Why do we do a census?
The City of Calgary collects information on an annual basis in order to have a pulse on how Calgary is growing and changing every year. This will then dictate what services and programs are needed, and where. Information about roads, transit planning, recreation and even water services all get sorted after the census is collected, so the information that is sought is highly important.
Unlike the Federal census that is done every five years, Calgary’s municipal census has been conducted annualy since 1958. Every Spring, census takers knock on your door to obtain the following information:
Ownership status of your home
School Support (whether Public or Separate)
Total number of residents
Pre-school aged children born between certain years
And lastly, the age/gender of all the residents in the house.
Several months after data is harvested, results are released. This year’s results can be accessed here, showing a population increase of 1.45%, with Mahogany as Calgary’s leading community with regards to population increase. Since 1958, Calgary’s population has increased over 500%, having counted only 206,000 residents in Calgary back then. Now, we have over 1.2 million. Quite a bit of planning in regards to infrastructure and services has happened from then till now.
Census takers will politely try several times to get your information and they will leave notes on your door to alert you to the fact that they missed you. But, the information is important, so be sure to cooperate. What other questions would you ask in a census if you could? What other information would you like to know? Let us your thoughts in the comments below!