Lethbridge area ‘bucking the trend’ with larger population growth than most of Alberta – Lethbridge

New figures from Statistics Canada show what some are calling an encouraging trend in and around Lethbridge as the population continues to grow at a faster rate than other parts of Alberta.

According to annual population estimates released Thursday, the population of the Lethbridge CMA (census metropolitan area) increased by 0.9% from July 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021.

The CMA, which includes the city, the county of Lethbridge and the towns within it, had a population of 130,027.

“What we’ve seen in most of Alberta is a net loss of population,” said Trevor Lewington, CEO of Economic Development Lethbridge. “So many CMAs are actually down or significantly less growing than Lethbridge. »

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For the second consecutive year, the main factor behind the slowdown in population growth in Canada’s CMAs was the lack of international migration.

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Lewington said the average population growth over the past 10 years in Lethbridge was 1.7%.

“Given everything that’s going on in the world, almost one percent population growth is actually pretty good.”

Ray Manning, who moved to Lethbridge from British Columbia in June, said a variety of factors influenced his family’s decision to move, including the price of housing.

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“There just weren’t as many amenities in Kamloops as here,” he added. “It’s closer to the US border and we have kids in Idaho, so it’s a shorter drive.”

With retirement already behind him, Manning sees Lethbridge as a place to settle for the long term.

“The whole city is really very pleasant, the flows are very pleasant. I love sunsets.

The smallest growth rate cited in the Statistics Canada report in Alberta was -2.2% in Lacombe, while the highest was in Calgary, also at 0.9%.

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