Alberta Population Pyramid

Population of Alberta (Age and Sex) - 1921 to 2015

The population pyramid below animates the changes in the age distribution of Alberta’s population over the period of 1921 to 2015.  Click here to play the animation again, or download the pdf version.PDF format

Shifts in the age distribution result mainly from changes in fertility and, to a lesser degree, mortality. Overall, the impact of migration is less significant, but it can have a marked impact on specific age groups.

The relative size of the major cohorts in Alberta’s population is largely due to the differences in the size of the cohort at birth. For instance, the large Baby Boom cohort (born between 1946 and 1965) is the result of a rapid increase in fertility rates that occurred in a post-World War II period of economic prosperity. The dramatic decline in fertility rates immediately following the Baby Boom years leads to the Baby Bust cohort (born between 1965 and 1974). The “Echo” generation, children born to the large Boomer cohort between 1975 and 1995, also stands out in the pyramid.

Population Animation

For more information on Alberta Demographics, please contact:

Jennifer Hansen, Manager, Demography and Social Statistics
Office of Statistics and Information
Alberta Treasury Board and Finance
8th floor, Federal Building
9820 - 107 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 1E7
Telephone: 780-427-8811
Fax: 780-426-3951
To be connected toll-free in Alberta, dial 310-0000.

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Page last updated:  February 17, 2016