Census Figures in For Region

Municipal officials around the country are sorting through yesterday's census numbers released by Statistics Canada

On the heels of yesterday's Statistics Canada Census data dump, Municipal officials across the country are now combing through the information to determine what the numbers indicate for their respective communities.

In Vegreville, the latest data points to a population decrease when compared to the last Census in 2011.

According to Stats. Can., the enumerated population of the Town of Vegreville is 5,708, down slightly from 5,717 in 2011.

Vegreville's population decrease of .2% is minor when compared to Minburn County's overall population drop of 5.8% or 195 residents to 3,188.

Around the region; the Town of Mundare's population according to Stats. Can. is 852, down .4%, or 3 residents from 2011, while Lamont County's total population saw a .7% increase to 3,899.

The Town of Two Hills saw a 2% drop in population from 2011 to 1,352 while Two Hills County saw a 5% population increase, up from 3,160 to 3,322.

The two largest communities in Beaver County went in different directions in terms of population counts. The Town of Viking's population shot up 4% from 2011's 1,041 to 1,083 while the Town of Tofield saw a 4.6% decrease to 2,081, down 101 residents from 2011. Meantime, Beaver County's population is up nearly 4% to 5,905.

Finally, the Town of Vermilion saw a nearly 4% increase, up from 3,930 residents to 4,084. Vermilion River County's population was also on the rise, up 4.6% to 8,267 residents.

Overall, the regional numbers pale in comparison to the provincial average. As a whole, Alberta's population was up 11.6% from 2011, substantially higher than the National Rate of Growth of 5%.

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