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2015 RMWB census reveals higher permanent population, gender/generation gaps

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7

While the municipality’s “shadow population” experienced a significant decline between censuses, the permanent population of the RMWB has hit a new milestone.

Permanent residents account for 81,948 in the 2015 municipal census, marking the first time the population has crossed 80,000. Combined with the remaining shadow population, and the region’s total population is tabbed at 125,043 as of July 2015.

The 2015 census was very focused, leaving out questions regarding ethnicity, marital status, and employment. Instead, the questionnaire focused on age, gender, and living accommodations.

The numbers show a continued disparity between men and women, with the male population coming in at 55.4% of the total. Males outnumbered females in every demographic save for the 75+, where women enjoyed a 55.1% majority.

The age analysis also revealed a significant boom in the child population under 10. That demographic outnumbers children and teenagers aged 10 to 19 by at least 2,000 according to the stats, coming in at 10,343.

You can read the whole report here.

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