Airdrie, Alberta facts for kids
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|City of Airdrie|
Aerial view of Airdrie
|• Village||September 10, 1909|
|• Town||May 1, 1974|
|• City||January 1, 1985|
|• Land||84.57 km2 (32.65 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,098 m (3,602 ft)|
|• Density||728.2/km2 (1,886/sq mi)|
|• Municipal census (2016)||61,842|
|Time zone||UTC−7 (MST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−6 (MDT)|
|Postal code span||
|Area code(s)||403, 587|
|Highways||Queen Elizabeth II Highway|
Airdrie is a city in Alberta, Canada within the Calgary Region. It is located north of Calgary within the Calgary–Edmonton Corridor at the intersection of Queen Elizabeth II Highway (Highway 2) and Highway 567.
Airdrie was first established as a railway siding in 1889 during the construction of the Calgary and Edmonton Railway, named for Airdrie, Scotland. Only railway buildings existed until 1901 when the first farmhouse and barn was built, followed by a post office and store in that same year. Today, Airdrie is a bedroom community and industrial centre.
Recent annexation of land by Airdrie to the south, coupled with recent expansion of Calgary's city limits in July 2007, have placed the two cities' boundaries within only a few kilometres of each other.
Airdrie is divided into four civic addressing quadrants. As of the 2012 census, the City of Airdrie recognized the following neighbourhoods, not including rural and annexation land.
- Airdrie Meadows
- Big Springs
- Coopers Crossing
- East Lake Industrial
- Edmonton Trail
|Source: Statistics Canada
|Visible minority and Aboriginal population (Canada 2006 Census)|
|Population group||Population||% of total population|
|Visible minority group
|Visible minority, n.i.e.||0||0%|
|Multiple visible minority||35||0.1%|
|Total visible minority population||885||3.1%|
|Multiple Aboriginal identity||10||0%|
|Total Aboriginal population||870||3%|
In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the City of Airdrie recorded a population of 61,581 living in 21,661 of its 22,398 total private dwellings, a change of 42.3% from its 2011 population of 43,271. With a land area of 84.57 km2 (32.65 sq mi), it had a population density of 728.2/km2 (1,886/sq mi) in 2016.
The population of the City of Airdrie according to its 2016 municipal census is 61,842, a change of 5.4% from its 2015 municipal census population of 58,690.
In the 2011 Census, the City of Airdrie had a population of 42,564 living in 15,024 of its 15,638 total dwellings, a change of 47.1% from its 2006 population of 28,927. With a land area of 33.1 km2 (12.8 sq mi), it had a population density of 1,285.9/km2 (3,330/sq mi) in 2011. The 2011 census also indicated that Airdrie was ranked as the municipality with the eighth-highest population growth between 2006 and 2011. Following its 2011 annexation, Statistics Canada adjusted Airdrie's 2011 population by an additional 707 people to 43,271.
According to 2001 Statistics Canada Census, the religious breakdown of Airdrie's residents was as follows:
- Protestant: 46.3%
- Catholic: 22.7%
- Other Christian: 3.9%
- Other Non-Christian: 1.58%
- Muslim: .018%
- No religion: 24.2%
Arts and culture
Nose Creek Park hosts the annual Airdrie Festival of Lights in the Christmas season. Other annual festivals include the Canada Day Parade and the Airdrie Pro Rodeo. Airdrie's primary cultural venues include the Nose Creek Valley Museum and the Bert Church Live Theatre.
- Nose Creek Park
- Nose Creek Valley Museum
- Bert Church Live Theatre
- Iron Horse Park
- Airdrie Festival of Lights
- Airdrie Pro Rodeo
- Airdrie Family Fall Fair
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