894
- Population: 1,547,484 (2020)
- Average age: 37.2 years (Annual Demographic Estimates, Statistics Canada, February 2020)
Total visible minority population is 146,310
- Arab: 26,320
- Chinese: 89,675
- Filipino: 70,660
- Black: 54,190
- Southeast Asian: 23,240
- Latin American: 27,710
- South Asian: 122,900
Calgary is home to 180 neighborhoods within its city limits. Some of the largest neighborhoods by population include;
- Panorama Hills — 25,993
- Beltline — 21,939
- Evergreen — 21,700
- Tuscany — 19,737
- Taradale — 19,223
Some of the most expensive neighborhoods in Calgary are;
Avg Price: $1,026,667
Median Income (2016 Census): $260,339
Bayview is a small and picturesque neighborhood that borders the Glenmore Reservoir. The access to pathways, the reservoir, shopping, and getting into downtown is excellent. Bayview has about 56% of its population between the ages of 15 and 64. The age group of 65+ is typically about 10% in many other Calgary communities but is at 26% here in Bayview. It is one of those communities that once you move here, you will never want to leave — a real gem in Calgary.
Average Price: $1,257,362
Median Income (2016 Census): $162,540
Rosedale is a small community east of SAIT campus with an incredible access to Kensington. The homes in this area are elegant and plush with views of downtown and the river.
St. Andrews Heights, Calgary
Average Price: $1,336,667
Median Income (2016 Census): $101,302
St. Andrews Heights has exquisite homes with some of the most amazing views located on Toronto Crescent NW. These architectural wonders have access to Crowchild Trail and you can get anywhere you want in the city super quick.
Average Price: $1,439,167
Median Income (2016 Census): $268,603
Britannia is an affluent neighborhood bordering the Elbow River on the west with close access to downtown and some of the most sought-after shops like Village Ice Cream.
Average Price: $1,490,000
Median Income (2016 Census): $565,835
This affluent neighborhood has the highest median income in the city at $565,000. The elegant scenes from the Elbow River flowing and a large park situated on the east is to die for.