Statistics - Grande Prairie, Alberta

The City of Grande Prairie has grown quite rapidly in recent years. Grande Prairie's population in August of 2007 climbed over the 50,000 mark and a few years later in 2011 passed the 55,000 mark. In 2016 the census showed the population was 69,088. Grande Prairie serves a trading area of about 290,000 people.





THE MEDIAN AGE (2018)
Numbers indicate that Grande Prairie is the youngest city in Canada with a median age of 31.9. There are more residents under the age of 5 than there are over the age of 65. The largest age group is 30-34 with close to 7,000, with 25-29 age group a close 2nd. Just over 5,000 are the 20-24, the 35-39 age group and the 5 and under age group.


Population 2015: 68,556
Population 2011: 55,032
Population 2007: 50,227
Population 2006: 47,076
Population 2005: 44,631
Population 2003: 40,226
Population 2002: 44,631
Population 2001: 36,995
Population 1996: 31,140
Population 1991: 28,271
Population 1978: 18,429
Population 1965: 11,129



ECONOMY OF GRANDE PRAIRIE:
The main economy of Grande Prairie and area is Agriculture, Forestry, Oil and Natural Gas. Grande Prairie is a Wholesale and Retail Centre serving Northwest Alberta and Northeast British Columbia. A Business Advantage of the area is that there is no sales taxes.

FAMILY INCOME: 2017 the Median Family Income for residents in Grande Prairie was $118,026. In 2001 over 50% of families earned $60,000 and over. About 25% earned between $40,000 and $59,999. There were about 20% of families that earned between $20,000 and $39,999. Only 10% of families had income less than $19,999.

GRANDE PRAIRIE LABOR FORCE BY INDUSTRY: (2001 Stats)
Business and Community Services: 41%, Retail and wholesale: 19%, Construction: 9%, Mining: 9%, Manufacturing: 6%, Transportation and Utilities: 5%, Finance: 5% Public Administration: 3%, Agriculture: 2%.

The highest average wage (2017 Stats) is in the Oil & Gas Industry followed by Utilities, Educational Services, Manufacturing, Public Administration, Construction, Transportation & Warehousing, Health Care, Professional & Scientific Services, Forestry, and then others.



HOUSING STARTS:
The total amount of Housing Starts in 2005 was 1,231 compared to 724 in 2001.

FAMILY HOMES:
Most people lived in their own home in 2001 with about 65% of the population. The rest rented. 2001 had 65% of residents in Grande Prairie living in Single-detached houses, while 22% lived in apartments. Abut 9% lived in Row and semi-detached houses. The rest lived in detached duplexes and movable dwellings.

FAMILY EXPENSES:
Most of the income was spent on food and shelter. Next was transportation, then household expenses that included furnishings.

The average residential home price in 2018 was $304,365. The average rent for a 2 bedrrom suite was $1,122.

MARITAL STATUS:
The number of married people in Grande Prairie is 47% (2001) which is lower than the Provincial number of 52%.

BABY BOOMERS RETIRE:
Almost 8 per cent of Grande Prairie's workforce is nearing retirement aged 55 to 64. (released 2008) There is a national trend that shows there are fewer young people available to replace the retiring employees.

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