By Trevor Busch
Preliminary results from the Town of Taber’s 2015 municipal census are in, and the community now tops out at 8,380 residents, a jump of 276 residents since 2011.
Completed at the end of June, the census information was collected from 3,426 households, including all multiple dwellings. All households were accounted for either through a resident response or a neighbour response.
“Our population is up to 8,380, from 8,104,” said CAO Greg Birch, speaking at the July 20 meeting of town council.
In the past four years, the town has experienced a 0.85 per cent growth rate per year (calculated from 2011 to 2015). This rate is down from a previous growth rate of 1.35 per cent (calculated from 2006 to 2011).
The census also collected information regarding age, gender, primary language, and for how long residents have lived in Taber. This information is expected to be provided to council (and the public) in coming weeks.
A population affidavit will also be submitted to Alberta Municipal Affairs to report the official population increase.
“The process is to submit this to the province in an official letter,” said Birch. “So we sign off, and as soon as the province recognizes it, this will become the official population of the town of Taber, effective this year.”
In the 2011 census, the town of Taber had a population of 8,104 living in 3,086 of its 3,279 total dwellings, a 6.8 per cent change from its 2006 population of 7,591. With a land area of 15.09 km2, it had a population density of 537.0/km2 in 2011.
In 2006, Taber had a population of 7,591 living in 3,034 dwellings, a one per cent decrease from 2001.
The town has a land area of 15.09 km2 and a population density of 503.2/km2.