Lethbridge is the fifth fastest growing city in Canada and for a number of reasons. It has a diverse and dynamic population coupled with affordable housing, and a friendly, welcoming community. And there are a wide choice of economic opportunities. Here is a look at the demographics of Lethbridge and why they make Lethbridge a great place to live.
The current population of Lethbridge is just over 98,000. Between 2011 and 2016 it grew at a rate of 10.8% per year. And it has grown at a rate of 2% every year since then. This steady growth has been excellent for the business community, as well as city planning and infrastructure development.
Currently, many of the upgrades and developments in Lethbridge can be seen on the up and coming west side of the city. These planned neighbourhoods are attracting young families which make up the majority of the growth of the city.
The age distribution of Lethbridge breaks down like this:
- 14 and under – 18.2%
- 15 to 64 – 67.4%
- 65 and over – 14.4%
These numbers show that the overwhelming amount of Lethbridge’s population is under the age of 65. This should come as no surprise as more than a quarter of the adult population is under the age of 34. The city is brimming with a youthful spirit and energy.
The University of Lethbridge is one of the reasons that a large majority of the population is under 34, but the other population that makes up these numbers is young families. Lethbridge is such an attractive city for young families because of the diverse economic opportunities that abound in the city as well as excellent city development and affordable housing.
Lethbridge’s post-secondary opportunities gives employers access to a wide range of educated potential employees. The wide range of diverse economic opportunities give these graduates the ability to settle and live in Lethbridge. It is no wonder that Lethbridge has the lowest unemployment rate in the province of Alberta at 5.9%.
Lethbridge is split into 3 major geographical areas – North, South and West. Here is a brief description of each of these areas and their boundaries.
West Lethbridge is separated by the Oldman River and is the newest of the three areas. This is where the bulk of the new neighbourhood developments and most of the new schools are being built. West Lethbridge is also the home of the University of Lethbridge. This area contains the youngest population in the city and is an attractive location for families.
South Lethbridge is the commercial heart of the city and is the oldest part of the city. This area contains the downtown core as well as the bulk of the city’s retail and hospitality services. Lethbridge College and the ENMAX Centre are located in South Lethbridge. The ENMAX Centre is home of the Lethbridge Hurricanes, our major junior ice hockey team, in the Eastern Conference of the Western Hockey League.
North Lethbridge was originally populated by of a number of coal mines located in the area. Today, North Lethbridge is home to many of the city’s industrial parks. North and South Lethbridge are separated by the Crowsnest Highway and the CPR rail line.
The majority of homes in Lethbridge (68.3%) are stand-alone singe dwelling structures. 26.1% of these homes are comprised of families with children under the age of 24. There has been significant growth in both of these demographics with single dwelling homes growing 11.4% in 5 years and young families growing by 6.1% over the same time.
13% of Lethbridge’s housing is apartments, which gives Lethbridge a nice balance of housing choice in the city’s 40 neighbourhoods.
The three most spoken languages in Lethbridge in order are:
- English – 84.4%
- German – 4.3%
- Dutch – 2.1%
There is also a diverse population of First Nations as the city is situated on the traditional Blackfoot territory. Lethbridge is bordered by the Blood Reserve – the largest in Canada. As a result, attractive First Nation culture and heritage can be seen throughout the city.
Lethbridge is also home to an ever growing immigrant population. This group has grown over 13% in the past 5 years and is an integral part of the city’s economy. I find that immigrants are especially good workers. They are very motivated to succeed and contribute to their new country.
And we have compassion. Lethbridge has also welcomed a wide number of refugees and is home to a large population of Bhutanese refugees as well as hundreds of Syrian refugees. This diverse refugee and immigrant population brings a wonderful multicultural aspect to this welcoming city.
Lethbridge – One of the Fastest Growing Cities in Western Canada
One look at the newly developed and well-planned neighbourhoods of West Lethbridge, as well as the new community centers and schools in the city shows where the city’s focus for growth is directed. Lethbridge’s future looks bright and the city will continue to enjoy steady growth and be viewed as a delightful place to live and raise a family.
I have lived in Lethbridge for 45 years and enjoy all the great aspects of the city. I have been involved in real estate for a number of years and have been recognized as a top 10 real estate agent by REMAX. This means I’m very successful at helping both buyers and sellers get what they want.
I would love to show you some of the exciting, affordable properties that Lethbridge has to offer and why Lethbridge is a great place to live. I look forward to speaking with you soon.