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Airdrie
City
City of Airdrie
Aerial view of Airdrie
Aerial view of Airdrie
Flag of Airdrie
Flag
Official logo of Airdrie
Logo
Country Canada
Province Alberta
Region Calgary Region
Census division 6
Founded 1899
Incorporated  
 • Village  September 10, 1909
 • Town May 1, 1974
 • City January 1, 1985
Area (2016)
 • Land 84.57 km2 (32.65 sq mi)
Elevation 1,098 m (3,602 ft)
Population (2016)
 • Total 61,581
 • Density 728.2/km2 (1,886/sq mi)
 • Municipal census (2016) 61,842
Demonym(s) Airdrite; Airdronian
Time zone MST (UTC−7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−6)
Postal code span T4A, T4B
Area code(s) 403, 587
Highways Queen Elizabeth II Highway
Website Official website

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.

The City of Airdrie is part of the Calgary census metropolitan area and a member community of the Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP). The city is surrounded by Rocky View County.

History

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.

Geography

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.

Neighbourhoods

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
  • Bayside/Bayspring
  • Big Springs
  • Canals
  • Coopers Crossing
  • Downtown
  • East Lake Industrial
  • Edgewater
  • Edmonton Trail

Demographics

Federal census
population history
Year Pop. ±%
1911 164 —    
1916 156 −4.9%
1921 160 +2.6%
1926 191 +19.4%
1931 198 +3.7%
1936 214 +8.1%
1941 191 −10.7%
1946 198 +3.7%
1951 267 +34.8%
1956 327 +22.5%
1961 524 +60.2%
1966 778 +48.5%
1971 1,089 +40.0%
1976 1,408 +29.3%
1981 8,414 +497.6%
1986 10,390 +23.5%
1991 12,456 +19.9%
1996 15,946 +28.0%
2001 20,382 +27.8%
2006 28,927 +41.9%
2011 42,564 +47.1%
2016 61,581 +44.7%
Source: Statistics Canada

Visible minority and Aboriginal population (Canada 2006 Census)
Population group Population  % of total population
White 27,040 93.9%
Visible minority group
Source:
South Asian 190 0.7%
Chinese 230 0.8%
Black 95 0.3%
Filipino 125 0.4%
Latin American 50 0.2%
Arab 10 0%
Southeast Asian 0 0%
West Asian 40 0.1%
Korean 40 0.1%
Japanese 60 0.2%
Visible minority, n.i.e. 0 0%
Multiple visible minority 35 0.1%
Total visible minority population 885 3.1%
Aboriginal group
Source:
First Nations 280 1%
Métis 555 1.9%
Inuit 15 0.1%
Aboriginal, n.i.e. 10 0%
Multiple Aboriginal identity 10 0%
Total Aboriginal population 870 3%
Total population 28,795 100%

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.

Religion

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.

Attractions

  • 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

Sister cities

Country City Date
 South Korea Gwacheon 1997

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